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Al Severson photographic collection

Identifier: MS-2003-01
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Scope and Contents

The collection consists of more than 400 black and white photographs taken by Al Severson.  Many are assignment photos that were taken in Tampa for Burgert Brothers; others feature Severson's fiance Vivian Spring and actress Colleen Moore, as well as sports figures and athletes. Initially comprising of six albums and scrapbooks, the albums and scrapbooks have been unbound and discarded due to preservation concerns.


  • Created: 1924 - 1928
  • Other: Date acquired: 11/10/2003


Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical or Historical Information

Alvin H. "Al" Severson (1898 - 1981) was a photographer for Burgert Brothers, a commercial photography studio that worked primarily in the Tampa Bay area.  In the 1940s, Severson became part owner of Burgert Brothers after Al Burgert retired and sold the business to his nephew, Thel Burgert, and Severson.  In the 1950s, Severson became the sole owner of the company upon Thel Burgert's departure.  The studio continued to operate as Burgert Brothers until Severson's retirement in 1963.


1.67 Linear Feet

4 boxes

Language of Materials



A collection of photographs from Al Severson of Burgert Brothers, a commercial photography studio.

Arrangement Note

This collection is arranged by material type: 1. Photographs

Source of Acquisition

Charles G. Mullen, Jr. and Leland Hawes

Method of Acquisition


Related Materials

Burgert Brothers Collection of Tampa Photographs, Special Collections Department, Tampa Library, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.

Jack B. Moore papers, Special Collections Department, Tampa Library, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.

Related Publications

Smith, Noel M. Beyond Nostalgia: Photographs from the Burgert Brothers Collection, 1920-1960. , 1995. Print.

Snyder, Robert E, and Jack B. Moore. Pioneer Commercial Photography: The Burgert Brothers, Tampa, Florida. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 1992. Print.

Al Severson photographic collection
Kevin Arms, 2013
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Repository Details

Part of the USF Libraries - Special Collections Repository

4202 East Fowler Ave.
Tampa FL 33620-5400 US