Special Collections supports scholarly research, enhances teaching, and preserves USF and Florida history through a series of deep University and community partnerships.
To advance this mission, Special Collections:
- Collaborates with the Research Platform Teams in providing access to primary research materials appropriate to their missions.
- Engages researchers and encourages immersion with nontraditional and often rare resources through classroom, exhibit, and storage facilities.
- Establishes and promotes strong community partnerships organized around local and regional history, environmental history, and cultural resources and heritage.
MaterialsWe offer a variety of options for reproductions of our materials. Patrons may take pictures with their personal cameras and cell phones. We also offer a self-service Bookeye scanner. We no longer provide photocopies.
Digital Collections provide online access to many of our materials.
CollectionsFocused efforts on acquiring materials in eight major areas:
- 1. Florida Studies Collections
- 2. Children’s and Young Adult Literature
- 3. Science Fiction & Fantasy
- 4. LGBT Collections
- 5. Arts Collections
- 6. Holocaust & Genocide Studies
- 7. Literature and Book Arts
- 8. University Archives
HIGHLIGHTELAPP History Project
The Jan K. Platt Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program (ELAPP) is a citizen-led effort to preserve natural areas in Hillsborough County, Florida. It began as a local response to rapid development and habitat loss, and continues to preserve wildlife corridors in a highly urbanized region.