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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.

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 | RICHES Mosaic Interface™ | UCF Community Veterans History Project

Recently-Added Collections

New Collection: First Unitarian Church of Orlando

New Collection: First Unitarian Church of Orlando Orlando Unitarian Universalists can follow their roots back to 1912, when Reverend Eleanor Gordon was first minister to a church formed with 21 members. Building Unity Chapel in 1913, the group shared literary and spirited discussions, fostered by transplanted Unitarians from the North. Property in an orange grove […]

June 25, 2019

New Additions to the VLP Collection!

In 2017, the University of Central Florida was one of three universities selected to launch the National Cemetery Administration’s Veterans Legacy Program Project. The program continues, engaging a team of scholars to make the life stories of veterans buried in national cemeteries available to the public. The project engages UCF students in research and writing […]

June 5, 2019

Screening of “The Yard” at the First Unitarian Church of Orlando

Photographs from a screening of the 60-minute documentary, “The Yard”, at the First Unitarian Church of Orlando. The event took place on March 7, 2019, from 6:30pm to 9:00 pm. The screening of the film was followed by a panel discussion that included the filmmaker. Partners in the event included Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), First […]

May 21, 2019