Collections

Our major and core collection is the Vernon and Edna Jane Peeples Collection. It includes

A library of over 2500 books, directories, journals on the local history of Punta Gorda, Southwest Florida and Florida in general (many unique and rare)

Over 20,000 Florida postcards some from the late 1800s through current times.

Town suvey map done by Gov. Albert W. Gilchrist on linen in 1890s

200 plus antiquarian maps of Florida dating from 1683 including first known government chart mentioning Punta Gorda as an entity (1853) as well as 500 plus aerial maps and charts

Over 1000 Vertical subject files used for research by Mr. Peeples mostly on topics directly related to Punta Gorda, Charlotte County and Southwest Florida

Approximately 200 manuscripts, radio scripts given by Mr. Peeples

Business Documents, and court records from Punta Gorda Businesses in early part of the 20th century

Many early Deeds (as old as 1883) and Abstract of Title Records of properties in key sections of historic residential and business district of Punta Gorda

Over 1500 photographs including 125 photographs of locals businesses from the beginnings of Punta Gorda through mid-1900s; 200 plus photographs from early families including the Jordans (newspaper editor), the Laniers (first settlers), the Wititzkys, MacAdows, and Governor Gilchrist.  Other photos included churches, schools, the hospital, homes, hotels, construction, streets, the municipal trailer park, hurricane damage (1921), early railroad, wildlife, scenes of leisure activity and area wildlife and landscape.

Papers/Records of Albert W. Gilchrist with business records.

Papers/Records  of  A.P. Jordan and Punta Gorda Herald

An extensive antique bottle collection

Vernon Peeples election and legislative files

Vernon Peeples geneology record (extensive research into early Florida roots - Mr. Peeples was a 5th generation Floridan)

Vasco Peeples Business and Legislative Records

Lois Peeples Business and Community Activity Records

Copies of key Florida Newspapers from 1821 through early 1900

Copies of  Florida Legislative Council Records from 18

Other Collections Include:

Jan Brown's Punta Gorda Postcard Collection.  A scrapbook collection of over 200 postcards from Punta Gorda collected across the country from antique shop and shows over 30 years.

Lee Campbell's Random Act of Kindness Collection  Reports of kindness acts collected in a program run from Edison State College in the 1900s, many of which were completed by Charlotte County residents, and materials and scrapbooks with news articles  related to the program.