|The Florida Citrus Archives Seek Financial Support
After fourteen years, we had outgrown our original location in the Jack Berry Citrus Building! This lovely old house on campus was given to us by Florida Southern College to be our new home, but it required renovation. Click here to see photos of the progress made in this direction. The house will accommodate the present collection and will fulfill our need into the future. If you would like to assist us in meeting the renovation bills as they continue to come in, instructions are on the Gifts page.
We are reorganizing and beginning to digitize our collection to make it more accessible to researchers who visit and also to give it a presence on the web. This requires more and better computer equipment and storage supplies, as well as the physical conservation equipment, supplies and storage materials which are necessary to maintain the original collection in good condition. All of this is expensive.
Our hope is to someday have the entire collection digitized and placed in a searchable database online. For now, the best we can do is to give a sampling of our collection and allow researchers to visit to conduct their own research. When researchers cannot visit us in person, we can occasionally (and for a decent donation), help research specific subjects via photocopies, faxes and email, and finally mail a CD to the researcher, if high quality images of the materials are needed.
In order to retain a full-time archivist, and to purchase and replace supplies and equipment as needed to do the job, we are trying to build our Endowment Fund to a high-enough level to make us self-supporting. Towards that end, we ask you to please consider a making a donation to our Endowment Fund. On the Gifts page we have included instructions as to how to be certain your tax-deductible gift is credited to the correct account with FSC, which is a 501 (C) 3 organization.
Of course, the reason for our existence is materials donations for preservation for the future. Please keep your eyes and ears open to divert citrus history from the trash can to the archives!