ISLAMORADA, FL – On February 29th, the History of Diving Museum held a special event to dedicate the Bauer Diving History Research Library.
Named after the museum’s founders, Drs. Joe and Sally Bauer, the new facility serves as the repository of the Bauer Library Collection, which consists of approximately 2500 volumes. It is one of the most comprehensive collections of rare books relative to the story of undersea exploration and was amassed by the Bauer’s over a span of four decades.
The collection is focused on titles published prior to the mid-1900’s and includes some very early publications dating back to the 1700’s. Included are books, prints, woodcuts, catalogues, and photographs illustrating diving history, treasure hunting, submarine warfare, natural history and other aspects of underwater exploration.
The project was made possible with a matching grant awarded by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council. The matching grant allowed the museum to purchase custom archival quality bookshelves, document storage drawers, a waterless fire suppression system, light fixtures, and an art hanging system. Technological improvements include wireless internet, and audio-visual equipment to make it a functional space for business meeting and events.
“The staff, board, and volunteers have all worked extremely hard on this project and its completion signifies a very important step forward for our young Museum” said Erin Wolfe, Manager of Collections and Administration. Wolfe also said the Research Library serves as a meeting room, and is available to rent.
The Museum is open to the general public daily from 10 am – 5 pm. The Research Library and meeting room will be accessible during these hours and serve primarily as a special collection research facility open to the public by special appointment.
When in the Florida Keys visit the museum at:
82990 Overseas Highway
Islamorada, FL 33036
Or on the web at www.divingmuseum.org