LGBT and Women’s History Collections
Special Collections seeks to preserve the historical records of women, gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, and transsexual and transgendered persons as related to gender and sexuality issues in Tampa Bay, FL and adjacent areas. As part of the initiative to collect, maintain and make available for research the diversity of materials documenting both feminist history and the history of the LGBT community, Special Collections has acquired archival, monographic and audio-visual resources that support those engaged in the discourse, research, study and teaching of feminism, LGBT studies and related disciplines.
Donald L. Bentz Collection
Extent: 11 boxes
Description: In 2007, University of South Florida alum Donald L. Bentz donated a collection of materials highlighting numerous Bay area events and organizations developed and sponsored by Tampa’s LGBT community. Consisting of items from local organization Greater Tampa Bay Pride Organization, Inc. and such events as “Pillage and Plunder” and “Wet Party,” the Donald L. Bentz Collection primarily includes administrative documents, posters, photographs and other items from the early 1990s to the early 2000s.
Edith Daly / Women’s Energy Bank Collection
Extent: 1 linear foot (2 boxes)
Description: The Edith Daly / Women’s Energy Bank collection consists of Daly’s personal correspondence; documents and clippings centered on gay and lesbian rights, feminism and environmental activism; and anti-war and anti-violence resource packets and handbooks. Of particular interest are editions of Womyn’s Words, the Women’s Energy Bank’s monthly publication, and programs from the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, both of which have been cataloged separately.
Lee Ann Wojtkowski (“Oak”) Collection
Extent: 1 box
This collection consists of pamphlets, booklets, newspaper clippings, and personal notes. The majority of the materials are personal notations from the donor regarding feminism and/or lesbianism consciousness and activism.
LGBT Oral History Project
Description: This USF Libraries Oral History Project provides primary source material that emphasizes sexuality and gender identity-based cultures. The oral histories include first-hand experiences, everyday life, community, and common use terminologies. This is an open collection that will continue to be added to over time.
Rex Maniscalco Collection of Bobby Smith Photographs
Extent: 6 boxes
Description: The Rex Maniscalco Collection of Bobby Smith Photographs consists of photographs taken by Bobby Smith in the 1950’s-1970’s and videos of GLBT events within the years of 1993 -2000 as well as serials and programs printed during 1972-2007. The photographs are a rare set of images taken by the late Bobby Smith. The first female “messenger boy,” and co-founder of the Metropolitan Community Church in Tampa, Bobby Smith’s personal and professional photographs include both portraits and “everyday” shots of the GLBT community.The collection consists of nearly 450 photographs documenting Tampa’s Gay and Lesbian communities from the 1950s to the 1970s. Images of popular hang-outs, such as Jack’s Place, Knotty Pine, Jimmie White’s Tavern and the Brass Rail, are included.
Click here to access the collection’s finding aid; click here to access select photographs from the collection online »