Local History & Archives

2010 recipient of a Preservation Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities Division of Preservation and Access Preservation Assistance Grant Program.


The archive, located on the 2nd floor of the library, is available by appointment. Please fill out the attached form so that we can better serve you. For more information, please call 561.742.6397. 


The Boynton Beach City Library Local History & Archives is accepting donations of menus, maps, photographs, postcards, scrapbooks, yearbooks, and other ephemera items depicting life in Boynton Beach and surrounding area for placement in its permanent collection.  

Contact @ 561-742-6397 for an appointment or additional information.

The historical archive at the Boynton Beach City Library acquires, preserves, indexes, and makes available items and information documenting and reflecting the history of Boynton Beach, western Boynton Beach, Ocean Ridge, Manalapan, Hypoluxo, Gulf Stream, Briny Breezes and surrounding close county pockets in Palm Beach County.




City Directories: 

Boynton Beach city directories from 1958 -1975. Click Here (accessible in library only)

City Newspapers: 

Boynton Beach News from 1948 -1963. Click Here Boynton Beach Star 1962-1964. Click Here (accessible in library only)

Photo Collections:

Approximately 5000 images from ca. 1900 to the present depict a variety of subjects significant to the history of Boynton Beach and surrounding towns of Ocean Ridge, Briny Breezes, Hypoluxo, and Gulf Stream. Subjects include agriculture, city government, fire department, historic homes, library, pioneers, fishing, recreation and schools.

Subject Files:

Contain clippings, brochures, pamphlets and other materials relating to various subjects significant to the area history. Highlights include muralist Bernard Thomas, Boynton Beach Chamber of Commerce, Motorola, and fishing tournaments.

Finding Aids are available:

Friends of the Library Finding Aid

Boynton Beach Library Quilters Collection Finding Aid

Manuscript Collections:

A number of important documents which chronicle our rich history reside in the archive. Boynton area pioneers Frieda Voss Oyer, Hazel Daugherty Houston, James Nichols, Paul Mercer and others have submitted papers to the archives. Original deeds and abstracts of the Town of Boynton and city records from 1920 to 1930 record a time of real estate boom and bust.

Architectural Drawings:

A small but developing number of architectural drawings document some of the most historic structures in the City of Boynton Beach.


Over 60 maps and a collection of aerial photographs and plat maps provide spatial data of our area’s history.

Heritage Trails:  featuring two fully interactive maps


A large collection of local newspapers from 1948 to present day: Boynton Beach Star, Boynton Beach News Journal, Boynton Beach News, Boynton Times, Boynton Forum and the Coastal Star.

Florida Collection:

Over 1600 non-fiction books are in our Florida collection.


About 20 yearbooks from Boynton area schools including Boynton Beach High School, Boynton Beach Jr. High, and St. Mark’s School.

Civic Clubs:

Papers, clippings, scrapbooks and some objects from Boynton Beach  civic clubs including Kiwanis, Jaycees, Woman’s Club, Art Club, Library Quilters, Garden Club, and Rotary.

Oral Histories:

A growing collection of oral histories of Boynton residents from local pioneers such as farmers, school teachers, realtors, fishermen, and others reflect everyday life in the area and give a first-hand account of our history.

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