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Jacksonville, Florida, Historical Newspapers Collection Finding Aid

Collection Number: M12-5
Dates: 1890-2012
Size: 6 linear ft. (8 boxes)
Repository: Special Collections, Thomas G. Carpenter Library, University of North Florida
Arrangement: Chronological
Language: English
Container List: View Container List


This collection contains primary news resources which chronicle and document the history of Northeast Florida, including commemorative and anniversary newspaper editions of The Florida Times-Union (FTU, morning newspaper, 1864 -) and the Jacksonville Journal (afternoon newspaper, 1887-1988). Also, included are selective copies of print newspapers and newsclippings documenting notable news in Jacksonville and the surrounding region. The earliest newspapers are 1890 souvenir trade editions; the vast majority of the selective papers date from the late twentieth century. In totality, the collection provides insight, commentary, and documentation on pivotal events and transformational individuals in Jacksonville history, and serves as a prime resource for informative data not readily available elsewhere.


Anniversary editions acquired via donations; selective newspapers collected by archives staff.

Access to the Collection

The collection is open for research. For additional information and to make an appointment to view the collection, contact (904) 620-1533 or e-mail

Preferred Citation

Jacksonville, Florida, Historical Newspapers Collection, Thomas G. Carpenter Library, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida.

Additional Guides

An electronic version of a collection resource is available on the World Wide Web:


The Florida Times-Union. Centennial Edition, Crowning a Century in Florida: 1864-1964.

Related Materials


Crooks, James B. Jacksonville : the consolidation story, from civil rights to the Jaguars. Gainesville : University Press of Florida, c2004.


Jacksonville: images through the 20th century from the archives of The Florida Times-Union. On cover: Celebrate 2000. Bill Foley, M. Jack Luedke, editors. Jacksonville, FL : The Florida Times-Union, c1999.



Carlucci, Joe. Collection, 1911-1986. (bulk 1968-1978)

Martin, Richard. Papers,1963-1993. (bulk 1967-1970)

Varnum, John P. Family Collection, 1841-1927. (bulk 1877-1888)

Historical / Biographical Note

The Florida Times-Union newspaper began publication in 1864 as the Florida Union, a date marking it as the oldest newspaper in Florida. In 1883, it merged with another Jacksonville newspaper, The Florida Daily Times, and it has been known ever since as the major daily newspaper serving Jacksonville and the Northeast Florida region. The FTU's Centennial Edition, Crowning a Century in Florida: 1864-1964, provides an illuminating overview of the paper's 100 year history, as well as serving as an important primary resource for researchers. Other special supplements and commemorative editions of the FTU provide extensive coverage of pivotal local events and eras, such as the Consolidation of Jacksonville-Duval County Governments in October 1968, and the Year 2000 millennium.


The Jacksonville Journal began publication in 1887 as the Metropolis, later the Florida Metropolis. In 1922, it was purchased by Joseph H. Perry and renamed the Jacksonville Journal. The Florida Publishing Co. (parent company of The Florida Times-Union) purchased the Journal in 1959, and it remained the chief Jacksonville afternoon paper until it ceased publication on October 28, 1988. One year before its demise, the Journal published an extensive 100th Anniversary edition, 1887-1987, which is particularly valuable for providing historical details in sections titled Natural and Man-Made Disasters, Expositions and Moving Pictures, Business, and the Military. 


Additional selective newspapers in the collection mark significant local subjects, events, people, and places. Topics include: Race relations, mayoral elections, deaths of area leaders, St. John's River, September 11, 2001 attacks on New York City, hurricanes and tropical storms, notable local authors, architecture and building developments, and urban issues. Of note is the continuity of certain subjects, such as race relations, downtown development, and pollution in the St. Johns River, which are recurring themes in articles over many years.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains selective print newspapers, sections and clippings of The Florida Times-Union and the Jacksonville Journal which detail and document Northeast Florida history from 1890 to date. Anniversary and commemorative editions, and selective daily newspapers describe historical developments, the achievements of notable figures, and provide valuable insights into daily life in Northeast Florida. A preponderance of articles feature commentary and analysis on Jacksonville's growth and development through the twentieth century. The earliest newspapers are souvenir trade editions dated 1890; the vast majority of the selective papers date from the late twentieth century to the current decade.

Index Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection:

  • Jacksonville (Fla.) -- Newspapers.
  • Duval County (Fla.) -- Newspapers.
  • American Newspapers -- Florida -- Jacksonville.
  • Metropolitan government -- Florida -- Jacksonville.
  • Florida Times Union.
  • Jacksonville Journal (Jacksonville, Fla.)
  • Jacksonville (Fla.) -- History.
  • Jacksonville (Fla.) -- History -- 20th century.
  • Duval County (Fla.) -- History.
  • Jacksonville (Fla.) -- Politics and government.
  • Duval County (Fla.) -- Politics and government.
  • Mayors -- Florida -- Jacksonville -- Election.
  • Great Fire, Jacksonville, Fla., 1901.
  • Jacksonville (Fla.) -- Fire, 1901.
  • Bennett, Charles E. -- 1910-2003.