Special Collections

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 Special Collection Spotlight:

The Christine Wigfall Morris African American Collection

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 Remembering Christine Wigfall Morris

Christine Wigfall Morris, affectionately known as Miss Chris, was hired by the City of Clearwater, Florida, in July 1949 as its first African-American librarian. Prior to working for the city, she had never been inside a public library because local segregation practices did not encourage African Americans to visit one . . . Morris helped to spearhead the opening of the facility designated as the Negro Library in April 1950, located in a storefront. An innovator even then in terms of library services, Morris implemented a voter registration program, began a tutorial program for residents preparing for high school equivalency exams, and started a summer program for children featuring storytelling, movies, and puppet shows. - from American Libraries Magazine, March 16, 2011.

Morris helped establish the Edward Allen Henry, Jr. Special Collection on Negro Culture and History at her library in 1970. It is now known as the Christine Wigfall Morris African American Collection at the Clearwater North Greenwood Library. The collection was renamed in her honor upon her retirement from the library in 1982. 

Stories of Family, Community, and History by Christine Neomi Morris

 Christine Wigfall Morris' Autobiography

Christine Wigfall Morris: Stories of Family, Community, and History recalls Morris' 33 years as a librarian and community leader in Clearwater.

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 The Christine Wigfall Morris African American Collection

The Clearwater North Greenwood Library  houses the Christine Wigfall Morris African American Collection, a significant collection of African American literature and history. The collection features more than 4,300 items, including biographies, magazines, literature, music, and films.

Clearwater Sun Newspaper Collection

The Clearwater Sun was published from May 1, 1914 to July 27, 1989.

Issues are available on microfilm from 1925-1989 at the Clearwater Main Library.

Cataloging and processing digital copies from the microfilm is an ongoing staff and volunteer driven project.

Please contact us to request research assistance.

Clearwater Sun Photo Collection

The Clearwater Main Library houses the Clearwater Sun Photograph Archive, which contains more than 60,000 printed photographs organized by topic.

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.

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What's What in Clearwater Collection

What’s What in Clearwater” began in 1933 to welcome winter visitors to the city and to inform them about the many places of interest in and around Clearwater.

Clearwater Community History Collection

The Clearwater Community History collection contains local history documents and memorabilia from Clearwater's community groups, schools, and organizations.

Internet Archive

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City Directories

The Clearwater Public Library System maintains 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.

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High School Yearbooks

Explore Clearwater history on Internet Archive. Highlights include the Aqua Clara Yearbook from Clearwater High School (dating back to 1916).

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Pinellas Newspaper Indexes

These volumes index articles published on various subjects within local Pinellas County newspapers.

Genealogy Resources

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Pinellas Genealogy Society

The Pinellas Genealogy Society is located at Largo Public Library, where they offer free classes, additional research databases,print material and in person assistance.

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Ancestry: Library Edition

Ancestry is an invaluable resource for genealogists and family researchers looking for census records, immigration information, passenger lists, birth, marriage, death and military records.

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Heritage Studio

The 4th floor Heritage Studio at the Clearwater Main Library houses a print collection of genealogy resources.

Drop in or make a reservation to preserve your family history using our digitization stations.

Newspapers (Online)

Clearwater Sun Newspaper Collection

The Clearwater Sun was published from May 1, 1914 to July 27, 1989.

Digitized issues are available online from 1914-1989 through Pinellas Memory.

Cataloging and processing digital copies from the microfilm is an ongoing staff and volunteer driven project.

Issues are available on microfilm from 1925-1989 at the Clearwater Main Library.

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St. Petersburg Times

Coverage: May 4, 1901 to Dec. 31, 2009

Search through more than 100 years of St. Petersburg Times (now known as the Tampa Bay Times) newspaper issues. Full-text searching for all available issues. You can download PDF versions of issues for later research.

Tampa Bay Times Collection

Search through current and past Tampa Bay Times articles, blogs, and web-exclusives. Coverage for the print edition runs from 1987-present and includes both full-text search and images for the current year's issues. Web content is covered from 2002-present and blogs are covered from 2005-present. Content can be downloaded for later reading.

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Safety Harbor Herald

This collection, maintained by the Safety Harbor Library, contains digitized, searchable issues of the Safety Harbor Herald ranging from 1919 through 1989.

Other Resources

Wickman Collection of Books of the Sea
Wickman Collection of Books of the Sea

The initial Wickman Collection of Books of the Sea was donated in 1962 by the Clearwater Power Squadron Boating Club in honor of fellow member, author, photographer, and yachtsman Carl Robert Wickman.

The original gift of 300 books was expanded by the Power Squadron and is continually developed and refined by the Clearwater Public Library System.

The current collection consists of more than 2,000 items focused on marine topics. It is housed on the third floor of the Clearwater Main Library.

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Microfilm Holdings

The following are available on microfilm at the Clearwater Main Library:

  • Clearwater Sun: January 1925-May 1989
  • St. Petersburg Times (Tampa Bay Times): 1970-present
  • New York Times: 1930-2009
  • Wall Street Journal: 1968-2006
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Magazine Archive

The Clearwater Main Library maintains a collection of vintage magazines going back to the first half of the 20th century, as well as current subscriptions to more than 200 magazines and newspapers.

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Local Histories

Click here to browse our local history print collection.

Clearwater Historical Society

The purpose of the Society is to provide for the preservation of the history of Clearwater, Florida and the Greater Clearwater area.