Category: Digital Collections

Celebrating Women’s History

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Women’s History Month is an annual celebration in March dedicated to the contributions and achievements women have made to our society and culture, and the vital role they’ve played throughout history in the United States. This month-long commemoration began as a week … Continue Reading

The Jackson Rooming House Remembered and Re-envisioned

The history and future of the last-remaining African American boarding house in Tampa
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The Jackson Rooming House was once a haven for black entertainers, athletes, teachers, clergymen, and visitors to Tampa, Florida. Located a block west of Tampa Union Station along Nebraska Avenue at 835 Zack Street — currently 851 East Zack St. — it … Continue Reading

Celebrating Black Heritage

Resources, collections, & events to commemorate Black history & heritage
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Black History Month, also known as African American History Month, is a celebration of the contributions, achievements, and history of the Black community. It began as a week-long commemoration called Negro History Week, and was founded in 1926 by Dr. Carter G. … Continue Reading

How the Public Domain is Important For Art

Inspiration in the Public Domain
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Pride and Prejudice, a classic novel by Jane Austen, was written in 1813. It was published under an ancestor to modern copyright law in Great Britain called the Statute of Anne, that would have granted protection for up to 28 years. Similar … Continue Reading

Newly Public Domain Items Get Digitized

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At the beginning of each new year, works and materials enter the public domain due to the expiration of copyright. In 2019, the USF Libraries digitized 19 items from our collections to celebrate them entering the public domain. In 2020, we digitized … Continue Reading

Celebrating the Life and Work of Skip Gandy

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The USF Libraries celebrate the life and work of George “Skip” Gandy IV, 1942-2020. A Florida native, Gandy’s childhood on Davis Islands shaped him into becoming an avid outdoorsman, environmental activist, and an honored donor to USF. In 2012, Gandy donated his … Continue Reading

Online, Free Access to Research

Celebrating Open Access Week 2020
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Wouldn’t it be great if you could access scholarly research online without having to go through a pay wall or subscription service? Currently, most scholarly data, research, and information are only available through journal subscriptions, pay walls, logins, or library affiliations, making … Continue Reading

Open with Purpose: Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion

Celebrating Open Access Week 2020
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For the last ten years, academic and research communities have participated in a global event, Open Access Week, “to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to … Continue Reading

Matter of Pride: LGBTQ+ History in USF Special Collections

Celebrating LGBTQ+ History Month
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This article was originally published in June 2020 in celebration of Pride Month. It has been updated with additional resources for LGBTQ+ History Month.   In the LGBTQIA+ community, June represents the ongoing strides being made to fight for equality, create awareness, … Continue Reading

Home Sweet Homecoming

A new digital exhibit that reminds us there is no place like our home away from home
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Drawing upon images and the memories of those who lived it, Home Sweet Homecoming is a tribute to our students past and present, the University we’ve built together, and a heartfelt reminder that there is no place like our home away from … Continue Reading