Governor’s House Library

Governor’s House Library is managed jointly by UF Historic St. Augustine, Inc., and the UF George A. Smathers Libraries with the mission of preserving and providing access to the historical resources that enhance our understanding and appreciation of the St. Augustine’s built heritage. Primarily created by a defunct state agency, the Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board, the collections in the Governor’s House Library document the city’s built environment and provide invaluable historical information about the city and its inhabitants through time.

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Digging Up the Past with Dr. Kathleen Deagan

We are excavating the career of archaeologist Dr. Kathleen Deagan, whose work focuses on the colonial past of the Caribbean and St. Augustine. Deagan began her journey in archaeology in 1965 – when she enrolled into the education and sociology programs at the University of Florida (UF).

a young woman and man standing together looking at an artifact uncovered in an archaeological excavation.

digital collections

Governor’s House Library Digital Collections

Access digitized material from the Governor’s House Library collections wherever you are on the Historic St. Augustine collection through University of Florida Digital Collections.

black and white historic image of the city gates in St. Augustine, FL

digital exhibits

The Making of Historic St. Augustine

Explore the history of the Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board through this ArcGIS StoryMap and learn more about their four decade effort to transform St. Augustine’s downtown.

photo of St. Augustine map with pushpins that mark reconstructed buildings