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About Our Collection:

The core of the Winter Park History and Archives Collection was established through the generosity of local historian and businesswoman Eve Bacon. In 1976, Mrs. Bacon donated her numerous files of Winter Park information to the Library and set into motion the active acquisition and preservation of materials pertaining to city of Winter Park and its residents.

The collection has grown tremendously over the years, necessitating a move to a separate area in the library in 1986. Then, in 1992, the library received a significant bequest from the estate of Dr. Rhea Marsh Smith, to be used to support the Winter Park History and Archives Collection.

The collection continues to grow through our own acquisition efforts and the generous donations of thoughtful members of the community.

Included in the collection are:

  • Maps

  • Photos

  • Newspaper clippings 

  • Periodicals

  • Scrapbooks

  • City government records

  • Books

  • Pamphlets

  • Correspondence

The library gratefully accepts donations of materials relating to the history of Winter Park.

Special Collections On Loan:

DAR Scrapbooks
The Winter Park History and Archives Collection acts as a depository for the DAR Scrapbooks documenting the activities of the William P. Duval Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The scrapbooks date from the 1970's to the mid-1990's and is not a complete collection.

The Albin Polasek Museum Archives
The Albin Polasek Museum Archives is also housed in the Winter Park History and Archives Collection. Access to the Polasek Museum Archives is limited to those individuals who have made arrangements with the Polasek Museum manager, who can be reached at (407) 647-6294. The Archives include photographs, books, letters, news clippings, and pamphlets associated with the life and work of sculptor Albin Polasek (1879 - 1965).

Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival Scrapbooks
The Winter Park History and Archives Collection also acts as a depository for scrapbooks compiled by the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival. These scrapbooks document this event which began in 1961 and occurs annually in March. They are available for public use but it is necessary to make prior arrangements with the Winter Park History and Archives Collection archivist.

Copyright Information:

As a contribution to education and personal scholarship, the Winter Park Public Library maintains a Winter Park History and Archives Collection. Some materials in these collections may be protected by the U. S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U. S. C.). Additionally, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of the library's gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing, and trademarks.

Transmission or reproduction of protected items beyond that allowed by Fair Use copyright law requires the written permission of the copyright owners.

Copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine due to the nature of historical archival collections. Whenever possible, the library provides information about copyright owners and other restrictions concerning its collections.

However, it is the user/patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other use restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the Library's collections. Also, the responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of an item and securing any necessary permissions rests with user/patrons desiring to use the item.

Use Statement:

The Winter Park Public Library welcomes and encourages the use of its Winter Park History and Archives Collection. All materials are available to interested persons on equal terms of access. The Winter Park Public Library (WPPL) does not grant privileged or exclusive use of materials to any person or persons. The only restrictions on the use of the Collection are those items that have been restricted by the donor; are in delicate condition; are not yet processed; are being used by WPPL; or are going through a preservation process.

Most materials are available for reproduction and use by the public. The user assumes all responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright when copying materials. WPPL reserves the right to refuse to copy or permit the copying of materials which may be damaged by reproduction processes.

Credit for any materials used must be given to the Winter Park Public Library. If any photographic or other types of graphic material are used for publication, a copy of such a publication should be donated to WPPL.

Rachel Simmons, MLIS
Phone: (407) 623-3300 ext. 106

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