We’re so excited to announce that Governor’s House Library in we’ve completed our two-year Access to Historical Records grant project a few weeks ago! The project, Opening St. Augustine: Preserving & Providing Access to 450 Years of American History, began in May 2017 and was generously funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Through the grant, approximately 900 maps, 1,000 design records, and 28,000 photographs that were created and collected by the Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board during their operational years (1959-1997) were processed. Finding aids for each of our collections are now available online at https://cms.uflib.ufl.edu/govhouse, and a selection of digitized material is available through UF Digital Collections.
Though the finding aids were our primary objective, we also used a variety of digital tools to complement and promote our processing work. We created and edited over 80 Wikipedia articles related to the history of St. Augustine and Northeast Florida and added over 200 photographs to HistoryPin and WhatWasThere.
We’re very excited to have finished the grant and to have our research materials organized and more accessible to the public. Governor’s House is officially open for research!