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Florida During World War II

1943 photo of armament display for World War II bond drive in Leesburg, Florida

This guide from the State Library of Florida explores Florida’s World War II history and heritage. 

Materials are generally available through interlibrary loan from the circulating collection of the State Library. 

Links within the bibliographies take you to information in our State Library catalog or to more information on external sites.


Journal articles 

  • Coles, David J. “‘Hell-By-The-Sea’: Florida’s Camp Gordon Johnston in World War II.” Florida Historical Quarterly 73.1 (1994): 1–22. 
  • Evans, Jon. “The Origins of Tallahassee’s Racial Disturbance Plan: Segregation, Racial Tensions, and Violence During World War II.” Florida Historical Quarterly 79.3 (2001): 346–364.
  • Mormino, Gary R. “GI Joe Meets Jim Crow: Racial Violence and Reform in World War II Florida.” Florida Historical Quarterly 73.1 (1994): 23–42. 
  • Prior, Leon O. “Nazi Invasion of Florida!” Florida Historical Quarterly 49.2 (1970): 129–139. 
  • Rogers, Ben F. “Florida in World War II: Tourists and Citrus.” Florida Historical Quarterly 39.1 (1960): 34–41.

State government publications

Florida Memory 

1943 photo of woman welding for the Saint Johns River shipbuilding company in Jacksonville, Florida

For FY2023-24, the percentage of total costs for the State Library and Statewide Resource Sharing program financed with federal money is 67%; the federal dollar amount to be spent on the program is $1,502,070. Local match, which includes non-governmental funding, is $742,070.31.

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