About the Collection
P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History began as a private collection in Pensacola, Florida. It was jointly developed by
Julien Chandler Yonge (who began collecting books on Florida at the age of 13 in 1892) and his father Philip Keyes Yonge. In 1945, Julien Yonge
donated the collection to the University of Florida, establishing it in honor of his father, and coming to Gainesville as the first curator.
As it enters its second century, the Yonge Library is a leading research center for the study of Florida's past.
Visiting the Collection
The Yonge Library is housed with other special collection materials in the George A. Smathers Library,
immediately next to the Main Library, on the Plaza of the Americas in the university's historic campus. Advance notice of a
research visit is appreciated and recommended. Please check in at the reading room desk upon arrival.