Above: Augusta Florida Steele Matheson with daughter Catherine Douglas Matheson, ca. 1887.

​Below: The second Alachua County Courthouse in downtown Gainesville. The building was demolished in 1961.

Library & Archives

Click here to find out how you can leave your name on Gainesville history and be a part of the much-needed furnishing of the newly renovated Library & Archives, located in the former Melting Pot building.


513 E University Avenue Gainesville FL 32601 US
Hours:      11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Tuesday - Saturday  

The museum also holds special events at night and on the weekends. Please see our events page for updated information. The Matheson History Museum is free and open to the public (donations are encouraged).

Phone:     (352) 378-2280

Highlights of the Matheson History Museum's collections include over 20,000 historic Florida postcards from every county in the state; 1,500 Florida stereoview cards; a large collection of illustrations of Florida from Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper and Harper’s Weekly newspaper; the Bone Photograph Collection, featuring photographs taken by local professional photographer Elmer Bone from the 1920s to the 1950s; records of local civic and social groups; and a large Alachua County History Subject File. A selection of the museum's postcards can be viewed online on the University of Florida Digital Collections website, http://ufdc.ufl.edu/mhcc

The Matheson History Museum’s library books are catalogued in the collection of the Alachua County Library District and are searchable on their website, www.acld.lib.fl.us.

The Matheson History Museum also houses a large collection of stereoscopic views from the late 19th and early 20th centuries depicting locations around Florida. The cards capture a time in American history when Florida experienced tremendous growth in industry, development, tourism and agriculture. Many of the cards were designed to entice visitors and record the natural beauty and wonder of this unique geographic area. To schedule an appointment to view these rare stereograph cards, please contact the museum at executivedirector@mathesonmuseum.org.


Museum Leadership

Executive Director: Dr. Peggy Macdonald

Coordinator of Operations and Visitor Services:

Stefanie Hamblen

Board President: Dr. Anita Spring

Board Vice President: Larry Reynolds

Board Treasurer: Larry Lokken

Board Secretary: Greg Young


​​Job Posting

The Matheson is hiring a part-time Director of Development and Grants. This position will oversee all fundraising efforts. For the complete job description please click on the button below.

The Matheson History Museum's mission is to preserve and interpret the history of Gainesville and Alachua County, Florida, and surrounding regions.