Research & Archives


The Joseph L. Brechner Research Center was established with a donation from Marion Brody Brechner in honor of her husband, a prominent journalist and founder of WFTV Channel 9 in Orlando.

The History Center holds the special collections of the Historical Society of Central Florida, which has been collecting material since 1942. The Research Center is located on the fifth floor of the History Center, and is free to the public by appointment.

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Research Library

Seeking more information about a historic property, a local school or other organization, or just looking to learn something new about our community? In addition to caring for the Central Florida Historical Society’s archival  holdings and its artifact collection, the Joseph L. Brechner also houses a research library containing over 6,500 published volumes pertaining to topics of local historical interest, including a complete collection of The Corner Cupboard, hundreds of maps spanning Orange County’s history, an expansive collection of school yearbooks, and a growing archive of oral histories that tell central Florida’s history in the words of the people who lived it.

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