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Collection Highlights

African-American Collection

The African American Collection is a reference collection of materials located on the fourth floor of the Main Library and highlighting the cultural life and contributions of people of African descent in Jacksonville, in Florida, in the United States, and in the world.

Augusta Savage Sculpture

The library had the opportunity to have the small-scale, painted terra cotta female bust appraised and authenticated. As a result, the sculpture of unknown title, which is signed by the artist, is confirmed to have been created by Augusta Savage.

Boat Excursions NE Florida

This collection contains photographs taken during trips on the St. Johns River and surrounding waterways in NE Florida. The originals were donated to the Jacksonville Public Library and are archived in the Florida Special Collection Department.

Delius Collection

The Delius Collection is located in the Main Library, and is an assemblage of resources relating to Frederick Delius, the British composer who resided in the Jacksonville area during 1884-85.

Florida Collection

The Florida Collection is designed to support the research needs of historians, academic researchers, environmentalists, and the media.  Items date from the 17th through the 21st century, and subjects covered in depth include history, biographies, travel, flora and fauna, economics, and government.

Genealogy Collection

The Main Library’s Genealogy Department is an official Family History Center.

Government Documents Collection

The Jacksonville Public Library is a member of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). Federal agencies produce materials on a wide range of topics, in print and digitally, and this information is disseminated to the public through the Government Publishing Office’s FDLP.

Great Fire of 1901

This collection contains original hand-written and typed telegraphic correspondence, and photographs related to the Great Fire of 1901 in Jacksonville, Florida. On Friday, May 3, 1901, flames engulfed the vibrant young southern city of Jacksonville, Florida.

Holocaust Collection

In 2004, WJCT Public Broadcasting launched Remembering for the Future: The Holocaust Legacy Continues.

Jacksonville Newspaper Indexes

The Jacksonville Newspaper Indexes were created to supplement the local newspapers: The Jacksonville Journal,  The Florida Times-Union, and The Florida Times-Union Star Edition.

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