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 the University Archives 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 University Archives, housed in Special & Digital Collections, collects, preserves, and provides access to a variety of materials that document the administrative and intellectual history of the University of South Florida. A large portion of the Archives is comprised of the working papers of the University’s presidents, Faculty Senate, and select organizational units. Equally prominent are materials that document student experiences at USF, such as official USF photographs, select recordings of WUSF public broadcasting programs on television and the radio, and publications for and by the student body, including The Oracle and theses and dissertations.
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.