The St. Augustine Historical Society began as a study group in 1881 and was formally organized in 1883 making it the oldest continuously operating historical society in Florida. Today the society owns several historic buildings including the Gonzalez-Alvarez House – known to visitors as the Oldest House – and the Seguí-Kirby Smith House which houses the society’s research library.
The society maintains an impressive collection of manuscripts and pictorial material as well as printed, microfilmed and digital items. A searchable online catalog is available at no cost. The library is open Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. It is located on Aviles Street one block south of the city plaza. Library staff will perform research at a charge of $25.00 per hour. Copies begin at 50¢ per page and $1.00 per page for microfilm copies. A complete list of fees is available at the site.
In addition, a number of publications related to St. Augustine’s history can be purchased through the society’s online store.