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Biographies of Florida People

Great Floridians 2000 Program (Division of Historical Resources) provides very brief biographical descriptions of "individuals who distinguished themselves through their philanthropy, public service or personal or professional service, and who have enhanced the lives of Florida's citizens."

Florida Biography & Citation Index (State Library) "contains references to biographical information on the state's notable people and related subjects in the books, periodicals, vertical files, newspapers, and maps of the Florida Collection [in the State Library, Tallahassee]. Some of the resources indexed are rare, but many are from current periodicals that might be found in the UCF Libraries or other local libraries."
The records in this index are a subset of the State Library of Florida's library catalog and are searched through the main catalog at To search for just the Florida Biography/Citation Index citations:

  • click on the "Power Search" option (under the search box)
  • on the search form, choose Florida Biography & Citation Index from the "Location" dropdown box
  • on the results of your search, you will see a list of the records with a call number in the format FLCITE(374332.1)
  • click on the "Details" button to see the detailed record
  • on the detailed record, click on the "Catalog Record" tab to see the list of citations for that record