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St. Augustine, Florida
Expanding Access to St. Augustine’s Colonial and Preservation Heritage
Matt Armstrong, who was hired to execute the revival of Governor's House's collections, handles photographs.

When the University of Florida (UF) took control of Governor’s House (previously called Government House) in 2010, it had been closed for several years. The historic sixteenth-century structure on the old city’s central plaza served as the center for St. Augustine’s burgeoning preservation movement during the 1960s. But its archives, which contain collections of national importance—including extensive Spanish colonial correspondence and a wealth of historic maps spanning three colonial regimes—had fallen into disarray. An NEH grant for the Unearthing St. Augustine’s Colonial Heritage project made these collections available again, not only to visitors to the library, but users of the open-access UF Digital Collections.

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