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USF Department of Anthropology African Americans in Florida project

Identifier: F49

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Scope and Contents

Contains oral histories, photographs, newspaper clippings, and research materials focusing on African American history in Florida between 1930 and 1980, with an emphasis on Tampa, FL.  Such topics as African American-owned businesses in Tampa, Reconstruction, segregation, and the Civil Rights era are covered.


  • Created: 1864 - 1998
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1930-1980


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

This collection consists of materials gathered by the University of South Florida (USF) Department of Anthropology to support its African Americans in Florida research project (1993-1994). The project-which included a study of Central Avenue, Tampa’s historic, African American business district-led to a number of public events and activities beginning in October 1994. The project was funded by the Florida Humanities Council, with additional support provided by the Tampa Bay History Center. USF Professors Susan Greenbaum and Cheryl Rodriguez contributed significantly to the project, along with former USF Anthropology student Geoffrey Mohlman, independent researcher Beverly Ward, and Ginger Barber. The majority of materials compiled for the project originally were created by and collected for the Black History of Tampa Project (1977-1978), a collaboration of the Tampa Urban League and the Hillsborough County Museum. A federally-funded initiative sponsored by the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA), project was directed by Otis Anthony. Other members of the project included Herbert Jones, Fred Beaton, Joyce Dyer, and Shirley Smith.

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8.22 Linear Feet

17.00 boxes

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Arrangement Note

Organized into the following series: 1) Research Materials 2) Oral History Tape Transcripts 3) News Clippings 4) Photographs 5) Correspondence 6) Oversized Materials Organized alphabetically or chronologically within each series.

Source of Acquisition

University of South Florida Department of Anthropology

Method of Acquisition


Related Materials

Moore, Jack. Study of Black Life in Tampa [“Raper” or “Mays” Report] Tampa Urban League, 1927. Copy in USF Floridiana Collection.

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NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) AAF (Army Air Forces) ANT (Anthropology course prefix) HIS (History course prefix) WPA (Works Progress Administration) SMSA (Standard Modern Statistical Area) AME (African Methodist Episcopal [Church])
USF Department of Anthropology African Americans in Florida project
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Repository Details

Part of the USF Libraries - Special Collections Repository

4202 East Fowler Ave.
Tampa FL 33620-5400 US