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C-02. Florida Studies Collections

 Record Group
Identifier: C-02
The Florida Studies Collections contain monographs, maps, manuscripts, photographs, printed ephemera, oral histories, and realia relating to Florida’s history and culture, especially the Tampa Bay region and its relationship with the Caribbean. Particular strengths include Ybor City and West Tampa’s immigrant experience, cigar art and artifacts, such as original lithographers’ stones, progressive books and labels; Latin American & Caribbean studies; the Spanish American war; José Martí; and Tampa’s relationship with Cuba.

Found in 107 Collections and/or Records:

Aerial photograph collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-1988-03
Scope and Contents

A collection of aerial photographs for Hillsborough, DeSoto, Hardee, and Polk Counties in Florida, and Concho County, Texas from 1938 until 1988.

Dates: Other: 1938-1988

Al Davis papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-2016-03
Abstract

These papers are from Al Davis, a local education and voting rights activist. Included are court and legal documents, minutes from the various organizations he was a part of, and his own personal collection of notes as member in these organization.

Dates: Created: 1960 - 2011; Other: Date acquired: 08/01/2016

Al Hackett papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-1980-01
Abstract

The Al Hackett papers include photographs, correspondence, and selected articles on topics pertaining to Florida's natural environment.

Dates: Created: 1961 - 1980

Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority - Alpha Rho Chapter collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-2015-04
Abstract

Scrapbooks and other organizational documents generated by the Alpha Rho Chapter (Tampa, FL) of the Alpha Delta Kappa sorority.

Dates: Majority of material found within 1961-2007

Altrusa International of Tampa Bay, Inc.

 Collection
Identifier: MS-2019-01
Abstract

Organizational records of Altrusa International of Tampa Bay, Inc.

Dates: Created: 1950-2016; Other: Date acquired: 05/31/2019

American Association of University Women (Tampa Branch) records

 Collection
Identifier: MS-1992-01
Abstract

A collection of documents and publications from the American Association of University Women Tampa Branch.

Dates: Created: 1917 - 2007; Other: Date acquired: 08/11/1992

American Cigar Company Havana Leaf Tobacco Ledgers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-1994-01
Abstract

A collection of ledgers from the American Cigar Company.

Dates: Created: 1902-1923

Andrew Oladell papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-1988-04
Dates: Other: Dummy Date

Anthony P. "Tony" Pizzo collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-1982-01
Scope and Contents

Publications, photographs, postcards, cigar labels, maps, realia, manuscripts, diaries, printed ephemera, artifacts, and other materials documenting the history of Tampa, Florida and its vicinity, with particular emphasis on the area’s Cuban, Spanish, and Italian immigrant communities of Ybor City and West Tampa.

Dates: Created: 1824-1994; Other: Date acquired: 10/23/1982

Antonio Pereira collection

 Collection
Identifier: P11
Scope and Contents

Consists of materials related to Antonio Pereira's activities as a professional wrestler and his work with the Boy Scouts of America and the West Tampa Boys Club.  Includes correspondence, reports, news clippings, awards, trophies, and photographs.  Also includes a key to the city of Tampa, presented by Mayor Nick Nuccio in 1967.

Dates: Created: 1915-1988; Other: Date acquired: 00/00/1995

Armwood Family papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-1991-02
Abstract

Contains records and related materials documenting the professional and personal lives of the Armwood family, a pioneering African American family in Hillsborough County, Florida.

Dates: Created: 1866-1991

Athena Society scrapbooks

 Collection
Identifier: MS-2004-01
Abstract

This collection is composed of scrapbooks containing photographs and documents related to the Athena Society.

Dates: Created: 1978-2011

Audubon Everglades Science Center Research Materials

 Collection
Identifier: MS-2016-01
Abstract This collection reflects decades of ecological research undertaken by Audubon Florida at the Everglades Science Center in Tavernier, Florida. Boxes 1 and 2 of the collection represent the earlier history of the research center, including the following two studies, primarily conducted by Alexander Sprunt: I. Life Studies of the White-crowned Pigeon in the Florida Keys and the Caribbean; II. Endangered Species Act - Laws, Regulations, Literature. The remaining boxes are comprised of research...
Dates: Created: 1956-1998; Other: Date acquired: 00/00/2016

Barbara J. Schmidt Egmont Key Research Collection

 File
Identifier: MS-2021-03
Content Description This collection contains research records about Egmont Key compiled by Barbara Schmidt in the course of research about Egmont Key, with an emphasis on the modern military history of the site. The records, many of which are reproduced from originals in the Smithsonian and other places, provide insight into the management of the site by the U.S. armed forces, the personnel who served there, its role in public health, its defenses and structures (including Fort Dade), and those who were buried...
Dates: Majority of material found within 1990-2020

Barrio Latino Commission records

 Collection
Identifier: B09
Scope and Contents

The records of the Barrio Latino Commission include architectural drawings and plans, correspondence, financial records, construction permits and permit applications, as well as petition approvals for construction, demolition, repair, and other alterations to structures located within the geographic boundaries defined by the commission. Meeting minutes and agendas are also included, in addition to preliminary drawings for buildings located within the Ybor City urban renewal boundaries.

