Seated "Orange Bird" in plastic on bright yellow background

Come to the Florida Sunshine Tree

One of the most iconic advertising campaigns of the 1970s featured singer Anita Bryant and a silent cartoon Orange Bird. What happened to it?...

Close up of Life of Horace text with lots of pencil drawings and brown ink writing.

On Scribbling in Rare Books

We discourage patrons from writing in our books. But some come to us that way-like our copy of Horace’s collected works belonging to James Russell Lowell....

Photo of An Authentic Narrative of the Seminole War; and of the Miraculous Escape of Mrs. Mary Godfrey, and her Four Female Children (Daniel L. Blanchard,1836) from the P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History. Photo also features fold out that was included with the pamphlet which is now encapsulated separately.

Hidden Meanings in a Second Seminole War Pamphlet

My first acquaintance with the plight of Mary Godfrey came a few years back when I was researching literature produced during the Second Seminole War (1835-1842).   Her story is a “captivity narrative,”...

The Coffey Residency in Book Arts

A look at the five artists' books that were created between 2015 and 2019 as part of the Coffey Residency in Book Arts program at the George A. Smathers Libraries at the...

ABC book cover featuring an ape, bear, and cat holding the letters A, B, and C

Learning to Read: Early ABC Books

A brief history of alphabet books for children featuring images and examples from the Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature at the University of Florida....

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