Clearwater Public Library System


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On Saturday 9/20, the East and Countryside Libraries will be closed. Please join us for See It, Learn It, Do It at the Main Library, which is open normal hours from 12-5 pm.

Local and US History

What's What Clearwater Archive

Clearwater Sun Times Collection

The Clearwater Public Library System hosts the archive of the Clearwater Sun newspaper, available on microfilm for use at the Clearwater Main Library. Please contact us using this form to request research assistance. Some Clearwater Sun photographs are available online on Pinellas Memory.

City Directories at the Clearwater Main Library

We maintain a popular collection of old city directories, useful for researching people and businesses over time.

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

Search the St Pete Times Archive

>>>Search for articles from 1987-present.

>>>Search for articles from 1870-2000.

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 historical material in our catalog

CPLS Research & Learn

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 Archives

The Clearwater Public Library System hosts the archive of the Clearwater Sun newspaper, available on microfilm for use at the Clearwater Main Library and online at Pinellas Memory. Please contact us with questions or for research assistance and obituary requests.

Library Databases

Research Databases