Environmental Collections

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.

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.Explore our major collecting areas, policies, and department statistics dashboard.

Florida Environmental Collections

Over the last several years, the USF Tampa Library has collected original materials documenting the environmental history of Florida and beyond. The Library’s Special Collections department invites professors and scholars to engage in research and data aggregation projects using its environmental materials.

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We invite all scholars to explore our collections and use these materials. In particular, we hope to encourage faculty who would be interested in initiating research projects to make these materials more accessible, including but not limited to:

  • descriptionCreating data sets and/or databases from the uncompiled research data contained in the collections
    Using data to create maps and visual aids
    Helping select materials for digitization and dissemination
    Identifying incrementally sized research projects using the available materials

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By contacting Special Collections, we are able to support research projects by making materials available, host instruction or research sessions for students, and act as liaison with other library/university units. The USF Institute for Environmental Studies, working in collaboration with Special Collections, can assist in facilitating research. We are eager to hear your interests and ideas as we continue to develop our collections.

Contact our Associate Librarian and Archivist, Andy Huse, by phone: 813-974-7622 or e-mail: ahuse@usf.edu.