America's Swamp: the Historical Everglades Project
Includes the University of Florida's most important historical record collections documenting the despoiling of the Everglades and the development of South Florida in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Through funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), this three year project (2009-2012) digitized approximately 100,000 pages in multiple archival collections. The collections selected for this project document early plans for draining the Everglades in the 1880s and 1890s, the dredging of canals and subsequent development of the destroyed wetlands at the start of the 20th century, as well as early attempts by conservationists to preserve the natural resources of the Everglades.
For more information about America's Swamp, the guide to the project includes links to archival collections, project activities, an exhibit, and lesson plans.