The Orange County Regional History Center holds the special collections of the Historical Society of Central Florida, an archive about Central Florida’s past that began in 1942. The Joseph L. Brechner Research Center on the museum’s fifth floor is the History Center’s reference library, archive, and research space.

Explore the Collection

The History Center is home to the Historical Society of Central Florida’s collection of more than 35,000 artifacts, photographs, and archival materials documenting the rich heritage of our region.

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Online Research

Click on the box below to search our online collections database, a selection of the Historical Society’s extensive holdings. See “Tips for Searching” for the best results.

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Reflections Magazine

Reflections from Central Florida, the magazine of the Historical Society of Central Florida, features articles and photos illuminating the area’s past.
 
TEMPERATURES ARE USUALLY COOL IN THE BRECHNER RESEARCH CENTER. A LIGHT JACKET OR SWEATER IS RECOMMENDED.

Inside Our Collections

http://www.thehistorycenter.org/collections/oral-histories/
In the 1970s, the Historical Society of Central Florida began collecting and preserving interviews with Central Floridians, capturing their lived experiences in their own words.

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http://www.thehistorycenter.org/collections/research-collections/
The Brechner Research Center is on the fifth floor of the Orange County Regional History Center and is free to the public by appointment only.

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http://www.thehistorycenter.org/collections/donate-to-collection/
We are constantly growing our collection with the help of donations from the public such as artifacts, photographs, archival materials, and oral histories.

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