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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 collections consists of materials from the John Egerton Papers, John Allen Papers, and the University of South Florida Archives curated for exhibition by archivist Andrew Huse.  Materials for this exhibit draw from these collections as well as those of Sumter Lowry, Terrell Sessums and Governor LeRoy Collins.  

Besides providing an overview of FLIC at USF, this exhibit will link to various materials that can be found in the collections named above.

We tend to think of the events surrounding FLIC as being of another place and time, quietly and comfortably in our past. But a careful study of race, politics, sexuality, fear, and hate reveals that while the Johns Committee has been defunct for 50 years, the social forces that created it are still prominent in the United States. 

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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 Homecoming celebration. Homecoming festivities are an opportunity for USF students and alumni to show their school spirit.  Although homecoming has developed gradually with the growth of USF, today it is a major attraction that features a week of campus events, athletic games, parties, carnivals, a parade, and much more.  Please join the Tampa Library’s Special Collections for this photo exhibit documenting the history of homecoming at USF, named after the theme for the festivities of 2014, “Once Upon a Homecoming.”  

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Curated by Andrew Huse.

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 learning.  Created with student input and text, this exhibit provides an introduction to USF history, largely from a student's perspective.