Florida's historical records are among the most important historical and cultural resources belonging to the people of Florida.
Florida's archival records are among the most important historical and cultural resources belonging to the people of Florida. These unique, irreplaceable records are essential to ensuring the rights of citizens and organizations and to understanding the responsibilities and limitations of government. They offer insight into our diverse heritage and history; provide government officials the perspective they need to manage responsibly; and supply valuable information for historians, genealogists, teachers, and students from across the state and beyond.
The State Archives of Florida is the central repository for the archives of state government. In the broadest sense, the purpose of the State Archives of Florida is to preserve and make available to the public the permanent historical public and private records of Florida in its custody. The Archivesï¿½ specific mandate in Section 257.35, Florida Statutes, authorizes the State Archives of Florida to:
* accept, arrange, and preserve records and manuscripts transferred to its custody;
* provide a public research room where the materials may be studied;
* promote and encourage research in Florida history;
* assist government agencies, libraries, institutions, and individuals in preserving and making available those records deemed archival and/or historical; and
* publish guides, indexes, or any other publications that further the knowledge of Florida history.
The State Archives of Florida is a program of the Division of Library and Information Services under the Florida Department of State. The State Archives has statewide responsibility to promote the economical and efficient management of public records as defined in Chapter 119, Florida Statutes, and to preserve those records having long-term or permanent historical value. The State Archives of Florida provides service and technical assistance to the general public and state, county, and local governments on management and preservation of records.