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Special Collections: Home

Welcome to the Special Collections Page

Special Collections is the newest department in the Proctor Library. Starting in 2012 the collection is an outgrowth of the Proctor Library's existing collection, merely a separation of books identified as not appropriate for general public access. Some books have been donated to the library and were automatically placed in Special Collections by either request of the donor, or determination by the Special Collections Librarian. Books make up 99.9% of the collection with the other .1% being letters, photographs, other odd pieces of paper removed from books now in the collection, or magazines.

Some of Our Books

Sewall's Sketches of St. Augustine by R.K. Sewall, 1849


The Pictorial Field-Book of the Revolution by Benson J. Lossing, 1860


Fabulous Florida by Ruby Leach Carson, 1942


Margaret Tudor by Annie T. Colcock, 1901


The Lady of the Aroostook by W.D. Howells, 1879

Searching the Collection

To search the entire collection:

- Go to the library catalog home ( and select Advanced Search.

- Then type in "Special" in the search box and limit to MFHD Global Keyword in the drop down menu.



If you are a guest and not affiliated with Flagler College, when you try to access the library catalog you will be directed to a login page with a link at the top that says Visitors not affiliated with the college, click here to access the Library Catalog.

Requesting Access

  • For the safety of the collection, you will need to make an appointment or send Katherine Owens an email ( with your request. I will pull the book(s) you need to peruse.
  • Special Collections is a non-circulating collection; the items may not leave the building, or, the First Floor, and can only be used under the supervision of a library staff member.
  • If you are a professor needing long-term access to an item, I will be more than happy to work with you to provide the needed access, without compromising the security of the item.

Special Collections Librarian

Katherine Owens
Proctor Library
44 Sevilla Street
St. Augustine, FL 32084

(904) 819-6485 (office)
(904) 819-6331 (reference desk)

Areas of Emphasis

  • Saint Augustine, FL, history and fiction
  • Old Florida Guidebooks
  • Deaf Culture
  • Autographed books by authors in the College's "Writer's Forum" series
  • Books written by faculty and staff
  • 19th and early 20th century schoolbooks
  • Sir Walter Scott

For books about Flagler College, Henry Flagler, or the Ponce de Leon Hotel please contact Mrs. Jolene DuBray Woodward in the College Archives,

For books, particularly historical books on the history of St. Augustine, please visit the St. Augustine Historical Society's Research Library.