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Florida Gulf Coast University Special Collections

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Ellen Peterson Collection, 1923-2018
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.
Collection ID: 02/01/14
Oral History Collection, 2001 - current
The Oral Histories that are included within this collection includes Florida Gulf Coast University. This sub-series of oral histories includes staff, faculty, and administration telling of their expierences relating to FGCU. The second oral history that is included is the Southwest Florida Oral Histories. Residents from LaBelle and other communities in the Southwestern Florida area told their stories of growing up.
Collection ID: 02/01/21
First Baptist Church of Fort Myers, 1892-2018
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.
Collection ID: 02/01/19
Salvador Dalí "Lithographs for the People, the World of Currier & Ives" Collection, 1971
Suite of Six (6) "Dali Interprets Currier and Ives" Limited Edition lithographs with an original sales Presentation Marquis Poster (seven works total) by Salvador Dali (1904-1989). The works were published in 1971, all are personally signed and numbered by Salvador Dali. All works are Certified Authentic by Albert Field, founder of the Salvador Dali Archives.
Collection ID: 02/01/25
Turner 1920s Florida Land Boom, 1920-1999
The Land Boom in the 1920's changed the landscape of Florida, causing the population to rise and the Florida economy to boom, helping to create the Florida that is today. The Turner 1920s Florida Land Boom collection consists of publications, advertisements, photographs, and research done by Greg M. Turner.
Collection ID: 02/01/28
Manuscripts and Letters, 1915-1950
The materials within this collection include a variety of manuscripts and letters from various different authors.
Collection ID: 02/01/27
Historic Newspaper Collection, 1920-2018
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.
Collection ID: 02/01/20
Charles A. Ray Photography Collection, 1953-2003
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.
Collection ID: 02/01/15
Turner Railroad Collection, 1809-2007
Consists of publications, advertisements, photographs, administration and research on the east coast railroads of the United States collected by history scholar Gregg M. Turner. Consists of four series, including but not limited to documents and photographs of railroad history (1830-1890), the Plant System Co. Inc.(1860-1902), the three primary railroads on the eastern seaboard of the United States (1830-present), and independent railroads. A portion of the collection has been digitized by Florida Gulf Coast University's Library Archives, Special Collections, and Digital Initiatives and is available on D[url=https://fgcu.digital.flvc.org/islandora/search/?type=edismax&collection=fgcu:0216]igitalFGCU[/url].
Collection ID: 02/01/16
Verna Aardema Collection, 1991-1997
Consists of book manuscripts, correspondence with Knopf publishers, galley proofs, and ephemera documenting Aardema's career from 1991 - 1997.
Collection ID: 02/01/12
Sheet Music Collection, date unknown
The sheet music collection holds hundreds of different composer's sheet music that spans across centuries. The sheet music is arranged accoding to the composer who wrote the music.
Collection ID: 02/01/43
William R. Maples Collection, 1960-1997
Consists of personal papers, correspondence, dissertation and field notes, documents regarding Maples' academic career and his forensic investigations/cases, photographs, publications, and administrative records documenting Maples' career as a world-renown forensic anthropologist between 1960 and 1997.  A digital version of the collection is available on FGCU's Digital Library.
Collection ID: 02/01/10
Collection ID: 2014.sc.004
American Association of University Women (AAUW) Collection, 1964-2018
"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.
Collection ID: 02/01/36
Collection ID: 2020.SC.028
Koreshan Collection, 1850-1980
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.
Collection ID: 02/01/18
Zine Collection, 1973-2018
The Zine Collection includes Riot Grrrl zines, which is an artist's collective formerly based in Olympia WA with roots in the punk/grunge music scene and covers topics such as feminism, the reclaimation of derogatory language, racism, physical assult and rape, LGBT issues and anarchism; zines that were created by Southwest Florida artists and collectives which features both homemade zines and professionally printed materials covering topics ranging from feminism to witchcraft to home block printing; and the last part of the collection is comprised of zines focused on the topics of rape culture and feminism, but are not a part of any collective or created in Southwest Florida, and they are examples of many types of home-publications as well as comics, orginial art, and personal ethnogrophies.
Collection ID: 02/01/26
Floridiana, 1730-1970
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.
Collection ID: 02/01/29
First United Methodist Church of Fort Myers
This collection consists of documents, photographs, and ephemera belonging to the First United Methodist Church of Fort Myers, located in Downtown Fort Myers, Florida. This collections documents the history, evolution, and eventual conclusion of this church, from the time it was first established in 1872 until its conclusion in 2016.
Collection ID: 02/02/19
Minnie L. Gatewood Papers, 1892-1900
Minnie L. Gatewood (1875-1944), who married a minister when she was 16 years old, kept diaries chronicling her life in Southwest Florida.  The five volumes of her diary at Florida Gulf Coast University cover her life from 1892 to 1900, and are a valuable resource for scholars of Florida history.  Mrs. Gatewood also kept a "Want Book"—mostly reflections on religious matters such as "Christian stewardship"—with the latest dated entry being from 1936.  The 5 volumes of her diary and her Want Book have been transcribed and digital versions available on FGCU's Digital Library.  FGCU has also prepared lists of names mentioned in the diaries to assist researchers. Mrs. Gatewood wrote mainly of her travels and family life, and her role as a minister's wife.  Her husband, the Rev. George W. Gatewood (1862-1947), was an influential figure in Southwest Florida during his day.  The Gatewoods and their children either lived in or travelled to cities ranging as far south as Key West and as far north as Leesburg.  FGCU also owns a copy of Rev. Gatewood's book, On Florida's Coconut Coasts, which was published in 1944.  Their granddaughter, Hazel Hoffman Wall, donated a copy of her 2006 autobiography, Cracker Girl; A Love Story, in which she writes about her family, including the older Gatewoods.
Collection ID: 02/01/11
Collection ID: 2014.SC.002
Collection ID: RG 02/03/19
Racial and Social Justice Collection, 1936-1980s
Black activism prior to and shortly after the 1965 passage of the Civil Rights Act. Three items are reprinted publications of The Negro Motorist Green Book series, which served as a travel advisory for Black individuals and families seeking accommodation in Black-friendly businesses at a time when service could be refused on the basis of race. The remaining items are authentic pamphlets and zines primarily promoting anti-Vietnam War and pro-civil rights sentiments.
Collection ID: 2020.SC.004
Kevin Erwin Environmental Ecology Collection
Consists of personal papers, correspondence, and field notes, documents regarding Kevin Erwins' personal career and his environmental investigations/cases, photographs, publications, and administrative records documenting Erwins' career as a world-renown consulting ecologist.
Collection ID: 02/06/20