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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Collection Highlight: Florida Environmental InterfaceThe 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