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Broward County Library's Digital Collections feature rare books, artifacts, exhibits, and special collection materials online to serve the educational and informational needs of the public. BCL has 3 locations with Special Collections:

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2013 Florida Artists' Book Prize: A Virtual Exhibition

2013 Florida Artists' Book Prize: A Virtual Exhibition
The Bienes Museum of the Modern Book and the Florida Center for the Book present the seventeenth annual Florida Artists' Book Prize exhibition in this e-catalog. All of the books selected for the exhibition are shown here in their entirety. More...

The Collections
Ephemera and Manuscripts - AARLCC
Alex Haley Collection: The Voyages of Alex Haley, Notebooks and Memoirs of an African-American Writer

Alex Haley Collection: The Voyages of Alex Haley, Notebooks and Memoirs of an African-American Writer
The Alex Haley Collection at AARLCC includes eight typed, unfinished manuscripts, including drafts and handwritten notes. It also includes large amounts of correspondence between Haley and aspiring writers such as Tom Feelings, students of all ages, friends, peers such as Danielle Steele, politicians, and noted celebrities such as Quincy Jones, Johnny Carson. More...


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2013 Florida Artists' Book Prize: A Virtual Exhibition

2013 Florida Artists' Book Prize: A Virtual Exhibition
The Bienes Museum of the Modern Book and the Florida Center for the Book present the seventeenth annual Florida Artists' Book Prize exhibition in this e-catalog. All of the books selected for the exhibition are shown here in their entirety. More...

2012 Florida Artists' Book Prize: A Virtual Exhibition

2012 Florida Artists' Book Prize: A Virtual Exhibition
The Bienes Museum of the Modern Book and the Florida Center for the Book present the sixteenth annual Florida Artists' Book Prize exhibition in this e-catalog. All of the books selected for the exhibition are shown here in their entirety. More...

2011 Florida Artists' Book Prize: A Virtual Exhibition

2011 Florida Artists' Book Prize: A Virtual Exhibition
The Bienes Museum of the Modern Book and the Florida Center for the Book present the fifteenth annual Florida Artists' Book Prize exhibition in this e-catalog. All of the books selected for the exhibition are shown here in their entirety. More...

2010 Florida Artists' Book Prize: A Virtual Exhibition

2010 Florida Artists' Book Prize: A Virtual Exhibition
The Bienes Museum of the Modern Book and the Florida Center for the Book present the fourteenth annual Florida Artists' Book Prize exhibition in this e-catalog. All of the books selected for the exhibition are shown here in their entirety. More...

2009 Florida Artists' Book Prize: A Virtual Exhibition

2009 Florida Artists' Book Prize: A Virtual Exhibition
The Bienes Museum of the Modern Book and the Florida Center for the Book present the thirteenth annual Florida Artists' Book Prize exhibition in this e-catalog. All of the books selected for the exhibition are shown here in their entirety. More...

2008 Florida Artists' Book Prize: A Virtual Exhibition

2008 Florida Artists' Book Prize: A Virtual Exhibition
The Bienes Museum of the Modern Book and the Florida Center for the Book present the fifteenth annual Florida Artists' Book Prize exhibition in this e-catalog. All of the books selected for the exhibition are shown here in their entirety. More...

2007 Florida Artists' Book Prize: A Virtual Exhibition

2007 Florida Artists' Book Prize: A Virtual Exhibition
The Bienes Museum of the Modern Book and the Florida Center for the Book present the eleventh annual Florida Artists' Book Prize exhibition in this e-catalog. All of the books elected for the exhibition are shown here in their entirety, and a few of them are even shown using moving images. More...

2006 Florida Artists' Book Prize: A Virtual Exhibition

2006 Florida Artists' Book Prize: A Virtual Exhibition
The Bienes Museum of the Modern Book and the Florida Center for the Book present the tenth annual Florida Artists' Book Prize exhibition in this e-catalog. All of the books selected for the exhibition are shown here in their entirety, and a few of them are even shown using moving images. More...

The Great Days of Rail Travel on the Florida East Coast

The Great Days of Rail Travel on the Florida East Coast
October 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014
The exhibition highlights the history and years of passenger train service by the Florida East Coast Railway beginning in 1885 when Henry M. Flagler purchased the predecessor of today's FEC. It features images, brochures, booklets and other memorabilia from the halcyon days of rail passenger service from "America's most exciting railroad", the fabled Florida East Coast Railway. More...

