Celebrating 100 Years of the National Parks Service

July 25, 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service (NPS). Established by Woodrow Wilson under the Organic Act of 1916, the national parks are enjoyed by millions of visitors interested in exploring the diversity and beauty of the U.S. landscape. Today, the creation of a new federal bureau would likely make headlines,Continue reading Celebrating 100 Years of the National Parks Service

The Buckman Act and the Consolidation of Florida Universities

Few things shaped the long history of the University of Florida like the signing of the Buckman Act on June 5, 1905. The legislation, authored by Congressman Henry H. Buckman, consolidated the numerous (white) public colleges and seminaries in the state into the University of Florida and Florida Female College (now Florida State University) asContinue reading The Buckman Act and the Consolidation of Florida Universities

The Juicy History of Florida Citrus in the News

While Florida newspapers certainly cover history-making moments, they also serve as a chronicle of the economic and social issues facing readers at the time of publication. Within the pages of papers included in the FPRDNP, few topics are as pervasive as the state’s iconic citrus industry. It may be unsurprising that citrus news dominates aContinue reading The Juicy History of Florida Citrus in the News

The Unsinkable Legacy of the Titanic in Florida Newspapers

  Few events lead to sensational and speculative newspaper headlines quite like unexpected disasters. One such disaster covered by the papers in our collection is the sinking of the Titanic which occurred April 15th 1912, just hours after the ship struck an iceberg on its starboard side. There are many reasons why this particular disasterContinue reading The Unsinkable Legacy of the Titanic in Florida Newspapers

The Styles of Florida Newspaper Women

Documenting and celebrating the role of women in history is often easier said than done, and the theoretical positions and methodological approaches to doing so make up entire subfields within the academic universe. When I began to write this series for our blog, I was reminded of the stark reality of historical newspapers: the majorityContinue reading The Styles of Florida Newspaper Women

Florida Panthers Leap Out of the Past

  On March 3rd we celebrate the 117th anniversary of Florida’s statehood. The 27th state to join the Union, Florida in 1845 was largely unsettled by non-Native American groups. From its discovery by Europeans onward, settlers struggled to learn how to survive in a difficult climate filled with potentially troublesome plants and animals. While mentioningContinue reading Florida Panthers Leap Out of the Past

Celebrating Chronicling America’s 10 Million Pages

October 7, 2015 UF Libraries’ Florida and Puerto Rico Newspaper Project Celebrates Contributions to Chronicling America’s 10 Million Pages Free, searchable database of historic newspapers reflects Florida & Puerto Rico history The University of Florida and the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras today join the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities inContinue reading Celebrating Chronicling America’s 10 Million Pages