Category: Special Collections

USF Curiosities: A Pablo Picasso sculpture 10 stories tall?

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In 1971, a small-scale model of a Pablo Picasso sculpture, “Bust of a Woman,” was donated to the University of South Florida. Fifty years later, it has received new attention from researchers after it was spotted on a shelf in the Tampa Library. … Continue Reading

Oktoberfest in the Archives

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Oktoberfest is just around the corner! What started as a horse race celebrating the marriage of King Louis I, the king of Bavaria, in 1810 grew into a food and beer celebration in 1818. It is now a world-famous two-week celebration of German beer, … Continue Reading

Celebrating National Estuaries Week with FLENH

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In honor of National Estuaries Week, Digital Dialogs is celebrating with a collection of digital resources related to the environmental history, conservation, and study of Florida environments and ecosystems. Estuaries are “semi-enclosed areas, such as bays and lagoons, … Continue Reading

Small Island, Global Impact: The Growth of Irish Studies at USF

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Ireland is a country that is deceptively small on the map in relation to its substantial global impact. Since 2013, Dr. Jennifer Knight, Instructor in the Department of History, and Dr. Matthew Knight, Associate Librarian and Affiliate Faculty in Department of History have been committed to developing the Irish Studies program at the university. … Continue Reading

USF Curiosities: The Golden Brahman?

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Five years after the University of South Florida was founded and long before there was a football team, USF had no mascot. It wasn’t until the University Center sponsored a contest to name the school mascot that we officially adopted a mascot…and our first wasn’t Rocky D. Bull, … Continue Reading

New Digital Exhibits Highlight the USF Forest Preserve & Piney Point

USF Libraries are also collecting crisis-point data and research on the local environmental concerns
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Two environmental controversies provide USF Libraries with new opportunities for collecting and collaboration. In April of this year, incidents involving the USF Forest Preserve and Piney Point prompted new projects to support the Libraries’ Florida Environment and Natural History (FLENH) initiative launched …Continue Reading

ICYMI: City Within a City, a screening and discussion

Tampa Special Collections & TBHC Celebrate City of Tampa's Archives Awareness Week
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For City of Tampa’s Archives Awareness Week 2021, the USF Libraries Tampa Special Collections and the Tampa Bay History Center (TBHC) screened City Within a City, the 1955 promotional film about Ybor City — created by Paul Rubenstein, Cesar Gonzmart, and the …Continue Reading

City Within a City: Screening and Discussion

Tampa Special Collections & TBHC Celebrate City of Tampa's Archives Awareness Week
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City Within a City: Screening and Discussion
Thursday, July 15th
6:00 p.m.
USF Libraries Tampa Special Collections & Tampa Bay History Center are celebrating City of Tampa’s Archives Awareness Week! Join us Thursday, July 15th from 6 – 7 p.m. for a special live virtual screening of the 1955 promotional film about Ybor City, …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

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