Special Collections

Special Collections supports scholarly research, enhances teaching, and preserves USF and Florida history through a series of deep University and community partnerships.

To advance this mission, Special Collections:

  • Collaborates with the Research Platform Teams in providing access to primary research materials appropriate to their missions.
  • Engages researchers and encourages immersion with nontraditional and often rare resources through classroom, exhibit, and storage facilities.
  • Establishes and promotes strong community partnerships organized around local and regional history, environmental history, and cultural resources and heritage.
  • Acquires and makes available for use materials of enduring research value in five major areas—Florida Environment and Natural History; Florida Studies; Children’s and Young Adult Literature; LGBTQ Studies; and USF University Archives.

View our consolidated collection development guidelines: view guidelines picture_as_pdf

Donations during Coronavirus (COVID-19)

For the health and safety of our staff and community, Special Collections is unable to physically evaluate or accept donated or transferred materials during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Questions or concerns about a possible donation or transfer of materials to the USF Tampa Library’s Special Collections may be directed to Tomaro Taylor, Head of Special Collections, tomaro@usf.edu.

  • Collection Highlight: Florida Environmental Interface
    The Florida Environmental Interface, which features research materials from Special and Digital Collections, provides access to current and historical information related to the environments of Florida. With a variety of concentrations and exhibitions, these collections focus on the flora, fauna, and numerous geological and geographical aspects of Florida.
    Florida Environmental Interface
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