Special Collections houses rare, fragile, and unique materials ranging from a 4,000 year old Sumerian tablet to early printed books, photographs and prints, sheet music, ephemera, and history and literature collections. Find out more by exploring our major collecting areas and our collection development policy:
The Florida Studies Center Collections contain monographs, maps, manuscripts, photographs, printed ephemera, oral histories,
and realia relating to Florida’s history and culture.
The USF Libraries’ Special Collections is focused on collecting materials
that document LGBT history, culture, politics, community relations, and public health.
The University Archives, housed in Special & Digital Collections, collects, preserves, and provides access to a variety of
materials that document the administrative and intellectual history of the University of South Florida.
The Science Fiction & Fantasy Collections include pulp magazines, several thousand iconic works from the golden age
of science fiction and fantasy, and a growing collection of Spanish language science fiction from Mexico, the Caribbean,
and South America.
The recently established Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center Collections focus on 20th and 21st-century events in Europe and Africa and includes monographs, manuscripts, photographs, maps, artwork, and other modern and contemporary materials
The Literature and Book Arts Collections feature history of the book materials suitable for classroom instruction,
with illustrative examples of the history of printing in western Europe and America; the Dobkin Collection; and more.
The Arts Collections encompass theater, photography and prints, cartoon art, and sheet music. The Dion Boucicault
Theatre Collection is one of the largest Boucicault collections in the world.
Digital and Oral History Collections provide online access to many materials from Special Collections as well as collections
digitized through partnerships with other libraries and repositories.