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Fort Myers, FL 33965, USA
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Florida Gulf Coast University Special Collections: 02/01/36

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Collection, 1964-2018

12 Linear Feet
"AAUW has been empowering women as individuals and as a community since 1881. For more than 130 years, we have worked together as a national grassroots organization to improve the lives of millions of women and their families" -https://www.aauw.org/what-we-do/ AAUW Initiatives include: College Campus Outreach, Education and Training, Educational Funding, Financial Planning and Security, Leadership, Legal Support, Salary Negotiation, and STEM Education.
Florida Gulf Coast University Special Collections: 02/01/15

Charles A. Ray Photography Collection, 1953-2003

30.00 Linear Feet
The Charles A. Ray Photography collection offers scholars a glimpse into the work of Charles A. Ray. Charles Ray stepped behind the camera in 1954, at the age of 23. Ray's camera captured a nation in flux. Through his lens, television viewers experienced the drama of presidential campaigns, the passion of the civil rights movement, and the adventure and tragedy of NASA's race for space. Charles Ray documented our nation's growing pains, including the bloody clashes between police and journalists covering the civil rights protests of the 1960s, and the tragic end of Camelot. Charles Ray graciously donated his collection to Florida Gulf Coast University Library in 2002. The Charles A. Ray Photography Collection includes photographs, negatives, daybooks, audiotapes, videotapes, periodicals, newspapers, a reel-to-reel projector, 16mm film, and other professional mementos.
Florida Gulf Coast University Special Collections: 02/01/14

Ellen Peterson Collection, 1923-2018

9.00 Linear Feet
Ellen Peterson, formerly Ellen Salisbury and Ellen Welch, was a woman before her time. From traveling across the country on a bike in her twenties to becoming a staunch environmentalists later in life, she cemented her legacy in the creation of the Happehatchee Center in Estero, Florida to inspire peace and healing. Ellen was heavily involved with saving Fisheating Creek in Florida, and continued to raise awareness about climate change and the environment until her parting. This collection includes the scrapbook and journal from her bike trip, family photos, and correspondence from various stages of her life. Also included are projector slides, Sierra Club awards, an energy map of SW Florida, posters, bumper stickers, Happehatchee flyers, pictures of her Florida home which later became a part of Happehatchee. The largest part of this collection are the newspapers documenting her effort to save the planet.
Florida Gulf Coast University Special Collections: 02/01/19

First Baptist Church of Fort Myers, 1892-2018

78 Linear Feet
The First Baptist Church of Fort Muyers, opened in 1892, is one of the frst churches in Southwest Florida. The organization continues to hold religous services in conjunction with Citygate Ministries. The collection consists of but is not limited to documents, books, photographs, and genealogical records of members and families involved in the church.
Florida Gulf Coast University Special Collections: 02/01/29

Floridiana, 1730-1970

18.00 Linear Feet
Materials included in the Floridiana collection include maps, postcards, and publications (1730-1970) pertaining to the development of Florida, government ordinances, and government reports relating to Florida.
Florida Gulf Coast University Special Collections: 02/01/20

Historic Newspaper Collection, 1920-2018

74 Linear Feet
The Historic Newspaper Collection is a varriety of newspapers from cities in Southwest Florida. The newspapers include Caloosahatchee Current, Hendry County News, The Fort Myers Press, The Florida Flambeau, The Caloosa Belle, The Community Press, and others. Their dates range from 1920-2018.
Florida Gulf Coast University Special Collections: 02/01/18

Koreshan Collection, 1850-1980

240.00 Linear Feet
The Koreshan Collection offers a rare glimpse into a charismatic leader and his followers as they endeavored to create a thriving utopian community. Lead by their prophet Cyrus R. Teed (later referring to himself as the Hebrew translation "Koresh"), the group relocated to establish their "New Jerusalem" in Estero, Florida in 1894. The Koreshan Unity espoused radical new doctrine that was a union of reincarnation, alchemy, religio-science, and Koresh's most radical concept: the belief that the earth is truly concave and the universe resides finite within. The collection of photographs, ephemera, monographs, sheet music, correspondence, and furniture document the utopian community's industrious nature. Though their community operated on collectivist ideals, the Koreshans sustained their fellowship by operating a bakery and general store, as well as owning and operating a printing press to create original texts, religious publications, the Flaming Sword, and the American Eagle Newspaper. Koresh was a prolific writer, publishing numerous books. The members of the Unity placed great emphasis on fine art, theater, and chamber music, maintaining their Victorian sensibility. Due to generous gifts from The College of Life Foundation and the Koreshan State Park, the FGCU Library's Archives, Special Collections, & Digital Initiatives will be able to preserve and provide access to this rich piece of Southwest Florida history.
Florida Gulf Coast University Special Collections: 02/01/27

Manuscripts and Letters, 1915-1950

1.50 Linear Feet
The materials within this collection include a variety of manuscripts and letters from various different authors.