Annual Vote for Public Domain Digitization: Tell us what to digitize for our 2023 celebration of the public domain

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Every year in January, a new group of material will have their copyrights expire and become part of the public domain, where creative work is free to use by anyone for any purpose. You can find more information about the public domain on the Libraries’ Copyright guide.

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Digitized in 2022: Barnum, Phineas Taylor and Taylor, Florence White, “Animal stories by P.T. Barnum: an account of the author’s famous expedition in search of wild animals for the circus, presenting natural history from a new standpoint” (1926).

As part of the public domain, these items can be made available online through library digitization. To celebrate this, the USF Libraries have been selecting titles from our physical collections to digitize each year:

We have poured over the list of items in our collection that will have their copyright expire in 2023, finding the rarest titles we have that fit into our Digital Collections.  We need your help to decide which 23 items we should digitize.

Please vote for your favorites below!

What titles do you want digitized for Public Domain 2023?
  • African American Sheet Music - Nobody knows the trouble I've seen: Negro spiritual: theme with variations 5%, 16 votes
    16 votes 5%
    16 votes - 5% of all votes
  • Florida Studies - Hav-a-Tampa Cigar Company, factory no. 174, Tampa, Florida. 5%, 16 votes
    16 votes 5%
    16 votes - 5% of all votes
  • Florida Studies - A study of Negro life in Tampa: made at the request of The Tampa Welfare League, The Tampa Urban League and the Tampa Young Men's Christian Association. 5%, 16 votes
    16 votes 5%
    16 votes - 5% of all votes
  • African American Sheet Music - You're calling me, Georgia by Blake, Eubie, 1887-1983. 5%, 14 votes
    14 votes 5%
    14 votes - 5% of all votes
  • Maps - Property of East Tampa Bay Co., South Tampa Estates, and W.B. Gray by East Tampa Bay Co. 4%, 12 votes
    12 votes 4%
    12 votes - 4% of all votes
  • Florida Studies - Lessons from Florida winds: land speculation worse than hurricanes: profits without service may be stealing by Barron, Clarence Walker, 1855-1928. 3%, 10 votes
    10 votes 3%
    10 votes - 3% of all votes
  • Florida Studies - Citrus County, Florida far enough south to insure semi-tropical vegetation, far enough north to insure a temperate climate. 3%, 10 votes
    10 votes 3%
    10 votes - 3% of all votes
  • Environmental and Natural History - Fishes from the sea-bottom: from the "Michael Sars" North Atlantic Deep-Sea Expedition 1910 by Koefoed, Einar. 3%, 10 votes
    10 votes 3%
    10 votes - 3% of all votes
  • Environmental and Natural History - The flower behavior of avocados by Stout, Arthur Burdette, 1876- 3%, 10 votes
    10 votes 3%
    10 votes - 3% of all votes
  • Florida Studies - Industrial Tampa, Florida's greatest city: key city to America's new trade territory. 3%, 10 votes
    10 votes 3%
    10 votes - 3% of all votes
  • Environmental and Natural History - Descriptions of new genera and species of plants collected on the Mulford biological exploration of the Amazon Valley, 1921-1922 by Rusby, Henry Hurd, 1855- 3%, 9 votes
    9 votes 3%
    9 votes - 3% of all votes
  • Florida Studies - Rural home life in Florida by Florida Department of Agriculture. Bulletin [new ser.] no. 193 3%, 9 votes
    9 votes 3%
    9 votes - 3% of all votes
  • Sheet Music - Florida's the place for me by Hanes, Jack 3%, 9 votes
    9 votes 3%
    9 votes - 3% of all votes
  • Florida Studies - Miami by the sea: the land of palms and sunshine. 3%, 9 votes
    9 votes 3%
    9 votes - 3% of all votes
  • Children's Literature - The turtle whose snap unfastened. by Campbell, Ruth. 3%, 8 votes
    8 votes 3%
    8 votes - 3% of all votes
  • Florida Studies - Tampa, Florida's greatest city: official souvenir program United Confederate Veterans Reunion, April 5, 6, 7, 8, 1927. 3%, 8 votes
    8 votes 3%
    8 votes - 3% of all votes
  • Sheet Music - Swanee shore: song by Bourne, Charles, composer. 2%, 7 votes
    7 votes 2%
    7 votes - 2% of all votes
  • Florida Studies - Address of Herman A. Dann on the Everglades drainage question in joint debate with Hon. John W. Martin, governor of the state of Florida by Dann, Herman A. 2%, 7 votes
    7 votes 2%
    7 votes - 2% of all votes
  • Florida Studies - From coquina beach to coral strand: a sketch of the progress of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. in Florida from 1824 to 1927 by Pierce, Albert W. 1872-1964 (Albert Winthrop) 2%, 7 votes
    7 votes 2%
    7 votes - 2% of all votes
  • Florida Studies - Individualized outdoor industrialism. 2%, 6 votes
    6 votes 2%
    6 votes - 2% of all votes
  • Children's Literature - The stories Polly Pepper told to the five little Peppers in the little brown house by Sidney, Margaret, 1844-1924. 2%, 6 votes
    6 votes 2%
    6 votes - 2% of all votes
  • Environmental and Natural History - Geology of the oil shales of the eastern United States by Jillson, Willard Rouse, 1890-1975. 2%, 6 votes
