Collections Overview

Holdings include a wide range of physical and digital materials, including documents and manuscripts, photographs, audiovisual recordings, maps, architectural drawings, scrapbooks, newspapers, books, and more.  For an overview of the Archives’ digital collections, see Online Collections.

College Archives

The College Archives, which serves as the institutional memory for Rollins, houses the permanent records of most of the College's administrative and academic offices, and those of faculty and student organizations.  Alumni Relations, Health Services, Human Resources, and Student Records maintain their own permanent records.  The Archives also collects College publications and maintains complete sets of its yearbook, the Tomokan, and the student newspaper, The Sandspur.

Photograph Collection

Historical photographs are a rich resource for Rollins history.  With photographs dating from the late 1800s to the present, the collection offers a wealth of visual documentation for the study of Rollins, Winter Park, and, more generally, Central Florida.  The Department has the capability to provide photo-quality scanned images of items in the collection.

Rare Book Collection

The Rare Book Collection includes early printed books and other printed materials, medieval works, early Florida titles, and volumes from the Day Library (the College’s first collection).

Rollins Collection

The Rollins Collection holds the published works of Rollins students, faculty, staff, and alumni, including the complete works of Rex Beach, a novelist and alumnus, and A.J. Hanna, a faculty member, college vice president, alumnus, and historian.  Among the student writings are Honors Program and Master of Liberal Studies Program theses and selected research papers.

Florida Collection

Created by A.J. Hanna, the Florida Collection consists of books, monographs, pamphlets, and maps related to the history of the state.  Among the most prized items of the collection is Volume II of Theodore de Bry's America.  Printed in 1591, it is one of the first published accounts of the lives of native Floridians.

Whitman Collection

The Department holds the collections of William Sloane Kennedy, a writer and scholar, and a close friend of Walt Whitman. Through funds from a special endowment, the Department actively acquires scholarly publications on the lives and literatures of both Walt Whitman and William Sloane Kennedy.