The materials in this collection were collected and curated by Richard Mette. Mette is a lifelong Jacksonville resident and has family ties to the area going back several generations. He channeled his interest in the region into collecting memorabilia and ephemera that are representative of the business and attractions of the region. The majority of the collection served as souvenirs for visitors to Jacksonville and surrounding cities in Northeast Florida. Included in the collection are Mr. Mette’s research materials that provide additional background for the materials represented in this collection.