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B.P. Brown Enterprises collection

Identifier: MS-1994-02
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Scope and Contents

This collection, which chronicles African American history in the Tampa Bay area, consists of materials produced by Betty P. Brown Wiggins and B.P. Brown Enterprises, Inc. for churches, schools, businesses, clubs, and fraternities and sororities. Souvenir program books, calendars, brochures, invitations, wedding programs, church offering envelopes, letterheads, stationary, business cards, funeral announcements, and advertising for Bethal Community Baptist Church, Middleton Senior High, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, the National Council of Negro Women, the Tampa Housing Authority, and others are also included.


  • Created: 1984 - 1994
  • Other: 1994


Conditions Governing Access

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

Biographical or Historical Information

Betty P. Brown Wiggings was the president and owner of the printing company B.P. Brown Enterprises, Inc. Located at 5204 N. 34th Street in East Tampa, B.P. Brown Enterprises, Inc. printed church histories and programs, wedding invitations, annuals, stationery, and other documents for Tampa's Black community for 10 years.

Wiggins earned a bachelor's degree in English from Florida A&M University and a master's degree in Education from the University of South Florida. In 1998, she was selected by Tampa City Council to complete the remaining term of Councilman Joe Greco upon his appointment as Hillsborough County Tax Collector. Wiggins received numberous awards and honors for outstanding public volunteer service and for leadership roles in community organizations.


8.82 Linear Feet

21 boxes

Language of Materials



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.

Source of Acquisition

Betty Brown Wiggins

Method of Acquisition


Related Publications

"Collection chronicles black life." Inside USF. September 22-October 5, 1995. 5.

Campisi, Natalie. "Collection becomes more than a hobby." USF Oracle. 1.

Connolly, Kevin P. "Treasure in print." Tampa Bay Times. October 6, 2005.

Parker, Karlayne R. "Everyday history." Tampa Tribune. September 23, 1995. 1.

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Repository Details

Part of the USF Libraries - Special Collections Repository

4202 East Fowler Ave.
Tampa FL 33620-5400 US