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Florida Image Collection

Identifier: SC-067

Scope and Contents

Generally, images of individuals arranged alphabetically begin each subseries followed by groups of people and ending with unidentified images. The collection includes postcard images of scenes and places in Florida. Many of the photographs were originally part of the Thomas and Georgine Mickler Collection. The photos are arranged by series according to the type of image. The prints are mostly black and white, but a few are in color. The photographs and postcards have been arranged in nine series by subject

Series I: People, 1913-1987, Undated contains photographic prints of individuals and groups that have been arranged in subseries from identifiable people and families to albums and ending with individuals and groups. Images, in this series, like those of the Pope family are significant to Florida because Dick Pope was the creator of Cypress Gardens, Florida's first theme park. Images of the Roper family are important because of this family's link to the Florida Citrus Industry and the Winter Garden area.

Series II: Places, 1903-1988, Undated holds photographs of places and localities from around Florida arranged alphabetically. Disney forms the first subseries, followed by the John F. Kennedy Space Center, general localities and ending with a colleciton of photographs of Orange Blossom Trail in South Orlando.

Series III: Environment, 1899-1999, Undated contains images of native wildlife, plants of Florida, ending with photographs of hurricanes.

Series IV: Miscellaneous Images, 2002, Undated contains photographs and images that do not fit within any other series, but are still important to the memory of Florida.

Series V: Photo Postcards, 1898-1988, Undated holds postcards that have either a genuine photograph or a printed image on one side. The printed postcards are divided into subseries by subject. The nine subjects include: Churches, hotels, localities, native plants, native wildlife, people, tourism, transportation and miscellaneous.

Series VI: Picture Books (Souvenir Albums), 1884-1969, Undated contains albums and postcard books with many different images of Florida. The series is arranged alphabetically by title of book, and spans from Railroads to Locales.

Series VII: Caribbean Postcards, 1954, Undated contains postcards with different images of Carribbean life.

Series VIII: Color Plates and Oversized Postcards, 1960, Undated holds all the oversized postcards from the collection as well as a collection of color plates. Plates are whole-sheet illustrations, printed separately from text. The images in this series cover a wide variety of Florida scenery and locales.

Series IX: Negatives, Undated contains all the negatives of the collection.


  • Created: 1884-2002


Conditions Governing Access

The entire collection is open for research.

Biographical or Historical Information

The Florida Image collection contains images and picture postcards obtained from other UCF Archives collections, as well as purchases and donations. The majority come from the The Thomas and Georgine Mickler Collection. The Mickler collection was partly purchased and donated to the University. Other photos within the collection originated in the Special Collections Vertical File. The Vertical File contains a variety of collected materials on University of Central Florida, local history, typography and book arts, and the West Indies, subjects relating to the collections held by Special Collections. Also included in the collection are images from the Children's Home Society of Florida collection.


1.65 Linear Feet (4 Boxes, 1 Flat File)

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The images document all aspects of Central Florida history including people, such as prominent people and families, places around Florida, Florida wildlife and plantlife, as well as, images from the Kennedy Space Center and Disney. The majority of the collection dates from about 1900-1960.

Custodial History

Many of the images were previously included in the Thomas and Georgine Mickler Collection and the Florida Ephemera collection. Both of these collections are housed in the University of Central Florida Archives.

Method of Acquisition

Photographs used in the collection were taken from the Thomas and Georgine Mickler Collection, the UCF Libraries, Special Collections vertical file,as well as, other purchases and acessions.

This collection was a mixture of purchased and donated from the Mickler Estate and other sources in 2006 (CFM2006_08).

Related Materials

More photographs may be found in the papers of individual University Presidents, as well as the Univeristy Photograph Collection. All these materials may be accessed in the Special Collections Reading Room.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Alexandra Olson; finding aid created by Alexandra Olson. The photographs and postcards were sleeved and placed in acid-free folders and boxes.

Florida Image Collection
Alexandra Olson
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Repository Details

Part of the UCF Special Collections Repository

Special Collections & University Archives
University of Central Florida Libraries
P.O. Box 162666
Orlando Florida 32816-2666 US
(407) 823-2576