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Florida News: Microfilm 1783-1976

Florida Newspapers Miscellaneous

Microfilm is available in the UCF Library on the 3rd floor for several Florida newspapers from the 1800s and early 1900s. The newspapers are grouped together on reels labeled "Florida newspapers miscellaneous", of which the UCF Library has reels 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 15, 16, 18, 21, and 22.

NOTE: For most of the newpapers, only a few issues are available and in many cases only a single daily issue. Some individual titles have issues spread out over several reels

The Florida Digital Newspaper Library provides online access to some of the newspapers.

Note that the number of counties and the county boundaries were significantly different prior to 1925, so the geographic areas covered by these newspapers may not be limited to what is considered their local area today. For example, in 1830 Alachua County stretched from the Georgia border to Ft. Myers, and Mosquito (Orange) County stretched from Ocala to West Palm Beach. Also, coverage of Florida news prior to 1900 might appear in newspapers from other states which had major ports or railroad lines connecting to Florida (e.g., Atlanta, Charleston, New Orleans, and Savannah).

Explanation of Links in the Reel Lists

Some of the microfilmed content is also available online in the Florida Digital Newspaper Library. There are separate catalog records for the microfilm and the online versions.

If there is online content available for a specific newspaper, the title is linked to the UCF Libraries' catalog record which includes a link to some online content. Even if some issues of the title have been made available online, there may be some issues not yet digitized and only available on microfilm (for now).

The dates following the titles are linked to the UCF Libraries' catalog records for the microfilm and provide more details about the specific dates available on the microfilm. Some newspapers do not yet have individual catalog records for the microfilm.

The newspapers are listed in the order they appear on the microfilm reel.

Reel 6

Reel 7

Reel 8

Reel 9

Reel 13

  • Pensacola Gazette - 1850
  • Florida Democrat (Pensacola) - 1851, 1856
  • Pensacola Weekly Observer - 1861
  • Pensacolian - 1883
  • Pensacola Commercial - 1883
  • Advance-Gazette (Pensacola) - 1883, 1884
  • Sumter County Advance (Leesburg) - 1878
  • Leesburg Commercial - 1892
  • South Florida Times (Orange City) - 1883
  • Lake City Reporter - 1885
  • Daily Florida Herald (Jacksonville) - 1885
  • Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville) - 1886, 1887
  • Daily Florida Citizen (Jacksonville) - 1894
  • Metropolis (Jacksonville) - 1902
  • Florida Highland Press (Sorrento, Orange County) - 1886, 1887
  • Palatka Evening Herald - 1889
  • Palatka Daily Advertiser - 1894
  • St. Augustine Evening News - 1889, 1892, 1893
  • St. Augustine News - 1899
  • St. Augustine Meteor - 1913
  • Levy Times-Democrat (Bronson) - 1894
  • South Florida Home (St. Petersburg) - 1895, 1896
  • Weekly Floridian (Tallahassee) - 1897
  • Florida Record (Tallahassee) - 1916
  • High Springs News - 1900
  • East Coast Advocate (Titusville) - 1902
  • Melbourne Times - 1902, 1921
  • Deland Weekly News - 1904
  • Deland News - 1909, 1919
  • Inlet Advocate (New Smyrna) - 1909
  • New Smyrna Daily News - 1933
  • Eustis Lake Region - 1919
  • Belle Glade News (Canal Point, Palm Beach County) - 1929
  • Everglades News (Canal Point, Palm Beach County) - 1928
  • Volusia County Times - 1929
  • Hastings Hustler - 1932
  • Palm Beach Independent - 1926

Other Microfilm

Jacksonville (index 1899-1968), Kissimmee (1975-76), Pensacola (1823-30), St. Augustine (1783, 1823-24), Tampa (1895-1951)


Some microfilm of Florida newspapers is available in Records of the States of the United States of America : Florida [Microfilm F311.U5]

  • East Florida Gazette (St. Augustine) - various issues from 1783
  • Pensacola Gazette - various issues from 1824 and 1828
  • reel 1 of section A.1c contains some issues of the following newspapers:
    • East Florida Herald (St. Augustine), 1823-1824
    • The Floridian (Pensacola), 1823
    • Pensacola Gazette and West Florida Advertiser, 1824-1830

See also History of Osceola County - newspaper clippings of a series of articles taken from a handwritten manuscript of Osceola County's history dating back to the 1850s -- available in Special Collections F 317.O7 P9 Oversize; the series of articles were published in the Osceola Sun from August 13, 1975 through September 23, 1976.

