Tampa’s Rebels and Revolutionaries: Looking Beyond the Gangsters and Pirates

Tampa is well-known for it’s sordid past of gangsters and (apparently nonexistent*) pirates. But it’s the lesser known rebels and misfits that comprise Tampa’s most colorful history. USF Special Collections Librarian Andy Huse recently shared his expertise on these characters in a funny, sometimes sad, and always fascinating talk entitled, ”Tampa’s Rebels and Revolutionaries: Looking Beyond …

Exploring Our Cultural History

There are many treasures in USF Tampa Library Special Collections that carry with them interesting and well-documented histories. But what of those whose origins are less well known? What can we learn about those objects? Students in Pamela Merrill Brekka’s History of Visual Arts classes make an effort to unearth their stories with the USF …

What Does the Library Mean to USF Students?

“It was very impressive that students felt strongly enough about the importance of the library to their academic lives that they stood up and spoke out. How many other things are cut in tight budget times that you don’t hear so much as a whimper about?” ~The Honorable Jan Platt, longtime Hillsborough County Commissioner and …

The USF Libraries Oral History Program

The USF Libraries are home to a wide-ranging landscape of stories told in the first person that are most appropriately called ‘oral histories.’ From the culinary, environmental, and sports history of Florida to the incredible tales of World War II Holocaust survivors and concentration camp liberators, the program’s three collection areas provide one-of-a-kind materials for …

Rewarding Exceptional Undergraduate Student Researchers

Among the many benefits of giving to USF Libraries programs that directly support students is the opportunity to meet the deserving students who benefit from your donation and understand just how it supports their intellectual and career development. “Good research begins not only with an idea but also an understanding of what has gone before. …

State of the Art Teaching with Turn of the Century Collections

Great things happen through collaboration at the USF Tampa Library. This spring semester, Special and Digital Collections department, the Office for Undergraduate Research, and USF Associate Professor of English Cynthia Patterson worked together to provide a rich research experience to Dr. Patterson’s undergraduate class. Patterson initially became aware of the USF Libraries extensive collection of dime novels while …

USF Honors College Class Discovers 500 Years of Florida History in the USF Tampa Library

“It should be required viewing by all in Florida.” -the Honorable E.J. Salcines A desire to introduce his USF Honors College major works/major issues class to the historic treasures of Special Collections  led Andy Huse to devise a semester-long project that would provide them with a hands-on research experience. Huse, a USF Tampa Library Special …

Remembering the Holocaust: Empathy and Historical Memory

In late 2012, the USF Libraries Holocaust and Genocide Studies Center welcomed scholar Rachel Baum for the first in a series of Jack Chester Foundation Symposia in Holocaust and Genocide Studies. The symposia and related educational programming were made possible by a grant from the Foundation. Dr. Baum, a faculty member at the University of …