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The Broward County Libraries Division maintains special collections including but not limited to, documents, photographs, artifacts, artwork and rare books. Materials in these collections may be protected by the U. S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U. S. C.). The reproduction or downloading materials may be restricted by terms of purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy & publicity rights, licensing and trademarks.
 
Usage, transmission, downloading, or reproduction of protected items beyond that allowed by Fair Use Copyright Law requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine. When possible, the Division provides information about copyright owners and restrictions concerning its collections.
 
DETERMINING THE EXISTENCE OF COPYRIGHT OR ANY OTHER LEGAL RESTRICTIONS, AS WELL AS OBTAINING PERMISSION FROM THE COPYRIGHT HOLDER, IS SOLELY THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE USER/PATRON.

 
African-American Research Library and Cultural Center

 

Broward County Library’s African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC) is a highly-specialized center whose mission is to collect, preserve and provide access to research materials focusing on the history, culture and people of African, African-American and Caribbean descent. Opened in October 2002, it carries the distinction of being the third library of its kind in the nation. 

 

The AARLCC Special Collections section contains 35,100 cubic feet of archival space housing approximately one million items, including rare books, artifacts, artwork, manuscripts and reference materials. Within the archives are more than 40 named collections with over 23,700 cataloged items available for use. The Special Collections and archives are located within a 60,000-square-foot full-service regional library with an active schedule of exhibits and programs. More...

 

Bienes Museum of the Modern Book: The Dianne and Michael Bienes Special Collections and Rare Book Library

 

The Bienes Museum of the Modern Book: The Dianne and Michael Bienes Special Collections and Rare Book Library is a state-of-the-art facility where more than 15,000 items, rare books and Special Collections are housed, preserved, actively collected and researched.

 

A key area of collection specialization is artifacts and literature pertaining to Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal programs of the 1930s. The collection contains important holdings from the Works Progress Administration (WPA), the Historical Records Survey, Writer’s Project children’s books, Florida publications, Handicraft Projects and the Museum Extension Project. The Jean Fitzgerald Collection of WPA Federal Writer’s Project Materials contains approximately 2,000 titles and is generally considered to be the largest and most comprehensive in the United States. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) collection consists of approximately 200 titles and other ephemera. More...

 

Broward County Historical Archives and Library

 

The Broward County Historical Commission was created by County ordinance in 1972. Now a part of the Libraries Division as the Broward County Historical Archives and Library, this repository preserves records and artifacts that document the natural, social and civic history of the diverse, dynamic 31 municipalities that comprise Broward County.

 

The general reference collection includes manuscripts, newspaper clippings and pamphlets on a wide range of subjects. Of particular interest are the biographical files which include obituaries and pioneer (early resident) biographical data forms. Supplementing the general collection are Special Collections which include, among others, an oral history collection with more than 300 recorded interviews conducted since 1972; Florida East Coast Railway employee records (1918 to 1950); and the Cooper Kirk Collection, with emphasis on such topics as Major William Lauderdale and the Second Seminole War, Governor Napoleon Bonaparte Broward, the creation of Broward County, and extracts from local papers, circa 1909 to 1929. More...

 

A Broward County Historical Timeline

 

2015 Florida Artists' Book PrizeIntroduction - History tells us that much occurred on the land that in 1915 became Broward County, Florida. About 2,000 years ago, the Tequesta hunted, gathered, and lived on the land. But by the mid-eighteenth century, they were gone. In the late 1700’s, people from the Bahamas became the first known white settlers on the New River. Florida became a U.S. Territory in 1821 and other Americans settled in the area relying on fishing, salvaging, and farming. The First and Second Seminole Wars and the Civil War came and ended and forever left their respective historical marks. As the end of the 1800’s draws nigh, what is to become Broward County can be seen taking shape.

 

We want to thank the Florida Humanities Council for its grant funding, making this project possible in celebration of Broward County’s Centennial. It is the hope that this brief timeline will instill a sense of pride in the Broward County community and encourage you to dig deeper into your knowledge and understanding of the County’s rich and incredibly entertaining history.


Download PDF of Broward County Historical Timeline

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