The George Keyes Collection

Over a period of several years, Sebastian resident George Keyes gathered a huge archive of texts, news articles, and personal accounts describing events from prehistory to the 1990s. He photocopied them and bound them in three-ring notebooks, which he donated to the Library. They form the core of the Library's print resources on the history of this area.

Library Volunteer Judy Zuel and Staff member Daniel Clark have digitized the archive. We've typed the documents as computer files, arranged them chronologically, "marked up" the files as web pages, and put them here on the website.

In most cases, we've placed the entries in the decade of the earliest events they describe. Many of the entries go on to describe events of later decades as well.

Prehistory to 1820
The 1820s
The 1830s
The 1840s
The 1850s
The 1860s
The 1870s
The 1880s
The 1890s
The 1900s
The 1910s
The 1920s
The 1930s
The 1940s
The 1950s
The 1960s
The 1970s
The 1980s
The 1990s