Explore the Collection

Young lady with short hair wearing gloves looks through box in our 5th floor archives.

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.

The collection spans seven counties – Brevard,  Lake, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole, and Volusia – and thousands of years, from our ancient past to contemporary events shaping Central Florida’s future.

Explore the links below to see how you can get involved in preserving your history!

Search the Collection Online


Impromptu memorial for Pulse Nightclub Tragedy victims with rainbow colored glow sticks and a sculpture of bird in the backgroundOne Orlando Collection

History Center staff started the One Orlando Collection in response to the Pulse Nightclub shooting on June 12, 2016. It now contains more than 5,000 artifacts, photographs, documents, and oral histories and is still growing.

Digital Memorial


Montage of black and white images of different families super-imposed with a tape recorderShare Your History

Learn about our past and ongoing collecting initiatives and how you can help us preserve Central Florida history.

Participate in an Oral History

Donate to the Collection


A man doing research in the Brechner library surrounded by boxes of archival materials.Using the Collection

The materials in our collection support education, research, exhibitions, and more. Click the links below to learn about accessing and using the collection.

Research the Collection


An array of magazine covers  with historical imagery on the coversAdditional Resources

Learn about the workshops and presentations offered by the History Center collections staff or how to pick up a copy of our member historical magazine.

Reflections Magazine