About the Project

Project Description and Funding

Central Florida Memory is a cooperative project begun in 2002 by three institutions: The University of Central Florida Library, The Orange County Regional History Center, and The Orange County Library System.

The long-term intent of the project is to provide an online platform and focal point for gathering, preserving, and disseminating the documents, artifacts, and stories of the history of Central Florida. Our interest is in much more than just providing access to or heightening awareness of this history. This project provides educational resources and tools to enhance the delivery of instruction of history at all levels, especially fourth grade students and teachers learning Florida history.

This initial start-up phase of the project focused on Central Florida during the years 1880 - 1930, a booming time of transition from pioneer frontier, to the early development of the citrus industry, to established towns, cities, and transportation networks.

It created a prototype website, providing organized access to documents found in the holdings of the three participating institutions, to the stories these documents tell, and to educational materials to be used by teachers to inform and excite their students about this history.

Central Florida Memory was awarded a National Leadership Grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in September 2004. With grant funding and the addition of two new partners, Olin Library at Rollins College and the Museum of Seminole County History, 40,000 new images were added to the CFM collection. Select portions of CFMs grant proposal can be found through the following links:


In 2008, Central Florida Memory received a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Florida Department of State, Division of Library and Information Services. The grant funded the addition of materials from two new partners, the Carl S. Swisher Learning Resources Center at Bethune-Cookman University and the DuPont-Ball Library at Stetson University. Approximately 30,000 images were added to the CFM collection. The grant proposal, minus budget, can be found through the following link:


Copyright Statement

Copyright for Central Florida Memory Online:

Copyright for the design and content of the Central Florida Memory web site is owned collectively by the Orange County Regional History Center, Orange County Library System, and University of Central Florida Library. All rights to images such as illustrations, photographs, prints, logos, maps, etc. are retained by the institution that originally contributed the document.

Obtaining Permission for Use:

Images are posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. All rights to images are held by the respective holding institution. Permission for use of a document must come from the owning institution. To purchase copies of images and/or for copyright information, contact the respective holding institution. Locate the institution to contact by viewing the item description or document description for the material in question and look at the repository and/or rights fields of the record.

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Image Reproduction Costs:

Reproduction costs will vary depending on the document and the institution that owns the document.