Research Library


FMM is home to a small library of books on maritime topics that range from tales of old Florida to boat building and design.


Search the Florida Maritime Museum research library catalogue.


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Experience Cultural and Coastal History

The Florida Department of State’s Florida Heritage Trail Series
Designed to raise awareness of the state’s cultural and historical resources, these educational and travel publications identify historical sites throughout Florida that are related to the volume topic, and offers profiles and biographical sketches of significant individuals.


The Interactive Digital Archive of the Americas to Revolutionize Early American History

Through short videos, interactive maps and digital reconstructions, La Florida brings to life the diverse melting pot of people that made up early Spanish Florida, from Spanish conquistadors and Native Americans to free and enslaved blacks and Europeans from Germany, Ireland and Eastern Europe. 


Florida Maritime Heritage Trail
The Florida Maritime Heritage Trail is not so much a formal path, as it is a collection of interesting and fun locations that are open to the public. The Trail is made up of six themes, Coastal Communities, Coastal Environments, Coastal Forts, Lighthouses, Historic Ports, and Historic Shipwrecks.


Gulf Coast Heritage Trail Map
The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program recognizes the economic value of linking and promoting Sarasota Bay’s cultural, historical, and environmental heritage. The Gulf Coast Heritage Trail is an eco-heritage based tourism trail program within the state of Florida.


Trail of Florida's Indian Heritage

The Trail of Florida’s Indian Heritage, Inc. is a Florida-based 501c3 nonprofit network of archaeological sites, history museums, heritage interpreters and county, state, and national parks working together with the mission to promote responsible site visitation and public education of Florida’s Indian heritage.


Selected Damage and Ongoing Threats to Cultural Resources

Because of their geographic location, resources in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands are especially vulnerable to damage from wind and storm surge. This map includes a selection of damaged or threatened cultural resources in those three places.


Office of Coast Survey's Historical Map & Chart Collection

Office of Coast Survey's Historical Map & Chart Collection covers the land and waters of the United States of America, including territories and possessions (past and present). The images are free to download, and may be used for commercial or educational purposes. Although not required, we encourage users to cite "NOAA's Historical Map & Chart Collection" when using the image(s).

Discover Maritime/Underwater Archaeology

Florida’s “Museums in the Sea”

Learn about 12 shipwrecks of the coast of Florida that have been designated as Underwater Archaeological Preserves.


FPAN – West Central Region
Florida’s Public Archeology Network promotes and facilitates the stewardship, public appreciation, and value of Florida’s archaeological heritage through regional centers, partnerships, and community engagement.


The Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP) is dedicated to the investigation, interpretation and better understanding of the maritime history and archaeology of St. Augustine, the “First Coast” region of Florida, and beyond.

Oral History

Oral History Project - Sarasota County Wateratlas

Oral History Video: Cortez Fisherman Thomas "Blue" Fulford

Oral History Video George Luzier on the craft of building beautiful wooden boats

NOAA Fisheries - Cortez Village Voices from the Fisheries

This project is a collection of oral histories of Cortez, Florida community members who are involved in maritime activities (such as commercial fishermen, recreational fishermen, crew members, and fish house workers) in order to document the changing face of Cortez Village's marine environment. Interviewees include:

· John McDonald

· Ken Jenkins

· J.B. Crawford

· John Campbell

· Karen Bell

NOAA Fisheries – Vanishing Culture Project

This project was a Florida Humanities Council grant to capture the oral histories of longtime residents of Cortez. The project also produced several stations about the folkways of the fishermen of Cortez that are placed around the village and a mural painted on the side of a prominent fish house in the community. Interviewees include:

· Albert Mora

· Alcee Taylor

· Calvin Bell

· Earl Taylor

· Henry C. Adams

· Julian Culbreath

· Marvin Carver

· Orie Williams

· Paul Taylor

· Ray Guthrie

· Raymond S. Pringle, Jr.

· Thomas “Blue” Fulford

· Vernon Mora

· Walter Bell

NOAA Fisheries – In Their Own Words

Series of interviews conducted for the documentary In Their Own Words: Perseverance and Resilience in Two Florida Fishing Communities. Interviewees include:

· Karen Bell

· John Banyas

NOAA Fisheries – Florida's Forgotten Coast

Florida's Forgotten Coast oral history collection includes twenty-one interviews documenting the seafood industry in Franklin County, FL, with an emphasis on Apalachicola, plus two interviews relating to tupelo honey. Original Collection Housed at Archives & Special Collections at the University of Mississippi and online at

Learn More Maritime History 

Historic Spanish Point
Home to a shell midden/mound exhibit and a small boat shop.

Manatee Village Historical Park
Current home of the Fogarty Boat shop originally sited on the Manatee River in Fogartyville.

The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature
Collection includes model ships and a replica of a skiff built from the Manatee River.

SS American Victory
A WW2 Liberty Ship and Museum in Tampa.

Find Exciting Volunteer and
Learning Opportunities

Heritage Monitoring Scouts

Heritage Monitoring Scouts (HMS Florida) is a public engagement program focused on tracking changes to archaeological sites at risk, particularly those impacted by climate change in the form of erosion and sea level rise. 


The Sea Scouts
This program enables teens (14-20) to learn maritime skills by sailing a variety of handmade wooden sailboats, having fun, and earning service hours at group activities such as shore clean ups.