    6 votes 2%
    6 votes - 2% of all votes
  • Children's Literature - The pool of stars by Meigs, Cornelia, 1884-1973. 2%, 6 votes
    6 votes 2%
    6 votes - 2% of all votes
  • Sheet Music - When it's sunset in Miami by Lewis, Clarke. 2%, 6 votes
    6 votes 2%
    6 votes - 2% of all votes
  • Children's Literature - Mother Nature's cheerful children by Cory, David, 1872-1966. 2%, 6 votes
    6 votes 2%
    6 votes - 2% of all votes
  • Environmental and Natural History - Quantitative studies on marine diatoms and dinoflagellates at four inshore stations on the coast of California in 1923 by Dorman, Henry Pickett, 1898- 2%, 5 votes
    5 votes 2%
    5 votes - 2% of all votes
  • Florida Studies - The opening of the Miami extension, east Coast of Florida, and the Fort Ogden-Fort Myers-Naples extension, west coast: Seaboard Air Line Railway System "all Florida route." 2%, 5 votes
    5 votes 2%
    5 votes - 2% of all votes
  • Children's Literature - The night before Christmas by Moore, Clement Clarke, 1779-1863 2%, 5 votes
    5 votes 2%
    5 votes - 2% of all votes
  • Children's Literature - Animal picture book. 2%, 5 votes
    5 votes 2%
    5 votes - 2% of all votes
  • Florida Studies - Kyso road map of Florida by Standard Oil Company of Kentucky. 2%, 5 votes
    5 votes 2%
    5 votes - 2% of all votes
  • Children's Literature - Sea creatures by Gaylord, Ilsien Nathalie. 2%, 5 votes
    5 votes 2%
    5 votes - 2% of all votes
  • Sheet Music - If you pass through my garden by Kountz, Richard, 1896-1950. 1%, 4 votes
    4 votes 1%
    4 votes - 1% of all votes
  • Holocaust & Genocide - La dittatura fascista in Italia by Salvemini, Gaetano, 1873-1957. 1%, 4 votes
    4 votes 1%
    4 votes - 1% of all votes
  • Florida Studies - Addresses of welcome and responses at twenty-one cities and points on the east and west coasts of Florida in opening the two Seaboard air line railway Florida extensions, January 7 & 8, 1927: Trip extended from January 5th to 12th by Seaboard Air Line Railway. 1%, 4 votes
    4 votes 1%
    4 votes - 1% of all votes
  • Children's Literature - The keepers of the trail: a story of the great woods by Altsheler, Joseph A. 1862-1919. 1%, 4 votes
    4 votes 1%
    4 votes - 1% of all votes
  • Children's Literature - The terror of the seas by Westerman, Percy F. 1876-1959. 1%, 3 votes
    3 votes 1%
    3 votes - 1% of all votes
  • Florida Studies - Souvenir of the silver jubilees of the Abbey and the Abbot of Saint Leo, Florida: Thanksgiving Day, November twenty fourth, nineteen hundred twenty seven. 1%, 3 votes
    3 votes 1%
    3 votes - 1% of all votes
  • Florida Studies - Opportunities, responsibilities: the work of the Presbyterian Church U.S. in Florida by Love, Herbert A., ed. 1%, 3 votes
    3 votes 1%
    3 votes - 1% of all votes
  • Florida Studies - Interpretations of the paintings of George Inness, Junior: 'Promise, Realization, Fulfillment', 'The Triptych', 'The Only Hope', 'The Lord is in His Holy Temple’ by Richards, Louis J. Mrs. 1%, 2 votes
    2 votes 1%
    2 votes - 1% of all votes
  • Children's Literature - The animal alphabet by Cady, Harrison, 1877- 1%, 2 votes
    2 votes 1%
    2 votes - 1% of all votes
  • Children's Literature - Jim Spurling, trawler, or Fishing with Cap'n John by Tolman, Albert Walter, 1866- 1%, 2 votes
    2 votes 1%
    2 votes - 1% of all votes
  • Children's Literature - Honey Bunch, her first trip on the ocean by Thorndyke, Helen Louise. 1%, 2 votes
    2 votes 1%
    2 votes - 1% of all votes
  • Sheet Music - In a Chinese laundry by Mulfinger, George. 1%, 2 votes
    2 votes 1%
    2 votes - 1% of all votes
  • Children's Literature - Apache gold: a story of the strange Southwest by Altsheler, Joseph A. 1862-1919. 0%, 1 vote
    1 vote
    1 vote - 0% of all votes
  • Children's Literature - The two little Fellows start school by Lawrence, Josephine, 1897? -1978. 0%, 1 vote
    1 vote
    1 vote - 0% of all votes
  • Children's Literature - Dave Fearless on the lost brig, or: Abandoned in the big hurricane by Rockwood, Roy. 0%, 1 vote
    1 vote
    1 vote - 0% of all votes
  • Children's Literature - Three-base Benson by Barbour, Ralph Henry, 1870-1944. 0%, 1 vote
    1 vote
    1 vote - 0% of all votes
  • Children's Literature - The adventures of a Trafalgar lad: a tale of the sea by Lesterman, John. 0%, 1 vote
    1 vote
    1 vote - 0% of all votes
  • Children's Literature - For life and liberty: a story of battle by land and sea by Stables, Gordon, 1840-1910. 0%, 1 vote
    1 vote
    1 vote - 0% of all votes
  • Children's Literature - The spy of Yorktown: a story of Arnold and Washington in the last year of the war of independence by Stoddard, William O., 1835-1925. 0%, 1 vote
    1 vote
    1 vote - 0% of all votes
  • Children's Literature - The story of the Johns by Humphrey, Grace, 1882- 0%, 1 vote
    1 vote
    1 vote - 0% of all votes
  • Children's Literature - Hitting the line by Barbour, Ralph Henry, 1870-1944. 0%, 0 votes
    0 votes
    0 votes - 0% of all votes
Total Votes: 306
Voters: 23
April 12, 2022 - May 16, 2022
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