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 Sarasota County Historical Resources


6062 Porter Way, Sarasota, FL, 34232

Historical Resources collects information and artifacts related to the history of the county from pre-historic times to the present. These collections are stored in the center's archives, where they are made available for public research.

The Historical Resources Library is a comprehensive research center that contains:
  • Non-circulating collection
  • Volumes on archaeology, architectural history archives management, and historic preservation.
  • Publications written by local authors.

The History Center Museum, located at the historic Chidsey Library Building, has permanent and rotating exhibits of the county’s history and pre-history on display in the museum. 


 Historical Resources Archives

Sarasota County Historical Resources
6062 Porter Way
Sarasota, FL 34232
Phone: 941-861-5000
Fax: 941-861-6893
Business Office Hours
Monday - Friday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Research and Library Hours 
Monday        10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Tuesday       10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday  10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Thursday      10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday - Closed for Research (or by appointment only)
Research questions: Call 941-861-5000 submit an Inquiry Form or visit the Sarasota County Library Catalog
The center is closed during Sarasota County Government observed holidays. No appointment is required to view original papers, vintage photographs, newspaper clippings, aerials,
city directories, obituaries, maps, architectural drawings, or
For information about ordering reproductions, see
Rights & Reproductions.
For non-research related questions call 941-861-5000.

 History Center Stroll

Follow the link to go to the Sarasota County History Center Stroll, a free self-guided walking tour that takes approximately two hours. 

 Florida Portraits 1977-2005 Exhibit

Florida  Portraits 1977-2005 Exhibit

An exhibition of photography by
J.B. McCourtney

at the Terrace Building,
101 S. Washington Blvd., Sarasota

Hours: Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 MacKinlay Kantor Room


The MacKinlay Kantor Room exhibit is also at the Porter Way address, contains books and objects from the library of this long time Sarasota resident and Pulitzer Prize-winning author (1904-1977). 


 History Center Museum

History Center Museum
701 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34236

Map to History Center Museum

The History Center Museum is temporarily closed to the public until further notice.

Sarasota County, Florida
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or 1-800-955-8771
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