Category: Special Collections

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

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

Anti-Racist Resources

Our recommendations for enlightenment during this trying time

As we strive to overcome racial tension and fight injustice together, we want to provide integral anti-racist resources with our community. One way to educate ourselves is by reading books and sharing the Black experience in America. Our Libraries’ Diversity and Inclusion … Continue Reading

Meet Andy Huse

Tampa Bay's Resident Historian

Born in Chicago but still very much a Floridian, Andrew T. Huse is an Associate Librarian in Special Collections who has been with the USF Tampa Library for almost 22 years. Better known as “Andy,” he’s a proud USF Bull, earning two … Continue Reading

USF #LibrariesLove: USF Women’s Club

The first club at USF has long championed women, students, and our Libraries

The tradition of giving back to USF started before the University of South Florida opened its doors, when in late summer 1960, the USF Women’s Club held their first meeting. Grace Allen, wife of USF’s founding President Dr. John Allen, hosted the … Continue Reading

Preeminent and Proud

The USF Libraries present the online exhibition and oral history with Dr. Judy Genshaft

The USF Libraries present the online exhibition and oral history with Dr. Judy Genshaft, commemorating her 19-year presidency and the immense impact she’s had on the University of South Florida and Tampa Bay.

Tomaro Taylor Promoted to University Librarian


The role of University Librarian is the pinnacle of a librarian’s career, an ascension to the highest level of faculty on a university campus. Tomaro Taylor’s accomplishments, efforts, and body of work have contributed substantially to the betterment of the USF Libraries and to the profession, and being named University Librarian is well deserved.

Summer 2019 in Special Collections

USF Libraries Special Collections will start summer hours Monday, June 3rd to audit existing collections and process exciting new ones

Special Collections is a unit within the USF Libraries that is, well, special. It houses rare and interesting books, photographs, music, and more. This summer, the Special Collections staff will be taking a holistic assessment of current collections and processing new ones. In order to do so, their hours will be adjusted for the summer only: Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., and by appointment.