Welcome to the access point for the Clay County Historical Archives, a service of Clerk of Court and Comptroller Tara S. Green. While nearly all of our county’s modern official records are available online through the main website, historic hard copy records (1850’s – 1970’s) are stored in the Archives Center at the Old County Jail. The Archives Center is now a hub of information for genealogical enthusiasts, history students and researchers of historical material.
The mission of the Clay County Historical Archives is to effectively identify, organize and preserve records and artifacts of enduring value in various formats related to Clay County history. The Archives ensures the accessibility of these records and artifacts entrusted to it for the use of both present and future generations. The Archives is committed to promoting programs and providing resources that increase public awareness of and appreciation for Clay County, Florida. Clay County Clerk of Court and Comptroller Tara S. Green appreciates her staff’s ongoing effort to make our county’s archives one of the best in state. We hope you find some valuable nuggets in our gold mine of Florida history.
Visiting the Archives
We are located at the corner of Ferris Avenue (State Road 16) and Gratio Place in Green Cove Springs, Florida. We are part of the Clay County Historic Triangle site and our street address is 21 Gratio Place.
Visiting the Jail
This, the second oldest jail in Florida, sits in the heart of historic Green Coves Springs. Huge oak trees covered with Spanish moss surround the 1894 Old County Jail which is also the home of the Clay County Historical Archives.
Reading Room Policies
The Clay County Archives has two reading rooms available; our library and our main reading room. Read more here for specific policies regarding use. Required COVID-19 precautions (mask use and social distancing) apply at this location.