Welcome to the Sanford Herald Digital Archive


Nearly 100 Years of the Sanford Herald is now digitally available.

On August 22, 1908, the Sanford Herald published its first issue. Featuring articles about the cost of purchasing and developing farm land and the details of orange culture, the first issue was named the “industrial edition” as Sanford was then known as the Gate City to Florida.

Today, news of the past is no longer limited to print. A collaborative partnership between the Museum of Seminole County History, the Sanford Museum and the University of Central Florida History Department resulted in a digital archive spanning nearly 100 years of news from the Celery City.

Begin your journey into the past by searching the Sanford Herald Digital Archive.

PLEASE NOTE: Issues published from 1908 to 1962 are currently available. As the optical character recognition process continues, newspapers beyond 1962 will also be available through RICHES. The qualitity of the digital scan varies due to the quality and condition of the origanl docuement. 

Below are some helpful search tips:


Selecting Browse Items in the main navigation will take you to a list of newspaper issues.

Selecting Browse Collections in the main navigation will take you to listings of the newspaper issues by year.

The search box in the upper right hand corner can be used to locate all issues related to a specific year (e.g. "1962").

It can also be used to find a particular issue, but you must click the "..." next to the magnifying glass and select "Exact match" first.  Then you can search for "April 06, 1962" and get a single result.  NOTE: Day of the month is zero padded.

If you would like to return to these Search Tips, select, HELP GETTING STARTED.