Category: Special Collections

Listen to History: Governor LeRoy Collins and his Pivotal Speech on Race, 1960

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Listen to History: Governor LeRoy Collins and his Pivotal Speech on Race, 1960
Thursday, July 14th
2PM, virtual via Zoom

Join the USF Libraries on Thursday, July 14th at 2PM for a virtual event on Microsoft Teams and Listen to History, featuring Governor LeRoy Collins and his Pivotal Speech on Race in 1960. A conversation will be led by Special Collections curator Andy Huse, …Continue Reading

Millions of Years in the Making: A New Platform for the Karst Information Portal

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June 6th is the National Day of Caves and Karst, and we’re celebrating with the official launch of the newly redesigned Karst Information Portal (KIP). For 2021 and 2022, the scientific community is also engaging in the International Year of Cave and Karsts, a global celebration organized by the International Union of Speleology.[1] Caves and karsts are geological formations that play a significant role in Florida’s environment. …Continue Reading

The Oracle in the Archives: The Grim Reaper of Pizza

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The push for the USF Libraries to digitize the college’s student newspaper, The USF Oracle, began several years before I was hired as a staff member in the building. Alumni and researchers alike have always been interested in being able to view campus newspapers, and the more that they could view online, the better… …Continue Reading

Celebrate Earth Day with Florida Environment & Natural History Resources

From marine science to ornithology, climate change to environmental policy, materials are available in Special Collections to help us understand our environmental past and future
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Happy Earth Day! We here at the USF Libraries are committed to the preservation of, and access to, resources concerning impacts on Florida’s natural environment. We invite you to celebrate Earth Day this year by exploring our Florida Environment and Natural History (FLENH) …Continue Reading

The Florida Ornithological Society Nests at the USF Libraries 

Special Collections is the official repository of the society’s physical and digital records
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Many birds migrate in predictable ways, heading north in spring as winter retreats from cooler climes and cycling south in the fall as northern habitats freeze over. Florida’s milder climate, however, sustains both the migrants and the state’s charismatic resident birds. For …Continue Reading

EcoFest 2022

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EcoFest 2022
Saturday, April 23rd
10AM-3PM

Special Collections will be at EcoFest celebrating Earth Day 2022! This community event celebrates the many businesses, organizations, and individuals in the Tampa Bay area dedicated to the principles of sustainability, ecology, equity, and economy. Come see us to grab some USF …Continue Reading

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. These items can be made available online through library digitization, and to celebrate this, the USF Libraries have been selecting titles from our physical collections to digitize each year. …Continue Reading

Gopher Tortoise Days at USF Sarasota-Manatee

Learn more about this favorite Florida species April 11-14th at USF Libraries Information Commons
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If you have visited the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus, you may have wondered why such a lush forested area is the first thing you see. It’s because one of Florida’s most important and protected keystone species, the gopher tortoise, makes its home amongst …Continue Reading

Special Collections Digital Exhibits Examine Gender & Sexuality in the Archives

#WomensHistoryMonth
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Gender and sexuality studies are a popular analytical framework in the humanities, social science, and history fields. USF students and faculty are pursing innovative research on how these topics intersect across a multitude of subjects, and to support them, the USF Libraries …Continue Reading

The Incredible Irish-American Mary Jane O’Donovan Rossa

Celebrating a rebel in our Anglo-Irish Collection for Irish-American Heritage & Women's History Month
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On February 28, 2022, President Joe Biden proclaimed March 2022 as Irish-American Heritage Month. Today, nearly one in ten Americans trace their lineage back to Ireland. In his Proclamation he stated: The United States and Ireland are deeply and forever intertwined: linked …Continue Reading