Category: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Welcome to Our New Visiting Librarians!

Brandi Jagars and Emily Norton start August 20, 2021
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The USF Libraries Research and Instruction unit are delighted to welcome two new visiting faculty members: Brandi Jagars and Emily Norton. Both Brandi and Emily are already USF Libraries’ employees who have recently completed their Master’s in Library and Information Science. As …Continue Reading

Juneteenth & the Celebration of Freedom

The commemoration of Jubilee Day in the Robert W. And Helen S. Saunders Papers
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Juneteenth is a holiday celebrating and commemorating the emancipation of the last enslaved African Americans in the United States, where on June 19, 1865, federal troops arrived in Texas to demand all enslaved peoples be free. This was two years after the …Continue Reading

The Lost African American Cemeteries of Tampa Bay & What’s Being Done to Remember Them

USF librarians are working with USF researchers and the Tampa Bay community to identify living next-of-kin for those forgotten while bringing historical injustices to light
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Can a cemetery with nearly 800 burials be made to disappear from recorded history, only to be rediscovered nearly 100 years later? Sadly, it can, and this is what happened with Zion Cemetery, the first African American cemetery in Tampa. The cemetery …Continue Reading

Special Collections Interns Highlight LGBTQIA+ Stories

Celebrate Pride Month with USF Special Collections
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The month of June celebrates Pride and the LGBTQIA+ community and the ongoing strides being made to fight for equality, create awareness, build acceptance, and celebrate accomplishments. At the Tampa Special Collections, we host more than two dozen archival collections and thousands of …Continue Reading

The Tampa Chapter of The Links, Incorporated Selects USF Libraries to House Archives

The historical records and documents from one of Tampa's oldest African American women's organizations is now at the USF Tampa Special Collections
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On a beautiful spring day last Friday, April 23rd, the USF Tampa Library acquired a particularly special collection: The Tampa Chapter of The Links, Incorporated archives. The Links, Incorporated is an international, not-for-profit corporation established in 1946, whose membership consists of more …Continue Reading

Remembering Dr. Henrietta M. Smith

May 2, 1922 - April 21, 2021
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Dr. Henrietta M. Smith, Professor Emerita in the USF School of Information, passed away April 21, 2021 at the age of 98. She was a scholar, writer, librarian, and nationally known storyteller.  Dr. Smith studied English and History at Hunter College in …Continue Reading

Special Collections Interns Tackle Issues in Women’s and Gender History

Internships are available in Fall 2021
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In the midst of a pandemic, it’s nearly impossible to share primarily physical materials with researchers. At USF Libraries – Tampa Special Collections, we quickly shifted our standard models to implement Digital Humanities tools and theories to expand our reach during the …Continue Reading

The Women’s Clubs of Tampa Bay

The rich history of women's groups in Tampa Special Collections
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“‘A Woman’s Club! Whoever heard of the like? What do women want of a club? Have you any aims or objects?’ These are the questions which have been propounded to me day after day since this object was set afoot — by …Continue Reading