To see what is contained in each collection, click on the name to see a detailed list of all items in that collection.



Alabama Hotel Collection Contains letters, maps, floor plans, brochures, deeds and other documents from the Alabama Hotel.
Axton Collection

Contains Sunny Scenes, Inc. stationery reflecting the time period of the 1930’s through the 1960’s. It also contains graduation programs for Winter Park High School (1932-1934), a newspaper clipping about the early residents of Winter Park, and more.   

Eve Bacon Collection

Our "seed" collection. Started in 1976 with donations from Ms. Bacon, a local historian and businesswoman. The collection includes material on the publication Orlando: A Centennial History (manuscript, proofs, etc.); oral history tapes; photographs; two notebooks on Winter Park personalities; a handwritten notebook of news notes; two notebooks on the history of Winter Park, organized by subject; three notebooks on Florida history; a notebook on early Orange County settlers; the minutes of the Winter Park Bird Club (1933-1938); and material on Bacon’s life as well.   

Batchellor Family Collection Contains a short family history and photos of the Batchellor family and their life in Winter Park.
Margaret Boyd Collection Contains an obituary of and poetry written by Margaret Boyd.
Mary Brown Collection Diaries from 1876 - 1898, and once recipe book written by Mary Brown, homesteader in Winter Park.
Helen G. Connery Mead Gardens Glass Negatives Collection Contains a set of glass negatives and prints produced by Theodore Mead of his many orchids and personal life. 
Phillip B. Crosby Collection

Philip B. Crosby (1926-2001) was a local businessman, author, teacher, and generous contributor to our local community. Known as the "Father of the Quality Revolution", his philosophies and concepts helped change the way business is conducted worldwide. The collection contains writings, business records, and recordings of various speeches and instruction materials. On this site his various articles, essays, and other writings will be available for all to read.   The first article presented will be his essay The Changing of Quality in America.   The Library is also scanning essays that were written by Mr. Crosby for his 14 Step Quality Improvement Process. This is an on going project and the essays will be added as they are scanned.

Earl Cunningham Collection Collection of photographs about the paintings and life of artist Earl Cunningham, donated by Winter Park residents Michael and Marilyn Mennello, founders of the Mennello Museum of American Art.
Doll Collection Collection of small antique dolls of various 
Phil Eschbach Collection

This collection spans twenty notebooks and the years 1975-1989. Phil Eschbach worked as a photographer for Central Florida Magazine.

Fortnightly Club Collection

Founded in 1896. Their collection contains the club’s minutes and a calendar, with the most recent information dating back to 1942.

Orthen L. Gibson Collection

Came to Winter Park in 1962 to take the position of Tax Assessor and Collector, eventually expanding his resume to include other titles such as Director of Community Affairs and Assistant City Manager. His collection contains file folders on civil defense, the Winter Park Accident Board, community affairs, abandoned vehicles, in addition to a personnel file and emergency phone numbers for the city during his tenure. There are also notebooks on the Disabled and Abandoned Vehicle Project, Safety Cab Repair Service, and an assessment manual for sidewalks, paving, and other improvements.

Wilhelmina Billie Greene Collection

Contains correspondences, two binders of mock-up drawings for an unpublished book, an original watercolor, two coloring books, and twenty-four photographs of the works displayed at the Winter Park Public Library that were lent by various Winter Park persona.

Eulalie Osgood Grover Collection

Local children’s author in the earlier half of the twentieth century, as well as a professor of history at Rollins. She published The Sunbonnet Babies’ Primer in 1902, and Benjamin Franklin: The Man Who Was Poor Richard in 1951. Her collection contains material on children’s literature and folklore (books, pamphlets, essays); personal letters, photos, and sketches; original manuscripts; a typed autobiography; copies of speeches; and newspaper articles about her. Eulalie’s brother, Edwin Osgood Grover (1870-mid-1960’s), came to Rollins College in 1926. Once the “Professor of Books” (a title which a 1935 Winter Park Herald article claims was the only one of its kind in the nation), Grover went on to become the school’s vice-president. Grover had extensive experience as an editor and publisher and was the founder of Mead Gardens.

Senator Edward Gurney Collection Contains miscellaneous items from the Senatorial tenure of Edward Gurney.
John Bowen Hamilton Collection Collection of manuscripts from local writer, John Hamilton.
Senator Paula Hawkins Collection Contains correspondence from various political figures (state and national), records of her legislative activities, letters, ephemera, photographs, awards, and materials from her various senatorial campaigns.
Emily Heilprin Collection Contains manuscripts of several short stories, one novel and biographical and genealogical information.
Henkel Family Collection

Contains scanned images of various family members, biographical sketch of Bessie Galloway, and memorabilia from the 1950’s.