Bountiful Broward: Eating in South Florida, 1880s-1980s

Bountiful Broward: Eating in South Florida, 1880s-1980s
December 7, 2011 - March 31, 2012
The Bountiful Broward exhibition shows food items and cooking trends that define the County's eating and dining traditions. More...

Sun, Sand & Suspense: Mystery and Crime Fiction in Florida 1895-2011

Sun, Sand & Suspense: Mystery and Crime Fiction in Florida 1895-2011
July 6 - November 18, 2011
The Sun, Sand & Suspense exhibition features the work of mystery and crime writers who used Florida as a setting for their novels. It is arranged chronologically and shows a select sampling of mysteries from 1895 to 2011. More...

Fontaneda Society Members' Exhibition

Fontaneda Society, Book Collectors of South Florida: Members' Exhibition
January 17 - March 14, 2008
The Fontaneda Society serves the interests of booklovers through studies in book collecting, fine printing and related graphic arts, and more. Highlighted in this exhibition are selected items from a variety of collection subject areas including 19th century cookbooks, Frank Lloyd Wright books, books on jazz discography, and many others. More...

So This Is Florida: An Exhibition of Decorative Book Bindings and Book Jackets, 1873-1999

So This Is Florida: An Exhibition of Decorative Book Bindings and Book Jackets, 1873-1999
Seventy Floridiana books and pamphlets from the collections of Broward County Main Library's Bienes Museum of the Modern Book, The Dianne and Michael Bienes Special Collections and Rare Book Library, chronicling the evolution of American book design and publishing from the 1873 to 1999. More...


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Pop Phenomena: A Comic Book Exhibition

Pop Phenomena: A Comic Book Exhibition
June 30-September 20, 2009
The exhibition showcases approximately 60 vintage comic books (and their precursors: Big Little Books and early Blue Ribbon pop-up books) from the collections of the Bienes Museum of the Modern Book. The comics and other items date from the 1930s to the 1980s, and includes titles such as The Amazing Spider-Man; Archie; Betty and Veronica; Daredevil; the Defenders; the Fantastic Four; the Incredible Hulk; Iron Man; Jughead; Marvel Tales; Marvel Team-Up; the Sub-Mariner; and Star Wars. More...

Pop-ups and other Illustrated Books, Ephemera, and Graphic Designs of Czech Artist and Paper Engineer, Vojtěch Kubašta (1914-1992)

Pop-ups and other Illustrated Books, Ephemera, and Graphic Designs of Czech Artist and Paper Engineer, Vojtěch Kubašta (1914-1992)
From the Collection of the Bienes Museum of the Modern Book. More...

 ABC Non-book Materials: Selections from the Nyr Indictor Collection of the Alphabet

ABC Non-book Materials: Selections from the Nyr Indictor Collection of the Alphabet
The Nyr Indictor Collection of the Alphabet is a research level resource of approximately 2,000 items that records in detail the worldwide development of the nineteenth- and twentieth-century alphabets. Along with ABC books in languages as diverse as: Arabic, Cherokee, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, American Sign Language, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Thai, Ukrainian, Yiddish, etc., the collection also includes formats as diverse as: artists' books, blocks, broadsides, ceramics, clothing, compact discs, curtains, erasers, flash cards, food, friezes, glass, greeting cards, jigsaw puzzles, key rings, miniature books, pencils, placemats, postcards, posters, records, rubber stamps, shoes, silhouettes, stationery stencils, stickers, textiles, toys and games, videotapes, umbrellas, wallpaper, wrapping paper, etc., in short - almost anything under the sun that records an alphabet. More...


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Around the World with the WPA: Books and Artifacts from Government-Funded Projects during the FDR Era

Around the World with the WPA: Books and Artifacts from Government-Funded Projects during the FDR Era
The WPA exhibition showcases books, models, mannequins and costume plates with a national and international perspective. All artifacts and books were created by artists, writers and craftsmen for Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration, which provided relief and employment for many during the Great Depression. More...

CCC: Civilian Conservation Corps (1933-1943): The New Deal's Depression-Era Ecological Movement

CCC: Civilian Conservation Corps (1933-1943): The New Deal's Depression-Era Ecological Movement
The Bienes Museum 's CCC collection includes books, pamphlets, posters, banners, clothing, memory books, newspapers and newsletters, certificates, games, matchbook covers, menus, patches, pillow cases, posters, and postcards. More...

