Florida Books, Historical and Genealogical Resources
The Apalachicola Municipal Library has a substantial collection of resources covering Florida topics and specifically texts which relate to Apalachicola. Thanks to Mrs. Margaret Key and many other prominent figures in the community, the library’s collection sheds light on our history.
Apalachicola Before 1861, the 1966 dissertation by Henry P. Owens, was recently published in paperback. This is an invaluable text in our reserve reference section, along with titles like Fair to Middlin’: The Antebellum Cotton Trade of the Apalachicola/Chattahoochee River Valley (1993) by Lynn Willoughby. In this reserve collection are also one-of-a-kind Census books dating back to the 1800’s, burial records and city ordinances. We keep a third edition copy of Flora of the Southern United States by Dr A. W. Chapman (1897) the famous publication by one of Apalachicola’s most notable residents.
The Florida Collection includes field guides such as The Ferns of Florida, Shrubs and Woody Vines of Florida, Trees of Florida, and A Roadside Geology of Florida.
You’ll find historical works such as Florida’s Seminole Wars 1817-1858 by Joe Knetsch (the Making of America Series) and History of the Second Seminole War 1835-1842 (Revised Edition) by John K Mahon.
In the general collection, but reserved for in library use, are things like the six volume set of Biographical Rosters of Florida’s Confederate and Union Soldiers 1861-1865 compiled by Hartman and Coles.
We have a large collection of photographs from the former Mayor of Apalachicola, Jimmie Nichols, and contributions of photographs from many other sources.
We also house a collection of issues of the Apalachicola Times from 1900 to 1960 on microfilm.
Even within our physical constraints of only 1500 square feet, we are trying to maximize our historic collections. We have vertical files which include a number of topics in a file cabinet, with new additions from the State Library.
The Apalachicola Municipal Library is always seeking genealogical materials from any source which relate to the wonderful historic town in which we live. We continue to add to our searchable index of local family names which appear in the library’s resources. This is an invaluable tool to genealogists because they can see at a glance which volumes in the library contain the person or family they are researching, without searching them individually.
We are proud of our involvement in the publication of Images of America: Apalachicola by Beverly Mount-Douds, published by Arcadia Publishing. She was very kind to list us as one of her major contributors. She took advantage of many photos and other materials contained in the library’s historical collections.