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Bobby Smith photograph collection

Identifier: MS-2009-01
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Mary VanderWall and her friends seated in a booth
Bobby Smith and Mary VanderWall wearing matching shirts

Scope and Contents

This collection primarily consists of photographs taken by Bobby Smith in the 1950s and 60s. Included alongside this collection is a set of notes from Dr. David Johnson's 2008 interview with Bobby Smith and Kay Thompson.


  • Created: 1945 - 1980


Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions.  The contents of this collection may be subject to copyright.  Visit the United States Copyright Office's website at for more information.


1.25 Linear Feet

5 boxes

Language of Materials



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.

Arrangement Note

Series arranged by format

Digitization Information

Selected items from this collection have been digitized and are available online through USF Libraries' Digital Collections. Click here for access.

Related Materials

Donald L. Bentz Collection, Special Collections Department, Tampa Library, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.

Related Publications

“Tampa’s first girl messenger gives boys fun in handling job,” Tampa Tribune, November 26, 1942.

Bobby Smith photograph collection
ca. 2009
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Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2010: CW.
  • 2021: AB, Revised collection name and pronouns.
  • 2021: EF, Reorganized collection and updated language at the folder level to better reflect the contents of the collection.
  • 2012: KA; MMcE

Repository Details

Part of the USF Libraries - Special Collections Repository

4202 East Fowler Ave.
Tampa FL 33620-5400 US