See also the microfilm of the Tampa Tribune (1895-1951). No index is available for the Tampa Tribune, but consider using the index to the Florida Times-Union to identify approximate dates of events.

See also the Florida Times-Union index (1899-1968), which does not include the full text of the newspaper.

Reel 15

Reel 16

  • Florida News (Fernandina) - 1858
  • Wakulla Times (St. Marks) - 1858
  • Key of the Gulf (Key West) - 1858
  • Commercial Advertiser (Apalachicola) - 1858
  • Columbia Democrat (Alligator) - 1858
  • Florida Sentinel (Tallahassee) - 1858
  • Florida Weekly Republican (Jacksonville) - 1858

Reel 18

NOTE: Issues for each title are included throughout the reel in approximate chronological order.

  • Florida Union (Jacksonville) - 1868-1869
  • Tallahassee Sentinel - 1868-1869
  • Pensacola Observer / Tri-Weekly Observer - 1868
  • West Florida Commercial / Semi-Weekly Commercial (Pensacola) - 1868-1869
  • True Southerner (Tampa) - 1868
  • Jacksonville Tri-Weekly Union - 1869

Reel 21

  • Key of the Gulf (Key West) - 1856, 1877
  • Daily Equator Democrat (Key West) - 1889, 1890
  • Key West Morning Journal - 1918, 1919
  • Sunday Sentinel - 1919
  • Key West Citizen - 1915, 1919, 1928 [including 1919 hurricane and 1928 opening of Overseas Highway]
  • Mercury & Floridian (Jacksonville) - 1869
  • Eastern Herald (Palatka) - 1869
  • Florida Mirror (Fernandina) - 1887
  • Fernandina Express - 1878, 1882, 1901
  • Nassau County Star (Fernandina) - 1900
  • Fernandina Record - 1908
  • Fernandina News-Record - 1915, 1918
  • Florida-Georgia News (Fernandina) - 1938
  • Fernandina News - 1939, 1940
  • clippings about W.J. Howey's campaigns for governor
    from various newspapers (1928-1932) and his obituary (1938)
  • Tampa Life - 1932
  • The State (Tallahassee) - 1932
  • Florida State News (Tallahassee) - 1930
  • South Jacksonville Herald - 1930
  • Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville) - 1929
  • Daytona Halifax Journal - 1917

Reel 22

NOTE: Many of the issues are those listing notices of tax sales.

  • Weekly Florida Telegraph (Starke) - 1883, 1885, 1886
  • Bradford County Telegraph (Starke) - 1894, 1897, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1902, 1903, 1906
  • Fernandina Observer - 1873, 1874, 1876
  • Fernandina Express - 1880, 1881, 1882
  • Florida Mirror / Tri-Weekly Florida Mirror (Fernandina) - 1884, 1886, 1887, 1888, 1889, 1890, 1891, 1894, 1895, 1897, 1898, 1899
  • Fernandina News - 1894, 1896, 1900, 1902, 1905, 1906, 1909
  • Nassau County Star (Fernandina) - 1900, 1901, 1904, 1906
  • Fernandina Record - 1907, 1909
  • Fernandina News-Record - 1914, 1915, 1919
  • Bronson Weekly Artery - 1874
  • Levy Enterprise (Bronson) - 1883
  • Levy County Times (Bronson) - 1885, 1886, 1889
  • Levy Times-Democrat (Bronson) - 1893, 1894, 1895, 1896, 1898, 1900, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905
  • Gulf View (Cedar Key) - 1887, 1888
  • The Spring (Green Cove Springs) - 1883, 1884, 1886, 1888, 1889
  • The Green Cove Spring - 1890, 1891, 1893, 1894, 1895, 1896, 1897
  • Clay County Times (Green Cove Springs) - 1900, 1901, 1903
  • Florida Sun (Jacksonville) - 1876, 1877