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.
- City of Tampa Bay Study Group records
- Environmental Land Acquisition and Protection Program records
- Florida Coastal Islands Sanctuaries Records (Tampa Bay)
- Robert Porter Allen papers
- White Crowned Pigeon Research papers
- Florida Audubon slides and presentations for the public
- Audubon Research slides
- Audubon Warden Reports, various places and time periods
- Records of the Audubon Research Station in Tavernier, FL
- Records of the Audubon Lake Okeechobee station in Lorida, FL
- Zellwood Bird Reports, published by Halifax Audubon Society
- Coming soon: Bay County (Panama City) Audubon Records
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 materialsgrade
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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.