Images from the Manatee County Public Library Historical Image Digital Collection portray Manatee County people, activities, and buildings from the late nineteenth century to the early 1980's. In addition to depicting schools, churches, hospitals, and means of transportation, the photographs feature many prominent local families and their important role in building and documenting Manatee County.
In 1965, members of the Manatee County Historical Society began copying photos from local long-time Manatee County families. In 1978 the Society turned their 6,250 images over to the library system, which continued to collect and copy images. In 2003, the 32,300 archival negatives then in the Eaton Florida History Room collection were sent to USF Library for digitization and addition to a digital library on their website. In January 2013, MCPLS chose ContentDM, a new user-friendly service, to host these images.
Images are free to download. If using an image in a publication or reproduction, please credit the Manatee County Public Library Historical Image Digital Collection.
This historical photograph collection has been made available to the public through the funding and generosity of the Library Foundation, Inc. (1301 Barcarrota Blvd., Bradenton, FL 34205-7522).
If you have questions pertaining to any of these images, please contact the Reference staff at 941-748-5555 ext 6309 or firstname.lastname@example.org.