Please note: All libraries will be closed Tuesday, September 26th, in anticipation of severe weather. For the latest information on Hurricane Ian, visit

Florida History Department

The Florida Keys History Center is dedicated to the stewardship, knowledge, and understanding of the historic, cultural, and ecological diversity of the Florida Keys. Archival materials include newspapers, maps, images, and genealogy resources.

Located in the Key West Library

(305) 809-5261

Hours of Operation

Monday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wednesday: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

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Florida History News

  • How to salvage documents, photographs and books after the water is gone

    As the floodwaters from Hurricane Ian finally recede in the Keys, you may be dealing with (among other things) documents, photographs and books that are important to you that got wet. Here is some advice from experts about how to salvage them, suggested by staff from the Library’s Florida Keys History Center.

  • Today in Keys History – Sept. 28, 2022

    1940 – The Navy announced that a contract had been negotiated to construct a freshwater pipeline from the mainland to Key West.

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