Archival Collections (THC)
USF Special Collections maintains a number of archival, manuscript and photographic collections that document Tampa’s rich history. These digitized archival collections represent a selection of these materials which explore the history of Tampa and Hillsborough County.
- Morison Buck, a native of Memphis, Tennessee, practiced law in Tampa from 1948 to 1977. He served as a United States Commissioner, as Tampa's Assistant City Attorney, as a Circuit Judge and, since 1991, as a Mediator for state and federal courts. The collection includes copies of "Chips off the Old Bench" columns written by Judge Buck for the Hillsborough County Bar Association. There are over 50 articles in this collection. Morison Buck Biographies of Hillsborough County Judges
- Operated by the same family since 1905, the Columbia Restaurant is the oldest restaurants in Florida and one of the largest Spanish restaurants in the nation. With humble beginnings as a café and saloon in Ybor City, the Hernandez and Gonzmart families expanded the business, first into adjacent space on its city block, and later opened restaurants around the state. The Columbia is most notable for how it evolved and adapted with the changing developments in Ybor City. Acquired by Casimiro Hernandez Sr. in 1905 from a Mr. Vasquez, Hernandez cultivated a solid business and bought the property in 1912. The Saloon Columbia quickly became the expanded Columbia Restaurant with the help of new partners (the Garcias of neighboring La Fonda Restaurant) at the onset of state and federal Prohibition laws. During the 1930s, the Columbia’s Don Quixote dining room cashed in on the... Columbia Restaurant/Gonzmart Family Collections, 1903-
- In 1987, Hillsborough County voters approved a referendum and property tax to implement the Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program (ELAPP). It was subsequently reauthorized in 1990 and 2008, each time with sizeable majorities. Similar to and often in partnership with state-funded programs such as Preservation 2000 and Florida Forever, ELAPP has protected over 61,000 acres of rare and important habitat in Hillsborough County. In 2014, the program was officially renamed the “Jan K. Platt Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program,” for the former county commissioner (1978-2002) and lifelong advocate for environmental protection. Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program Collection
- This digital collection consists of the Gordon Keller School of Nursing Alumnae Association Records, which are primarily photographs from 1940-1969. The physical collection is available in University of South Florida Libraries Special Collections. Gordon Keller School of Nursing Alumnae Association Records
- The bulk of this collection consists of manuscripts and revised typescripts of the Florida edition of the American Guide Series; drafts and revisions pertain to Hillsborough County, particularly the city of Tampa, with a substantial number of essays on Ybor City and its immigration history. Correspondence and research by Stetson Kennedy, one of the project's chief editors, is included. Also included are the correspondence and records of daily activities of Carita Doggett Corse, who served as the director of the Florida Writer's Project in 1935. Tampa WPA Office Papers