Category: Special Collections

Home Sweet Homecoming

Thursday, October 8th from 6 - 7 p.m.
open_in_new Home Sweet Homecoming
event Thursday, October 8th
access_time 6 - 7 p.m.

For the past sixty years, a diverse student body found a new home at the University of South Florida. In this age of disruption, our students are adapting to a new reality, and educational institutions everywhere are learning what an empty nest … Continue Reading

Tour the Florida Environment & Natural History (FLENH) Collections

Thursday, September 24th from 6 - 7 p.m.
open_in_new Tour the Florida Environment & Natural History (FLENH) Collections
event Thursday, September 24th
access_time 6 - 7 p.m.

From climate change to man-made and natural disasters, impacts on our environment have become one of the most pressing issues on the planet – and the significance of environmental research is paramount. In response to this growing urgency, we have begun the … Continue Reading

The Accurate American History Starter Pack


“The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future.” – Theodore Roosevelt   Historic and civic education are powerful tools that shape our worldview and provide insight into the understanding of current events, as well as our current socio-political climate. Learning … Continue Reading

Meet Matt Knight, Fulbright Scholar

History RPT, Irish history subject expert, and curator of collections

Matt Knight is a special librarian at the Tampa Library not only because of his time in Special Collections, but because of his undeniable dedication, understanding, and love for libraries and USF. Matt came to USF in 2011 as Operations Manager of … Continue Reading

Archives Awareness Week Special Event: Tampa Then and Now

open_in_new Archives Awareness Week: Tampa Then and Now
event Monday, July 13, 2020
access_time 3 – 5 PM
location_on Virtual

The City of Tampa will be kicking off this year’s virtual Archives Awareness Week celebration with a special program, Tampa Then and Now. Featuring local historians, USF Tampa Library Special Collections librarian Andrew T. Huse will discuss his new book, From Saloons … Continue Reading

Celebrate Archives Awareness Week

July 12-18, 2020

Each July, the City of Tampa recognizes Archives Awareness Week as part of the city’s annual birthday celebrations. As one of the Tampa Bay area’s larger archival repositories, the USF Tampa Library Special Collections has celebrated with the city for many years. … Continue Reading

A Matter of Pride: Celebrating the history of the LGBTQIA+ Community

LGBTQ Special Collections 

In the LGBTQIA+ community, June represent the ongoing strides being made to fight for equality, create awareness, build acceptance, and celebrate accomplishments. The first gay rights organization in the United States was the Society of Human Rights, founded on December 10, 1924 … Continue Reading

Celebrating African American Music Appreciation Month

African American Sheet Music Collection

Created by President Jimmy Carter in 1979, and further commemorated by President Barack Obama, the month of June has been declared “African American Music Appreciation Month.” Originally called “Black Music Month,” June marks the celebration of African American music and its influence … Continue Reading

Inside “From Saloons to Steakhouses” with Andy Huse


Andy Huse’s latest book From Saloons to Steakhouses emerged during his years as a graduate student in the history department at the University of South Florida. His research began as an exploration of Tampa’s history outside of the well-known cigar factories of Ybor city, and eventually … Continue Reading