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The University of South Florida: A Historic Overview

For such a young institution, the University of South Florida has a colorful and remarkable history of innovation and growth.  Opened as a university bereft of dormitories or athletics, USF has climbed the ranks from obscure upstart to a major player among the nation's institutions of higher… View Exhibition

"We Wanted Some Basic Human Rights": The Civil Rights Struggle in Tampa

This web exhibition examines the history of the Civil Rights Movement in Tampa and its environs. It utilizes documents located in the Special Collections Division of the USF Tampa library. This exhibition was produced during a Spring 2016 seminar on the Civil Rights Movement, taught by Dr. K.… View Exhibition

Jazz in Florida

     The Jazz in Florida Archive is ongoing project to document and preserve Florida’s place in jazz history. The project features student research and writing under the direction of Prof. Andrew Berish.      The archive will contain oral histories, photographs, manuscripts, sheet music,… View Exhibition

The Tampa Bay Estuary: An Oral History of Community Collaboration to Restore Ecological Integrity

Welcome to the Tampa Bay Estuary Oral History Project with an introductory video by our sponsor TECO Energy. Enter and navigate the exhibit by clicking on the chapter titles to the left. View Exhibition

Portraying Courage: Holocaust Survivors in Voice & Image

In the Fall of 2010, the USF Tampa Library Department of Special and Digital Collections partnered with the Florida Holocaust Museum to present an exhibit entitled “Art and Autobiography: Holocaust Survivor Portraits by Nava Mentkow.” This digital exhibition of portraits and testimonies… View Exhibition

Florida Digital Postcards Exhibit

Florida Digital Postcard Exhibit The Florida Digital Postcard exhibit is a curated presentation of the digitized images from The Hampton Dunn Florida Postcard collection housed in the University of South Florida Libraries Special Collections. An output of the first stage in the full-scale… View Exhibition

The "Witch Hunt" at USF: Experiencing the Johns Committee Through Primary Resources

This exhibit will introduce viewers to the Florida Legislative Investigation Committee (or Johns Committee) through primary sources held by USF Tampa's Special Collections and made available online through the library's digitization unit. The Florida Legislative Investigation Committee digital… View Exhibition

Oppenheimer Family

On the morning of December 8, 1941, the Nazi SS forced Erika Mannheimer and her family from their home in Bad Wildungen, Germany and sent them to Riga Ghetto in Latvia. After a 3 day journey by train, without food and water, they reached the ghetto where they found "empty houses, burnt out… View Exhibition

Alicia Appleman-Jurman: Her Story and Beyond

Alicia Appleman-Jurman was only 11 years old when the Nazis invaded & occupied her homeland of Poland. Alicia survived World War II & the Jewish Holocaust. Alicia: My Storyis the inspiring account of her survival and recounts through the eyes of one the brutality perpetrated on… View Exhibition

Once Upon a Homecoming

Once upon a time in what would become Bulls Country, there grew a university with no traditions, no dormitories, no mascot, no athletics, and a small-campus identity. Here at the University of South Florida, traditions slowly developed as its programs and amenities grew, culminating in an annual… View Exhibition

Greek Community Documentation Project

The Greek Community of Tarpon Springs is the result of a collaboration between the City of Tarpon Springs' Center for Gulf Coast Folklife and the University of South Florida Library's Special & Digital Collections. It represents a key component of the Center's Greek Community Documentation… View Exhibition

Living a Genocide: The Children of Darfur

Children bear the brunt of any armed conflict and tend to be viewed as victims, although they are rarely given a platform to describe their experiences. This online exhibition features drawings by Darfuri children living in refugee camps in Eastern Chad. They represent eyewitness accounts of… View Exhibition

USF Armenian Studies

Armenian Studies at the USF Libraries Holocaust and Genocide Studies Center The Armenian Studies Initiative builds research collections in English, Armenian, and other languages; offers programming in Armenian history and culture; positions Armenia squarely in the historical and policy debates… View Exhibition

Speaking Out About Genocide: The Voices of Survivors, Upstanders, and Experts

Throughout the 20th century, genocides were perpetrated across the globe. Governments attempted to exterminate entire classes of their citizens based on religion, race, or ethnicity. Tribal and clan prejudices led to civil wars where hundreds of thousands were killed, injured, and/or left homeless… View Exhibition

Selling Sunshine: Florida's Citrus Industry

This exhibit explores the history of Florida's citrus industry through various materials held by University of South Florida Tampa Library’s Special Collections: post cards, sheet music, rare books, promotional materials, industry documents, and political correspondence. If Florida's identity… View Exhibition

The History of Minstrelsy

This exhibit explores the history of minstrelsy, its significance in American history and theater, and its enduring legacy. Utilizing materials fromtheUSF Tampa Library's Special CollectionsAfrican American Sheet Music Collection, it is possible to trace the history of blackface minstrelsy from… View Exhibition

Five Hundred Years of Discovering Florida

This exhibit was prepared by eleven students for an Honors College class "Major Works/Ideas" in the Spring of 2012. Under the supervision of librarian-instructor Andy Huse, each student's assignment was to present an aspect of Florida's history or culture using only materials from USF Tampa… View Exhibition

Florida Water: History of Reliance, Abuse, and Restoration

Water is an all-important topic in the past, present, and future of Florida. In many ways, water defined Florida at every stage of its history. Water shaped the peninsula of Florida when European explorers and cartographers attemped to map the territory. Agriculture, fishing, and tourism all rely… View Exhibition

Art of the Poison Pens: A Century of American Political Cartoons

Art of the Poison Pens: A Century of American Political Cartoons is a testament to the long-standing and vital role that the visual arts have played in the construction of an American political identity. Sometimes cartoons mock, cajole, poke, prod, offend and embarrass their subjects, while at other… View Exhibition