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.

  • Research Awards
    Special Collections offers four research awards for undergraduate and graduate students at the University of South Florida.
    Click here to learn more about the LGBT Research Award, Latin American & Other Science Fiction Research Award, the Leland Hawes Prize in Florida Studies, and the Patrick Riordan Memorial Research Award.
  • Exhibitions
    Explore current and past online exhibits.

    Explore Exhibits
  • Collections Highlight
    ELAPP History ProjectThe Jan K. Platt Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program (ELAPP) is a citizen-led effort to preserve natural areas in Hillsborough County, Florida. It began as a local response to rapid development and habitat loss, and continues to preserve wildlife corridors in a highly urbanized region.
    Story Map Exhibit