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RICHES™ is an interdisciplinary digital project that partners with multiple academic units at the University of Central Florida, six other Florida universities, and commercial and nonprofit sectors of the community. The project has two goals: 1) to serve as a model for documenting regional history, especially “hidden” history and culture, through an interactive database that draws from multiple repositories and personal collections, and 2) to develop new digital tools for historians.

Check out UCF’s College of Arts and Humanities 2019 Spotlight, featuring RICHES!

See the RICHES Year in Review for 2018!

RICHES Mosaic Interface™
A central component of the project is the RICHES™ Mosaic Interface (RICHES™ MI), which is an interactive digital collection of Florida’s history. This free public tool offers a searchable database with access to images, documents, podcasts, oral histories, films, and visualizations. It combines time and geographical results with text analysis techniques to help users find hidden connections within the archive. Visit RICHES™ MI here.

New! Make it personal with the Bookbag tool
This new tool was created so that academic and community researchers using RICHES™ MI can save items of interest from their search results for future historical analysis. Once an item is saved into a personal Bookbag it will remain there so that the researcher can further analyze the item.

Public History Projects at the University of Central Florida
The Public History program at UCF links many projects under one initiative to promote the collection and preservation of Florida history. By facilitating research that records and presents the stories of communities, businesses, and institutions in Florida, RICHES seeks to provide the region with a deeper sense of its heritage. At the same time, the initiative connects students and faculty with the community and creates a foundation on which Floridians can build a better sense of their history. Check out some of our projects below!

Central Florida Podcasts and Documentaries | GLBT History Museum of Central Florida | UCF Community Veterans History Project

Recently-Added Collections

New Additions to the Weeki Wachee Collection

Along with a group of investors, Newton Perry opened Weeki Wachee Springs to the public in October of 1947, and used his experiences working at Silver Springs and Wakulla Springs to develop the original concepts for its underwater theater and mermaid shows. Perry sold his stake in Weeki Wachee Springs in 1950. After peaking in […]

September 4, 2020

New Oral History Interview: Sister Gail Grimes

An oral history interview of Sister Gail Grimes, a Roman Catholic sister from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who moved to Apopka, Florida, in January of 1975 to serve the farmworker, low-income and immigrant communities. This interview was conducted by Jared Muha in Apopka on October 10, 2014. Some of the topics covered include moving to Apopka, working […]

August 27, 2020

New Additions to the Central Florida Music History Collection

Collection of digital images, documents, and other records depicting the history of music in Central Florida. Series descriptions are based on special topics, the majority of which students focused their metadata entries around. Central Florida’s musical heritage is as rich as it is diverse, dating back to the Spanish settlers of the sixteenth century. Over […]

August 13, 2020