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Fifty years: USF Libraries employee to retire as the university’s longest-serving non-faculty staff member

As a child, Florence Jandreau remembers peeking through the woods and trees to see the new university in town. At the time, she could have never imagined the impact USF would have on her life or that she would one day retire as the university’s longest-serving non-faculty staff member.

July 19, 2021University News

People gathered at the location of the Gas Plant neighborhood cemeteries in St. Petersburg. Photo by David Shedden.

The lost African American cemeteries of Tampa Bay & what’s being done to remember them

USF librarians are working with USF researchers and the Tampa Bay community to identify living next-of-kin for those forgotten while bringing historical injustices to light.

June 11, 2021Research and Innovation

Dr. Juel Shannon Smith (center/left) and Tampa Chapter President Marsha Lewis Brown (right) presenting a donation to support the oral history project to USF Libraries Associate Director of Development Christina Wisz (center/right) and Associate Dean Tom Cetwinski (left)

The Tampa Chapter of The Links, Incorporated Selects USF Libraries to House Archives

The USF Tampa Library acquired a particularly special collection: The Tampa Chapter of The Links, Incorporated archives, one of the oldest and largest volunteer organizations in the country. The organization has a membership of more than 16,000 women of color committed to enriching, sustaining, and ensuring the culture and economic endurance of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry.

May 3, 2021University News

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Awards season celebrates Cape Canaveral docu-short

In October 2019, USF Innovative Education’s Digital Learning production team premiered their docu-short "Our Last Chance: Preserving Cape Canaveral," which chronicled USF Libraries Digital Heritage and Humanities Collections' ongoing preservation work with the cultural resources division of the 45th Space Wing at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

April 12, 2021University News

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Celebrating Women’s History

The USF Libraries has made a variety of resources available in commemoration of Women’s History Month to celebrate not just women’s historical triumphs, but to pay tribute to the women in our lives today.

March 31, 2021University News

Photo scan of three African Americans from Armwood Family Papers, USF Tampa Campus Library Special Collections

New USF Libraries collection focuses on Florida’s African American experience

Drawn from previous collections, the African American Experience in Florida (AAE) is a new, online portal that includes hundreds of artifacts that highlight the injustices that affected Black communities and businesses.

March 15, 2021University News

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Celebrating the life and work of Skip Gandy

The USF Libraries celebrate the life and work of George “Skip” Gandy IV, 1942-2020. A Florida native, Gandy’s childhood on Davis Islands shaped him into becoming an avid outdoorsman, environmental activist, and an honored donor to USF.

December 23, 2020University News

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USF Libraries creates digital dashboard to track COVID-19 vaccination distribution in Florida

New dashboard monitors the number of vaccine recipients, their location and demographic.

December 21, 2020COVID-19, Research and Innovation

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Matter of Pride: LGBTQ+ History in USF Special Collections

In the LGBTQIA+ community, June represents the ongoing strides being made to fight for equality, create awareness, build acceptance, and celebrate accomplishments. October is dedicated to LGBTQ+ History, founded by Rodney Wilson in 1994, and acknowledges the growth and history of the community.

October 16, 2020University News

Adela and Cesar Gonzmart with Casimiro Jr. and Carmen Hernandez celebrating the 1962 Holiday Magazine Award in the Columbia Restaurant’s Patio room.

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage & How It’s Shaped Tampa Bay

Hispanic heritage is an integral part of Florida history. Within Tampa, Cuban, Venezuelan, Nicaraguan, Colombian, Spanish, and Puerto Rican cultures and influences have shaped the city. In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, we want to recognize some of the icons that have contributed to shaping our city through business, government, education, and sports.

October 7, 2020University News

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

The accurate American history starter pack

Historic and civic education are powerful tools that shape our worldview and provide insight into the understanding of current events, as well as our current socio-political climate.

August 13, 2020University News

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Truist establishes USF Libraries COVID-19 Research and Information Fund with $25,000 grant

The University of South Florida Libraries announced today it received a $25,000 grant from Truist Financial Corp. to establish the USF Libraries COVID-19 Research and Information Fund.

May 18, 2020COVID-19, University News

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