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Florida Memory Project Recognized With National Award

Florida State Library & Archives’ Florida Memory Team Receives Archival Innovator Award From Society of American Archivists


The Society of American Archivists recently announced that it has chosen the State Library & Archives’ Florida Memory team as the 2015 recipient of its Archival Innovator Award. The honor was given for Florida Memory’s creative presentation of archival sound recordings through its new 24-hour streaming Internet radio station, Florida Memory Radio (

 “The Society of American Archivists’ Archival Innovator Award is a significant achievement for the Florida Memory team,” said Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner. “This award demonstrates the commitment of the State Library & Archives and the Department of State to finding creative ways to make Florida’s historical and cultural resources more accessible to the public.

The Society of American Archivists is the oldest and largest national association for the archival profession in North America. Its Archival Innovator Award, which was established in 2012, recognizes archivists, repositories or organizations that show creativity in approaching professional challenges, demonstrate the ability to think outside the professional norm, or make an extraordinary impact on a community through archives programs or outreach.

In May 2014, the State Library & Archives’ Florida Memory team introduced Florida Memory Radio, which features music from the Florida Folklife Collection. Since launching, the station has attracted a worldwide audience and now features more than 8,000 tracks, with more added each month. Users can stream Florida Memory Radio at or download the Florida Memory Radio app for Apple iOS or Android devices.

 The award will be presented in August at a ceremony during the Society of American Archivists’ annual meeting in Cleveland, Ohio.


 About Florida Memory

Florida Memory provides free online access to significant photographs, films, sound recordings and original documents from the collections of the State Library and Archives of Florida. With over seven million visitors per month worldwide, Florida Memory chooses materials for digitization that illuminate significant events and individuals in the state's history and helps educate Floridians and millions of people around the world about Florida history and culture. Florida Memory is funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Florida Department of State's Division of Library and Information Services. For more information, visit