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. Learn more about one of our collections below.
The Special Collections Department of the University of South Florida Tampa Library supports the research and teaching missions of the University of South Florida by acquiring, preserving, and providing access to select and targeted monographs, manuscripts, illustrations, maps, sheet music, photographs, archival materials, and printed ephemera, as well as audio/video, images, and text in select digital formats. Collections are intended for use by the university community as well as the general public according to the policies and procedures established by the Department.
The Arts collections encompass theater, photography and prints, cartoon art, sheet music, and Roman-era Lebanese antiquities. The Dion Boucicault Theatre Collection is one of the largest Boucicault collections in the world, and the music research collections offer the opportunity to explore over 10,000 pieces of African American, Floridian, and 19th and 20th century sheet music, early songsters and hymnals, and the collected works of Bela Bartok and USF pianist/composer Robert Helps.