Education by Design: Educational Visual Aids from the Bienes Museum's WPA Museum Extension Project Collection

Education by Design: Educational Visual Aids from the Bienes Museum's WPA Museum Extension Project Collection
The Museum Extension Project (MEP) and the Visual Aids Project (VAP) were among some of the smaller and lesser-known sections that fell under the administrative control of the WPA's Women's and Professional Division. The MEP and the VAP were created to "help public schools to obtain visual education aids designed to give life and reality to the things children study." More...

WPA Florida Publications

WPA Florida Publications
Publications, artifacts, and art works by various Florida New Deal and WPA agencies. More...

WPA Children's Books (1935-1943)

WPA Children's Books (1935-1943) by the Pennsylvania Writers' Project, the New York City New Reading Materials Program, and the Milwaukee Handicraft Project
The ninety WPA children's books on exhibit inform and explore literature and art published and created for young Americans during President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's (FDR) New Deal and Works Progress Administration (WPA). More...

WPA Handicraft Projects

WPA Handicraft Projects
The Bienes Museum's WPA Handicraft Projects collection primarily features artifacts from Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and some from Oshkosh, Wisconsin; Des Moines, Iowa; Iron Mountain, Michigan; Orlando, Florida; Tennessee; and Vermont. It includes examples of block-printed textiles, books, bookbinding, bookmarks, children's furniture, clothing, crewel embroidery, doll clothing, educational toys, portfolios, and wooden signs. More...


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Japan and the Art of War, 1863-1945: Japanese Military Art and Artifacts from the Mitchell Wolfson, Jr. Study Centre

Japan and the Art of War, 1863-1945: Japanese Military Art and Artifacts from the Mitchell Wolfson, Jr. Study Centre
November 9, 2009 - March 15, 2010
The art work, books, and artifacts on exhibit in Japan and the Art of War chronicle the emergence of Japan as a world military and economic power in the latter decades of the nineteenth century through the end of World War II. As Japan adjusted to its new role, artists and designers played an important role in interpreting issues surrounding war. The idea of conflict - the way it was presented to the Japanese people and to the larger world - evolved as the nation grew in power and developed its modern identity. More...

Series Americana

Series Americana: An Exhibition of Selected Post Depression-Era Regional Literature from the Collection of Carol Fitzgerald
AA Selected Exhibition from the Collection of Carol Fitzgerald, October 25, 2007 - January 8, 2008. More...

Bienes Museum Publications

Bienes Museum of the Modern Book The Publications
Exhibition catalogs and other publications from the first ten years of the Dianne and Michael Bienes Special Collections and Rare Book Library. More...


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Top 100 Artifacts: The Special Collections of Broward County Library

Top 100 Artifacts: The Special Collections of Broward County Library
Broward County Library's Third eBook!
Broward County Libraries Division has published a new eBook, Top 100 Artifacts: The Special Collections of Broward County Library. The Special Collections staff of Broward County Library’s three unique collection areas – the Bienes Museum of the Modern Book, the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center and the Broward County Historical Commission created a list of BCL’s top 100 artifacts, and it includes some rare and wonderful items. See treasures from the famed shipwreck the Atocha, masks and instruments from Africa and even an 11,000 year-old wooly mammoth tooth.

Downloadable formats: EPUB eBook (iPad, smart phone, NOOK, Sony Reader); Kindle Book
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History of Broward County

History of Broward County
Broward County Library's Second eBook!
This historic account of the creation and growth of Broward County was written as one of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) Federal Writers’ Project publications. During the Great Depression, the Federal Writers’ Project provided employment to struggling writers such as Francis H. Miner, the Miami-based editor who wrote and researched The History of Broward County. The manuscript is housed at the Bienes Museum of the Modern Book at Broward County Main Library along with many other books and artifacts from the WPA.

Downloadable formats: EPUB eBook (iPad, smart phone, NOOK, Sony Reader); Kindle Book
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The Bienes Museum Catalogs of James A. Findlay eBook

The Bienes Museum Catalogs of James A. Findlay
Broward County Library's First eBook!
This brief survey of catalogs provides an exciting look back at publications that Jim Findlay (1943-2010) wrote, edited or contributed to in some capacity. Jim and his colleagues produced a varied array of exceptional print pieces, at times in collaboration with expert collectors. What remains impressive is the range and scope of the subject matter, presented with in-depth scholarship and encased in an intriguing wrapper.

Downloadable formats: EPUB eBook (iPad, smart phone, NOOK, Sony Reader); Kindle Book
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