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Al Davis papers

Albert (“Al”) Davis’ involvement with the Tampa chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Hillsborough County School Board are documented in this collection.

Dates: 1960-2011
Extent: 47 boxes

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Public Address on Progress Village
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The Civil Rights Papers of Cody Fowler and Steven Lawson

Fowler’s and Lawson’s papers document Tampa’s Bi-Racial Committee, the city’s Commission on Community Relations, as well as the numerous issues faced by Tampa’s African American population in the 1960s and early 1970s.

Dates: 1960 – 1974
Extent: 3 linear feet (6 boxes)

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The Weekly Challenger photograph collection

The Weekly Challenger has documented the history of St. Petersburg’s African American community since the newspaper was established by Cleveland Johnson, Jr. in September 1967.

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The Weekly Challenger Newspaper

The Weekly Challenger has documented the history of St. Petersburg’s African American community since the newspaper was established by Cleveland Johnson, Jr. in September 1967.

Dates: 1973-2020

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Cover of the Florida Sentinel Bulletin newspaper
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Florida Sentinel Bulletin

Published since 1945, the Florida Sentinel Bulletin provides a unique perspective of the Black community’s history and highlights the social, political, cultural, and religious activities of African Americans in Tampa.

Dates: 1971-2018

Special Collections holds incomplete runs from 1971-2008; holdings from 1946-1970 are available on microfilm. Digital copies of the newspaper from 2007- 2010 can be found here. For detailed holdings information, click here.

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Progress Village Community
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Progress Village records

These records outline the planning and construction of the Progress Village community in Hillsborough County, Florida.

Dates: 1957 – 1977
Extent: 2.25 linear (3 boxes)

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Gibbs High coach and team
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Neighborhood News photographic collection

Of the 64 images in this collection, many were published in the African American news section of the St. Petersburg Times during the 1940s and 1950s.

Dates: ca. 1948-1951
Extent: 1 box

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The Jackson Rooming House

The Jackson Rooming House in downtown Tampa, Florida is the last of an era of homes used as segregated boarding structures for African Americans before the 1965 Civil Rights Act.  The house, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was constructed in stages from circa 1901 to 1920. USF Libraries Digital Heritage and Humanities Collections, in partnership with the Tampa Bay History Center, created this 3D pointcloud for joint digital preservation and exhibition efforts.

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Citrus Park Colored School
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Citrus Park Colored School collection

The materials in this collection were assembled to document the historical and cultural role of the Citrus Park Colored School, which operated from 1925 to 1948.

Dates: 1921-1966
Extent: 2 boxes

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James and Joanna Tokley papers

The papers in this collection document the numerous accomplishments of renowned Tampa poet E. James Tokley and former chief executive officer of the Tampa Urban League Joanna Tokley.

Dates: 1920-2010
Extent: 18 boxes

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