Collections

More than 150,000 artifacts of historical and antiquarian interest to the City of Pensacola, Escambia County, and West Florida.

The scope of UWF Historic Trust’s collection is very broad and diverse, covering nearly every type of historical material: furniture, costumes and textiles including an impressive collection of quilts; currency, coins and tokens; musical instruments; industrial-business machines and equipment; political and governmental items and documents; civilian and military weapons; hardware and tool; fraternal materials; farming equipment; personal and household items; sawmill machinery and equipment; and large vehicles and rolling stock.

The bulk of the collection resulted from the donation of the T. T. Wentworth, Jr. Collection in 1983. Mr. Wentworth was a former politician and real estate agent who operated a 5,000 square-foot roadside-type museum in Ensley. He was one of the original founders of the local historical society and the Pensacola preservation movement. For nearly 80 years, he actively collected local historical documents and artifacts.

Over the years, the organization has received other large collections including a collection of Coca-Cola collectibles and memorabilia from the former owners of the local bottling plant. In addition, UWF Historic Trust was gifted all the locally-related items which had been exhibited in a privately owned Civil War Soldiers’ Museum. In 2010, the University of West Florida Foundation transferred the Trader Jon Collection of 13,000 naval air related photos, artifacts and documents to our collection. It includes flight suits, uniforms, insignia, and related equipment; fragments of aircraft and ships; model aircraft; flags, posters, plaques and ephemera; documents, art, and photographic images; and miscellaneous furniture.