Unique among Special Collections items are two facsimile limited editions of the manuscripts of Leonardo da Vinci:
H. & W. B. Drew Company Publication: Proof of Faith in Florida
Columbus Drew, the founder of this historic Jacksonville printing company, came to Jacksonville in 1848 and opened the eponymous Columbus Drew Stationery Printing Company in 1855. Our artifacts include a rare Drew stationery box circa 1900.
The full text of two Drew publications held by the Library, Proof of Faith in Florida and Our Story, are available at the Florida Heritage Collection web site. Horace Rainsford Drew, Jr., a fourth generation Floridian and great grandson of Columbus Drew, is the author of Our Story. He documents the saga of the Drew and Fairbanks families in Florida in the 1920's, 1930's and the World War II era.
Other Drew publications available online through the Florida Heritage Collection:
2011-2012 marks the Sesquicentennial Anniversary of the American Civil War. On April 12, 1861, the Confederate forces at Charleston, South Carolina, bombarded the Union Garrison at Fort Sumter, and thus began the opening engagement of the War. In Jacksonville, Union forces occupied the city on four different occasions and remained in control until the end of the war and occupied several coastal towns and various places along the St. Johns River.
The Battle of Olustee, fought in nearby Baker County in February 1864, was the largest Civil War battle fought in Florida. Battle casualties amounted to 1,861 Union and 946 Confederate soldiers, a total which reflected the hard-fought Confederate victory. An annual reenactment of the Battle is held every February at the State Park.
To commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the War, we have compiled an extensive resource guide to materials in Special Collections. The guide includes books, articles, maps, theses, and videorecordings documenting the skirmishes and battles in Florida and the region.
Special Collections has a Northeast Florida regional postcard collection. It contains over 500 postcards with views primarily of Jacksonville dating from the 1890’s to the late twentieth century. Subjects include buildings, Camp Joseph E. Johnston, tourist attractions, St. Johns River, bridges, roads and streets. There are a few St. Augustine and general Florida cards. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (904) 620-1533.