America’s First City was based on a survey of historic and architecturally significant sites and houses within the city limits of St. Augustine. It was conducted from 1970 to 1981 by the Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board. The results were compiled into a 33-part series inThe St. Augustine Record which ran from September 1980 to May 1981 written by Harvey and later edited into book form. It is divided into neighborhoods permitting readers easy access to information they walk through the historic streets of St. Augustine.
In addition to specific houses and sites, the book covers a number of topics including family-run businesses, women, walls, streets and monuments.