Florida Studies at the USF Libraries

Cultural and Historical Treasures

The USF Libraries Florida Studies Initiative draws upon the Libraries’ extensive collections and expertise on Florida’s history and culture, especially the Tampa Bay region and its relationship with the Caribbean Basin, to support teaching and research and to help our community develop a better understanding of the region’s past, present, and future.

Contact USF Libraries Special Collections in order to use these materials in your research.

Florida Political History
The USF Libraries are home to the papers of key political figures from the last century of Florida’s governance, comprising a rich resource for the study of Florida’s political and social history in the 20th century.

Ybor City & West Tampa History
These collections illustrate and document life in Tampa’s vibrant Cuban, Spanish, and Italian ‘cigar cities’, from the colorful history of Tampa’s cigar industry to the mutual aid societies that these immigrants relied upon for cultural and social life, and even community health care. Collection info…

Florida Environmental Studies
How has Florida responded to the challenges of economic growth while managing the state’s environmental integrity? How will Florida meet the increasing demands on water resources in the state?

Florida Black History Collection
People of African descent have been part of Florida’s history from its earliest days. From the time of European exploration to the present, Africans and black Americans have made key contributions to the state, despite the hardships of slavery, poverty, and racial injustice. Collection info…

Florida LGBT History
The USF Libraries collect, maintain and make available for research a diversity of materials documenting both feminist history and the history of the LGBT community as related to gender and sexuality issues in Tampa Bay, FL and adjacent areas. Collection info…

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