Church History in Florida

at the University of Florida

The P.K. Yonge Library maintains a collection of print and microfilm materials on organized religions and religious activities within the colony, territory, and state of Florida.

Holdings include histories of denominations, parishes, and churches; journals of assemblies, meetings, and conferences; newspapers; newsletters.

Protestant Episcopal Church:
Diocese of Florida. Journal. 1838-1984.
Diocese of Central Florida. Diocese. 1894-1984.
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.):
Synod of Florida. Acts and Minutes. 1881-1984.
Presbytery of Florida. Minutes. 1915-1984.
Suwannee Presbytery. Minutes. 1911-1984.
Southern Baptist Convention:
Annuals. 1845-1961.
Florida Baptist Convention:
Minutes. 1854-1984.
Roman Catholic Church
Records of the Diocese of Louisiana and the Floridas. 1576-1803.
St. Augustine, Florida, Cathedral Parish Records. 1594-1763.
St. Augustine, Florida, Cathedral Parish Records. 1784-1885.
Florida Baptist Witness. 1885-1984.
Florida Christian Advocate/Florida United Methodist. 1904-1984.
Southern Jewish Weekly. 1939-1984.
Florida Catholic. 1939-1984.
Various other records and publications of the Episcopal, Luthern, Presbyterian, Baptist, Methodist, Catholic, Jewish, and other faiths are maintained.  The Catholic parish histories of Florida (arranged geographically by city) are curated as a manuscript collection.

Information on the colonial church is contained within the library's vast holdings on Spanish Florida.  Especially important is Section 25 of the East Florida Papers, "Letters to and from the Bishop in Havana or New Orleans and the Governor's letters with the Vicar of East Florida, 1786-1821"

For British Period Florida, 1763-1783, researchers may wish to consult the microfilm of the Fulham Papers of the Lambeth Palace Library as well as  the general correspondence and other communications directed to the Bishops of London from North America and the West Indies during the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

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