Clearwater Public Library Collections
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The Clearwater Public Library System's collections include the newspaper and photo archives of the Clearwater Sun, as well as a variety of local history materials from the early 1900's to the 1990's.
- In 2015, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) awarded a grant of nearly $12,000 to the Clearwater Public Library System to bring historical records and artifacts currently hidden in family attics and basements and make them digitally available to the wider public and for posterity. It is one of only two institutions in the state of Florida to have been awarded the grant. These were the first awards made under the NEH’s new Common Heritage grant program, which was created as part of The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square, an agency-wide initiative that seeks to enhance the role of the humanities in civic life. The Common Heritage grant awarded to the Clearwater Public Library System has allowed it to host “digitization days,” which invited members of the public to share materials important to their family or community histories, such as photographs, artifacts, letters and works of art. These items have been digitized and tagged with descriptive information and context provided by the owners. With the owner’s permission, the digitized materials are made publicly available here.
- Clearwater Sun Newspaper Issues The Clearwater Sun was published from May 1, 1914 to July 27, 1989. The Clearwater Public Library System is the copyright holder. Clearwater Sun issues are available on microfilm from 1925-1989 at the Clearwater Main Library; digital issues are being made available, starting with the 1920s. Cataloging and processing digital copies from the microfilm is an ongoing staff and volunteer driven project.
- The Clearwater Main Library houses the Clearwater Sun Photograph Archive, which contains more than 60,000 printed photographs organized by topic. While the Clearwater Sun was published from 1914-1989, the photograph archive contains images primarily from the 1960s-1980s. The collection is available for research by request on the fourth floor of the Clearwater Main Library. A selection of these photographs have been cataloged and shared on Pinellas Memory; initial coverage includes library and city events and locations, followed by local community organizations.