Local and US History

Clearwater Sun Collection

The Clearwater Public Library System holds the copyright to the Clearwater Sun. Please contact us using this form to request research assistance.
In-person access at the Clearwater Main Library: the newspaper's 1925-1989 run is available on microfilm; access to the Sun photograph archive (comprised of 47,000+ photographs) is available on request.
Online access at Pinellas Memory: Selected photographs have been published on Pinellas Memory. Newspaper issues from 1925-1929 are now available, with more added weekly. Digitization of the archive is ongoing, and we are actively seeking volunteers to assist with this project.

City Directories at the Clearwater Main Library

We maintain a popular collection of city directories, useful for researching people and businesses over time. A selection of this collection has been digitized and is available for searching at Archive.org.

Microfilm Holdings at the Main Library

  • Clearwater Sun January 1925-May 1989
  • Saint Pete Times (now Tampa Bay Times) 1970-present
  • New York Times 1930-2009
  • Wall Street Journal 1968-2006

Magazine Archive

The Clearwater Main Library maintains a collection of vintage magazines going back to the 1950s, as well as current subscriptions to over 200 magazines and newspapers.

Search the St Pete Times Archive

>>>Search their website for articles from 1987-present.

>>>Search Google News archive for articles from 1870-2008.

Other Pinellas county papers archived by Google News include the St. Petersburg Daily Times, the St. Petersburg Evening Independent, and the St. Petersburg Independent.

Please note that you cannot print from the Google News archive, although you may be able to use your computer's screen print function to grab a picture. Should you need back issues of the St. Petersburg Times/Tampa Bay Times, please visit the Main Library and request access to the microfilm. You can also request reprints of specific articles directly from the newspaper.

Pinellas Museums

Research Resources

Local Histories

Florida girl : short stories of family, community & history: 1804-1969 Ghost stories of St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Pinellas County Christine Wigfall Morris: Stories of Family, Community, and History Clearwater, FL - Images of America Spring training in Clearwater : fencebusters and fastballs from the Philadelphia Phillies and the Clearwater Threshers Black America Series - Clearwater Florida 125 years : Tampa Bay through the Times Then & Now - Tampa Bay's Beaches Historic Pinellas County - A Centennial History A history of Florida forts : Florida's lonely outposts Florida : a short history Florida history

>>>Click here to find more books on Clearwater's history

Government Services

Listings of community assistance resources in the Tampa Bay Area. Citizens can find help and referral information to various support agencies on all topics of concern.  Apply for food stamps, get Medicaid or temporary cash assistance  Unemployment Compensation Claim your weeks for re-employment here  Contact elected federal officials  Federal Document Links Florida Department of Corrections  Hurricane Preparedness Information  Get Help Florida website
Pinellas Memory

Clearwater Sun Archive

Explore local history at Pinellas Memory, including historic newspapers, photographs, and documents.

Lynda.com - online learning


Access the most powerful professional video learning library with your Clearwater library card. Topics include business management, coding, software, photography, graphic design, and more.

Library Databases

Research Databases