High School Alumni 1959 School newspapers and documents from the Winter Park High School class of 1959.
Sondra Ickes Collection Contains research and correspondence related to Sondra Ickes' work on Willhilmenia "Billie" Greene's biography.  
Eula Pearl Jenkins Collection Collection contains CDs, articles, programs, photographs, certificates, diplomas, and awards from the life of Winter Park resident Eula Pearl Jenkins. 
Jernigan Family Collection Contains military photographs and Department of the Interior documents
Kiwanis Club Collection

Contains club scrapbooks, notebooks, various club files, photographs, and a Collection of “tee shirts” from 4th of July Watermelon 5 K Run/Walk..

Carolyn Koss Collection Contains correspondence and photos.
Anita Lam Collection Contains correspondence, guest book pages from local boarding house, Florida Magazine of Verse, bronze candlesticks.
Langford Resort Hotel Collection Contains assorted hotel records, photos, and memorabilia. 
Maps Contains zoning, street, and historical maps of Winter Park, Orlando, and Central Florida.
Mayoral Collection - Kenneth Bradley Contains media documents and memorabilia from the tenure of Mayor Kenneth Bradley (2009 - 2015).
Mead Gardens Collection Contains maps and documents of interest in regards to Mead Gardens.
Monday Book Club Contains documents regarding the activities of a local book club.
Bucklin Moon Collection

Reflects the writing career of Bucklin Moon and his connection with Winter Park and Rollins College.  The most interesting parts of the collection are Moon’s Handwritten manuscripts on various topics ranging from politics to book editing, and his typewritten, unpublished memoir with handwritten revisions.  The Collection contains materials donated by Marion  Moon.  This collection is the resultant product of Dr. Maurice O’Sullivan’s study of Bucklin Moon during 2001 – 2002.  Maurice O’Sullivan is the Kenneth Curry Professor of Literature at Rollins College and was the 2002 recipient of the Rhea Marsh and Dorothy Lockhart Smith Winter Park History Research Grant.

Murrah Family Collection Supporters of the Winter Park Public Library for more than twenty years, donating items on nearly a monthly basis. Their extensive collection includes memorabilia from local functions and performances at the Methodist Church, Town Hall, Winter Park High School, the Winter Park Youth Center, the Bach Festival, Rollins College, and more.
Carolyn Norem Collection

Contains Winter Park news clippings; miscellaneous periodicals and brochures on Florida; a guest book from Weatogue, home of F.E. Spooner (1907-1925), and a ledger for a house on Lake Osceola; thirty-five Florida postcards; a chronological history of Winter Park; information pertaining to the Winter Park Garden Club; and numerous letters (1905-1950).

Oral History Collection

Growing collection of Oral Histories, which are transcripts of taped interviews of some of our noted citizens.  These interviews are conducted by volunteers.

Powers Family Collection

Material relating to Hiram Powers; his wife, Rose Mills Powers; and their daughter, Rose Van Cleve Spurr Rochelle. The papers, which date from 1885 to the 1940’s, also contain information on the Poetry Society of Winter Park.

Red Pepper Garden Club Collection

Club scrapbooks, 1951-2001 (when the club disbanded), minutes, Presidents' Reports, treasurers reports, video, and other club memorabilia.

Harold and Grace Sandford Collection Contains programs, photographs, articles, letters, leaflets, certificates, CDs and cassette tapes donated by Harold and Grace Sandford, Winter Park residents from 1951 to 2003.
Security Federal Savings and Loan Association Collection Small collection of business files and memorabilia of the Security Federal Savings and Loan Association.
Special Collections Comprised of rare, often unique materials that are housed in secure, monitored environments. They can include rare books, manuscripts and many other types of materials that libraries separate from general collections for special curatorial treatment. They are often made up of mixed formats, including prints, drawings, photographs, and graphic materials such as maps, theatrical publications, pamphlets, advertising and posters. They are distinct collections of materials relating to a particular subject, or, in our case, a geographic location . . . Winter Park. These materials are indispensable resources. They represent an important component of the library by providing great richness and variety.
Craig Wofford Collection Contains approximately 1002 pieces and deals primarily with the Winter Park Company’s business (1885-1887) with references to major building projects of that time period. Another portion of the material is related to the activities of Homer Sidney Popes, who was in the music department at Rollins in the early 1900’s.
Andy Wooten Collection

Contains sketches, photographs, newspaper clippings, U.S. Coast Guard art work, information on theatre art, and details on Winter Park’s “wooden” Christmas Card tradition. Donated by local artist and sign painter Andy Wootten.