Our Research Center is open to members, as well as the public. A large selection of historical books can be purchased in our Book Shop.
Our Map Room contains an extensive collection of rare old maps of Fort Myers and the surrounding areas.
Our volunteer staff is always eager to help point visitors to the location of the information of interest to them.
SWFLHS has scanned and cataloged thousands of pictures of Southwest Florida history and indexed them with thumbnail pictures for quick reference. Copies can be made for a nominal fee with credit given to the SWFLHS as the source. The digital images can be downloaded onto data media (i.e. DVD, CD, Thumb Drives, etc.) for a nominal fee. Our Index of photo thumbnails covers 53 categories such as People, Communities, Schools, Bridges, Buildings, Farms, etc. The Image Carousel on the HOME page is an example of the many photos we have in our collection and we continue to add more weekly.
Historical newspapers (from the very first newpaper to more recent issues) and government records and some area pioneering family files are available to the public for research.
The Map Room has an inventory of early Florida and Southwest Florida maps including U.S., State Plat maps and local Subdivision Plat maps as well as D.O.T. maps.
Old High School Year Books
Information on Local Area Schools
Old City Directories
Old Telephone Books