Local History Resources

The Library's Local History collection includes many print, digital, and microform resources housed at the Headquarters Library.

Digital access to historical documentsBurtz Gainesville Directory

The Library, in cooperation with the Matheson History Museum, is pleased to offer digital access to a number of local historical documents, including very early yearbooks from Gainesville High School. It also includes the entire transcript of the Alachua Heritage: Living Portrait that was completed in 1999 and an 1899 Southern Bell Telephone Directory. Also included are the Historical and Architectural Surveys of both the Cities of Alachua and High Springs. This collection affords a glance at various aspects of life in Alachua County, Florida throughout the 20th century.

Heritage Collection

The Heritage Collection consists of approximately 1,100 historical photographs from the Alachua County Florida area, including local landmarks, portraits, historic maps, community events, natural disasters, and many items of local interest.

Treat yourself to a journey of amazing historical detail and profound human interest through this annotated photographic exposé of the Alachua region spanning the 1870s through the 1970s.  Experience and understand local history local history in a different way, through the faces and places of the past that still influence the present.