Digital Collections

The USF Libraries Digital Collections ( provides access to digitized versions of materials for private study, scholarship, and research in accordance with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.).  Materials in Digital Collections can be in the public domain, digitized with permissions from the copyright owner, or digitized in accordance with exceptions to copyright law for libraries (Title 17, §108 U.S.C.).

The USF Libraries sometimes undertakes digitization and digital object hosting projects subject to contractual terms and conditions that restrict access and/or use of the resulting digital materials.  Materials within digital collections resulting from such a project will have rights statements that reflect these restrictions and instructions for obtaining access.

If reproducing material from Digital Collections we request that you cite the source as follows:  [Item], Digital Collections, Tampa Library, University of South Florida. [URL]

Whenever possible, accurate information on the rights status and ownership of the materials is provided via the rights statements in the item record.  While some materials are included in our digital collections with Creative Commons licenses, most will include a statement developed by

Narratives of Formerly Enslaved Floridians

Materials in the Narratives of Formerly Enslaved Floridians collection ( were created by the Federal Writers’ Project of the Work Projects Administration for the State of Florida. Generally, works created by U.S. Government employees are not eligible for copyright protection in the United States. However, privacy and publicity rights may apply as the interviewees whose words were transcribed were often not employees of the U.S. Government.