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Armando Mendez papers

Identifier: MS-2002-04
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Scope and Contents

The collection consists mostly of photographs collected by Mendez, along with newspaper clippings surrounding major events. There are also several articles about this period in West Tampa history. In addition to the main body of the collection, there are also 35 mm slides, audio recordings of radio broadcasts, and VHS tapes of news reports on Tampa history.


  • Created: 1895-1996
  • Other: Date acquired: 12/26/2002


Conditions Governing Access

None.  The contents of this collection may be subject to copyright.  Visit the United States Copyright Office's website at more information.


3.2 Linear Feet

9 boxes

Language of Materials



The collection consists of the organized materials left behind by Armando Mendez following his research for his book Ciudad De Cigars: West Tampa (1994). The materials cover the tobacco industry and provide information and photographs relating to dozens of factories representing dozens of companies. There are also materials related to West Tampa historic places and people, such as former mayors, schools, and churches.

Source of Acquisition

Frank and Carmen Mendez Putrow

Method of Acquisition


Related Publications

Mendez, A. (1994). Ciudad de cigars: West Tampa. Tampa, FL: Florida Historical Society. Steffy, J. M. (1975). The Cuban immigrants of Tampa, Florida, 1886-1898. Tampa, Fla. Keene, J. L. (July 01, 1957). Gavino Gutierrez and His Contributions to Tampa. The Florida Historical Quarterly, 36, 1, 33-41.

Armando Mendez papers
Justin M. White
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Repository Details

Part of the USF Libraries - Special Collections Repository

4202 East Fowler Ave.
Tampa FL 33620-5400 US