Local History

Eustis has several unique historical collections.  They are available at the library.





Obituary Index
The Library has a print index to the obituaries in the issues of the Eustis newspapers the library owns on microfilm.
Newspapers on Microfilm
1933 Eustis Lake Region News
1936 Eustis Lake Region News
1938 Eustis Lake Region News
1939 Eustis Lake Region
1940-1946 Lake Region
1947-1951 Eustis Lake Region News
1953-1956 Eustis Lake Region News
1958-1969 Eustis Lake Region News
1976-1993 Eustis Lake Region NewsMount Dora Topic
1926, 1928-1932, 1934-1936, 1939-1950, 1952, 1954-1957, 1959, 1961-1973, 1975-1989, 1991-1999
Newspaper Index
The Library has an index to local people, businesses, and places in the following newspaper issues:
Daily Lake RegionJan. 21, Feb. 21, and March 24, 1925
Eustis Daily News
Dec. 12, 1913
Eustis Lake RegionOct. 23 and Dec. 11, 1884; June 4, 1885; Oct. 7, 1886 (portions reprinted in Jul. 22, 1915 issue); Nov. 3, Nov. 10, Nov. 17, Nov. 24, Dec. 1, Dec. 8, Dec. 15, Dec. 22, and Dec. 29, 1887; Jan. 5, Jan. 12, Jan. 19, Jan. 26, Feb.2, Feb. 9, Feb. 16, Feb. 23, Mar. 1, Mar. 8, Mar. 22, Mar. 29, Apr. 5, Apr. 12, Apr. 19, Apr. 26, May 3, May 10, May 17, May 24, May 31, Jun. 7, Jun. 14, Jun.21, Jun. 28, Jul. 5, Jul. 12, Jul. 19, July 26, Aug. 2, Aug. 9, Aug. 16, Aug. 23, Aug. 30, Sep. 6, Sep. 13, Sep. 20, Sep. 27, and Dec 20,1888; Apr. 18, 1889; May 22, 1890; Feb. 19, 1891; May 31, 1894; Mar. 2, 1896; Aug 4 (partial), and Nov. 3,1898; Mr. 30, Apr. 27, May, 4, and Sep. 7, 1899; Mar. 28, 1913; Feb. 20, Dec, Dec. 10, and Dec. 24, 1914; Jan. 28, Jul. 22, Sep. 16, and Dec. 2 (partial), 1915; Mar. 15, 1921; Mar. 22, 1923; May 13, 1927; Jan. 6, May 1, and Nov. 23,1928; Nov. 15 (partial), 1929; May 8, 1931; Nov. 30, 1934
Eustis Lake Region News Nov. 3, 1949; Jan. 27, 1955; Jan. 17 (partial) and Nov. 21 (partial), 1957; Sep. 4, 1958; Feb. 4 (partial), 1960
Eustis RotarygramsMar. 15, 1934
Florida New YorkerDec. 1876; Feb. 8, 1884
Lake County CitizenNov. 4 (partial), 1927
Lake RegionDec. 9, 1941
Southern IndustryMay 14, 1904
Semi-Tropical Feb. 18, Feb. 25, Jul.1, Sep. 16, and Oct. 14 (partial), 1882; Feb. 28 (partial) and Sep. 19. 1887; Jan. 15 and Nov. 12 (partial) 1887
The Library owns photocopies of these issues.State, national, and international news stories are not included in this index.
Funeral Programs of African American Citizens of Eustis, Florida
From the personal collections of private citizens, this collection consists of photocopies of the funeral programs of African American citizens of Eustis. These programs contain a variety of information, which may include portraits, genealogies and biographical sketches. Please contact the Eustis Memorial Library if you have program(s) to add to the collection.
Eustis Site Survey 
This resource consists of a site survey of houses within Eustis City limits built before 1940. The site survey was completed in March 1992. The basic file consists of a file folder for each address included in the survey which contains at a minimum a Historical Structure Form. Some files have been supplemented with additional information about the building, such as ownership, newer color photos, and newspaper articles about the building or people connected to the building. Files are organized by street address.
City Directories for Eustis
1924-25, 1926-27, 1947-48, 1955, 1958, 1960, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1968-1970, 1972-1994, 1996-2012
Databases and Repositories
Ancestry - Library Edition
In house use only. Discover your unique family history! This resource includes billions of records from around the world, including from U.S., U.K., and Canadian census and vital records, immigration and passport records, periodicals and books, photos, and more.
Florida on Florida
Florida On Florida is a catalog of digital materials related to Florida’s history, culture and environment. It includes all sorts of items including maps, photographs, postcards, books, and manuscripts. The materials in Florida on Florida come from digital collections held by libraries, archives, museums and historical societies throughout Florida.
Kids - Historical Resources
Learn about Florida's cultures, settlement, and facts about our great state. This site can provide you with knowledge to help with your Florida projects and assignments. You can learn about Florida's people from 12,000 years ago to the present, people of all cultures who have made our state their home. You can also find out Florida's state symbols like the state bird or the state song.
Florida Memory
Florida Memory is a digital outreach program providing free online access to select archival resources from collections housed in the State Library and Archives of Florida. Florida Memory digitizes materials that illuminate the state's history and culture.
US History Collection
As any historian will state, the study of history is as much about the present as the past: to that end, this collection provides well-rounded coverage of both the current thinking and events in US History, as well as scholarly work being established in the field. This compilation of journals provides robust and balanced coverage of this field, useful both to the novice historian as well as to the advanced academic researcher.


Historical Photographs on Flickr

Alice-McClelland-Memorial-BandshellThe Eustis Memorial Library Picture Archive is a collection of historical photographs of places and events in and around Eustis, Florida. The majority of the pictures were donated to the library by individuals and local organizations. We encourage the public to view the albums and comment and/or add tags to the pictures.