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Gainesville Modern Archive

Identifier: MSS 0383

Scope and Content

The Gainesville Modern Archive is comprised of architectural drawings collected by Gainesville Modern, primarily for residences dating from 1932-1967. Some of the drawings are reproductions of original drawings, and some of the drawings have been digitized or exist only as digital reproductions (i.e., there are no physical drawings). In addition to the drawings, there are materials relating to exhibitions and to annual home tours conducted by Gainesville Modern.


  • 1932-2020



The collection is open for research. Note: Some materials are only accessible digitally and do not have physical copies.

Biographical/Historical Note

Gainesville Modern is a non-profit organization dedicated to documenting the location and history of architecturally significant modernist properties in Gainesville and Alachua County, Florida. Gainesville Modern is a natural outgrowth of Historic Gainesville, Inc. (HGI), founded in 1972 for the purpose of advancing historic preservation efforts in Gainesville. The organization was instrumental in the purchase and preservation of the Thomas Hotel and its repurposing into the Thomas Center. HGI also spearheaded the designation of five historic districts in the city, and worked with homeowners to get architecturally significant properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places. More than forty years later, through Gainesville Modern, HGI's scope has expanded to include architecturally significant properties of the Mid-Century Modern style, many of which now meet the National Register of Historic Places fifty year age threshold. In addition, the organization sees Gainesville's growing inventory of contemporary residential and commercial architecture, including many LEED-certified "green" buildings, as deserving of wider recognition.

Gainesville Modern occasionally collects architectural drawings, photographs and other historical materials relating to these properties. The Gainesville Modern Archive was established in 2016 as part of the Architecture Archives at the UF George A. Smathers Libraries in order to preserve these significant drawings and materials for education and research.


4 Linear feet (7 boxes)

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Architectural drawings of significant Mid-Century Modern properties in Gainesville and Alachua County, Florida, which were collected and preserved by Gainesville Modern, Inc.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Acquisition Information

he collection was donated by Gainesville Modern, Inc., starting in 2016. Additional acquisitions are expected. Sources for the drawings are identified in the descriptions when known.

Alternative Format Available

The items in this collection have been digitized and are available via the Gainesville Modern page in the University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC).

Related Material

Additional drawings and other historical materials relating to architecture and design in Florida and the Caribbean are available online in the Architecture Archives digital collection.

A Guide to the Gainesville Modern Archive
Finding aid created by John R. Nemmers
March 2017 (Updated February 2023)
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Finding Aid Prepared Using Dacs
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Description is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America