|There are five collections of materials created by and/or relating to architects among the holdings of the Special Collections unit. The largest and most significant of these collections is the Donovan Dean Collection. Dean was a long time Lakeland architect who designed more than 200 commercial and residential buildings in the city. Included in the Dean Collection are plans and drawings for 178 of these buildings, which he designed between 1943 and 1964. The collection also includes photographs of many of the structures.
The Special Collections unit also houses the papers of a second Lakeland architect who spent his entire professional career in the city. Richard P. Jones designed nearly 200 commercial buildings, homes, schools, and churches in and around Lakeland during his 30+ year career. The Richard P. Jones Papers include plans and drawings for more than 150 structures designed between 1950 and 1986, as well as the project files documenting the progress toward completing each of Jones' designs.
The Lakeland Buildings Collection contains drawings and plans for more than 60 public and commercial buildings in Lakeland. More than 20 of these designs were done by Wilbur B. Talley, one of Lakeland's and Florida's foremost designers of public buildings.
The Thomas B. Mack Collection contains more than 150 landscape plans for commercial and residential property in Lakeland and surrounding communities. Mack was also a long time faculty member at Florida Southern College.
The Frank Lloyd Wright Collection is part of the larger Florida Southern College Collection and contains biographical sketches, brochures, photographs, and newspaper clippings relating to the Frank Lloyd Wright designed buildings on the Florida Southern College campus.