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 is irrevocably entwined with the citrus industry, some of these materials served as the glue that joined them in the public's mind. For Florida boosters, it was not just a matter of marketing citrus. They sold a bit of Florida sunshine in every crate of citrus and carton of orange juice.
Exhibit curation by Special & Digital Collections librarian Andy Huse and Department of History graduate student Joe Tamargo. Production assistance by School of Information graduate student Matt Deihl. Copyright 2012.