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.MISSION:
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. Today, the Special Collections Department focuses its efforts on acquiring physical and digital materials around eight collection areas.
Florida Studies Center Collections
Children’s and Young Adult Literature Collections
Science Fiction & Fantasy Collections
Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center Collections
Literature and Book Arts Collections
The materials in the Archives are non-circulating but are available for research by request in the Special Collections reading room. Some materials are housed off-site, so please inquire about the availability of records before you visit.
The USF Archives is supported by University Policy 10-208, Archives of the University of South Florida, in its mission to collect and preserve the history of the university. USF departments, programs, and centers are encouraged to contact the University Archives to create a retention schedule for appropriate materials.