The majority of the center’s archival holdings consist of records relating to the history of Africans and African Americans, especially their institutions and organizations. The center has an impressive holding of manuscripts, rare books, journals, magazines, maps, newspapers, and photographs. Individuals from an array of professions, as well as, businesses, social, civic and religious groups donated the majority of our museum and archival material. Some of these records are unique resources that are not available at other research facilities.


The Black Archives houses more than 500,000 individual archival records that are cataloged and available for public use. Requests for reference service and materials can be made via phone or in-person visits. These units are closed on the weekends and holidays. At, present, most reference request are made in person. While others are handled by telephone. All of the center's archival records and reference materials are non-circulating. Certain materials are available for photocopying and other forms of reproduction. However, some rare and fragile materials may not be available for photocopying or other electronic re-productions. For additional information about research and reference procedures, please call (850) 599-3020.



  • Afro American and Central Life Insurance Companies Collection
  • Alonzo “Jake” Gaither – Black College Football Collection
  • Benjamin and Dorothy Holmes – Black Church Collection
  • Black Archives Obituary Collection
  • Carrie Meek – African Americans in Congress Collection
  • D.E. Williams – Negro Schools in Florida Photographic Collection
  • Florida A&M University College of Law Collection
  • Florida and Herbert Parker – Masters Golfing Tournament Newspaper Coverage Collection
  • Florida’s Black Junior Colleges Collection
  • Floy Britt – 4-H Collection
  • Genevieve J. Wheeler – Black Home Economics Collection
  • George W. Conoly – Florida A&M University Alumni Association and National Alumni Association Collection
  • Gilbert Porter – Desegregation Files
  • Joe Nash – African American Dance Collection
  • John F. Matheus – Harlem Renaissance Collection
  • Leedell Neyland – Florida Interscholastic Athletic Association
  • Leedell Neyland and Gilbert Porter – Florida State Teachers Association Collection
  • Martha Leffall– Leffall Family Memorial Collection
  • National Negro Home Demonstration Agents Collection
  • Official Rosewood Incident Papers
  • Ruby Diamond – Music Collection
  • S. Randolph Edmonds – Drama Collection
  • William P. Foster – Marching Band Memorabilia
  • Willie Ziegler White – Florida Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers Association


Museum Collections

  • Eugene Aaron Fine Art Collections
  • Edward A. Pottsdamer Family Collection
  • Fred Hutchins and Roy Spencer - Tuskegee Airmen Collection
  • Carrie P. Meek - Congressional Black Caucus Collection
  • Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University "Marching 100" Bank Memorabilia
  • Blacks in teh Military Memorabilia
  • Dr. Don Hill African Artifacts
  • Dr. Thomas Bridge Black Collectibles
  • Frank E. Pinder African Artifacts
  • Komics, Koon and Klan Collection
  • Slavery in the Old South Collection


The Montague Collection Gallery

The Montague Collection is a changing gallery that houses an extensive collection of books, films, paintings, photographs, and scores of artifacts. It includes folk paintings by Sister Gerrude Morgan, Clementine Hunter, and a rare painting by George Washington Carver.