Dates: Created: 1969-1978; Other: Date acquired: 03/00/1990

Bartke's restaurant scrapbook

 Collection
Identifier: MS-2013-02
Scope and Contents

The collection is comprised of an over-size scrapbook which details the opening of Bartke's Restaurant at Tampa International Airport on August 17, 1952 as well as numerous newspaper clippings and photographs of Tampa International Airport during the 1950s. Included are restaurant reviews, editorials and special feature articles about groups who booked dinners at Bartke's Restaurant.

Dates: Created: 1952-1956

Bartley Gay collection

 Collection
Identifier: G11
Abstract

This collection primarily contains documents pertaining to the Tampa Terrace Hotel and the Floridan Hotel.

Dates: Created: 1932-1994; Other: Majority of material found in 1932-1971

Bobby Smith photograph collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-2009-01
Abstract

This collection primarily consists of photographs taken by queer photographer Bobby Smith in the 1950s and 60s. The photos depict scenes of gatherings of queer folks in homes and clubs, giving researchers a rare view of queer life and culture in Florida during the mid-20th century.

Dates: Created: 1945 - 1980

B.P. Brown Enterprises collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-1994-02
Abstract

The B. P. Brown Enterprises collection chronicles the history of African American businesses, churches, schools, and related organizations in the Tampa Bay area through materials produced by the B.P. Brown Enterprises, Inc. printing business.

Dates: Created: 1984 - 1994; Other: 1994

Burgert Brothers Collection of Tampa Photographs

 Collection
Identifier: MS-2000-03
Scope and Contents

The collection consists of Burgert Brothers prints derived from various sources and assembled into a composite collection.  The two principle sources for the Burgert images were the photographic holdings of the Tony Pizzo and Hampton Dunn collections. Both had considerable numbers of Burgert prints and negatives dispersed under various subject headings. The collection was assembled into a single, coherent collection in 1993.

Dates: Majority of material found within 1890 - 1960

Centro Asturiano de Tampa collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-1989-02
Scope and Contents

The Centro Asturiano de Tampa Collection consists of club and hospital records, meeting minutes, photographs, ephemera, zarzuelas, playbills, financial records, memorias, sheet music, and cemetery records. Included in the ephemera, are flags, trophies, printing plates, and various artifacts related to the club.

Dates: Created: 1902-2007; Other: Majority of material found in 1902-1987; Other: Date acquired: 00/00/1989

Children's Home records

 Collection
Identifier: MS-1985-02
Scope and Contents

The collection provides informative documentation on the organizational evolution of the Children’s Home, between the 1940s and early 1970s. The collection contains board minutes, newspaper clippings, financial statements and other materials.

Dates: Created: 1895-1976; Other: Majority of material found within 1940-1970; Other: Date acquired: 00/00/1985

Citrus Park Colored School collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-1996-03
Abstract

Collection consists of research materials used by the Historic Tampa-Hillsborough County Preservation Board to designate the Citrus Park Colored School as an historic landmark.

Dates: Created: 1921 - 1996; Other: 1996-11-20

Colonel Melvin B. Asp collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-1998-02
Abstract

This collection consists of the personal papers of Melvin B. Asp, commanding officer of the U.S. Army at Tampa's Drew Field during World War II.

Dates: Created: 1910-1956; Other: Date acquired: 05/00/1998

Corral, Wodiska y Ca. Cigar Factory records

 Collection
Identifier: MS-2015-05
Abstract

This collection contains official documents, stock and shareholders’ information, meeting minutes, cigar label art, family photographs, family clippings, and similar records of a factory in Tampa and comprises a variety of materials that document the history of the Corral family and the rise of Corral, Wodiska y Ca.'s in Tampa during the early 1900s.

Dates: Created: 1911-1987; Other: Date acquired: 00/00/2015

Donald Brenham "D.B." McKay collection

 Collection
Identifier: M42
Scope and Contents The collection primarily consists of materials related to D.B. McKay and his immediate family, but also includes materials from the Gutierrez and Martin families as well. Collection content consists of manuscripts, biographical materials, newspaper clippings, estate papers, architectural plans, diaries, poetry, family papers, correspondence, certificates, awards, photographs, and articles from the Tampa Tribune's "Pioneer Florida," a column edited...
Dates: Created: 1880-1980; Other: Date acquired: 12/13/2010

Dr. John Ogden Caribbean and Coral Reef collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-2020-02
Content Description

The Ogden collection is being donated in pieces, and original order will be maintained. Currently, the library has Binders 4, 7, 9, 12, 13, 23.

Dates: Other: First donation acquired in 2020.

DuPree Press collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-1994-03
Abstract

This collection consists of program souvenir books produced by the DuPree Press for local churches, masonic temples, associations, women's groups, and sororities in Tampa, FL.

Dates: Created: 1958 - 1994; Other: 1994

Ed Hall editorial cartoon collection

 Collection
Identifier: H59
Scope and Contents

This collection contains original cartoons by Baker Country Press and Artizans cartoonist Ed Hall from his 2003 book entitled Code Red—Editorial Cartoons and his 2006 book entitled Diversions. These cartoons, which originally ran from 1996-2006, cover topics including Florida politics, national politics, popular culture and the war in Iraq. Select cartoons were not donated and are not part of the collection.

Dates: Created: 1996-2006; Other: Date acquired: 12/00/2012

Edward Staples Cousins Smith Photograph Collection

 Collection
Identifier: S26
Abstract

Photographs of Tampa, St. Petersburg, Long Key, St. Augustine, Palm Beach, Pablo Beach and Nassau.

Dates: Created: 1904-1924