The Armwood Family papers consist of professional and personal documents, including correspondence, photographs and other articles of historical significance, regarding this prominent Tampa family. Of particular interest are collection items related to Blanche Armwood, a pioneer African American educator whose achievements included establishing domestic science schools for black women and girls, serving as the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Negro Schools, co-founding the Tampa Urban League, and organizing numerous clubs and organizations dedicated to the betterment of the community. Other members of the Armwood family included Levin Armwood, Jr., Hillsborough County’s first African American deputy sheriff, and Walter Armwood, who owned and operated the first African American-owned drugstore in Tampa.
Dates: 1866 – 1991
Extent: 15.5 linear feet (14 boxes)