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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. 

Navigate the exhibit by clicking on the chapter titles to the left.

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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 Library's Special Collections.  The summary below is culled from their written introduction.

"In this exhibit, we will explore the history of what is now the state of Florida, including the culture of the Indian tribes that predated European presence by thousands of years, the technological advances that allowed the peninsula’s population and economy to develop into one of the largest of the 50 states, and the development of the tourism industry (and other related fields) that became the state’s trademark into the 21st century. We will present a narrative of Florida’s development based on historical photos and documents, as well as modern texts and accounts of the state’s history."


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