A picture can tell a thousand words and thousands of pictures can tell a community’s story. Images in the VMA’s collection date from early settler days (including photos by Thomas Wrede, who took some of the earliest photos of the area in the early 1900s) to photos of the recent beach renourishment project in 2015.

The largest VMA photographic collections include the Woody Thayer Collection (1940s-1970s); Venice Gondolier Collection (1965-1988); and Sunshine Press Collection (1958-1979). Highlights from the VMA’s photographic collections are often featured in the museum’s current exhibits and are shared weekly on the museum’s Facebook page.

Examples of the types of formats in the museum’s collection include:

  • Printed photographs, contact sheets, large format aerials, digital formats on compact disc
  • Negatives (35mm, glass, acetate)
  • Tintypes
  • 35mm slides
  • Postcards dating from circa 1926 to the present
Kentucky Military Institute soldier formation
Venice Nokomis High School band
Thomas Wrede
Venice Tarpon Club

Researching the collections

Click HERE to search the collections online.

Requesting images

Many images from the VMA’s collections are available for reproduction. Use the form below for instructions and to view the price list, available sizes, formats, and the user agreement.

Click HERE to download an image order form.