Black-Owned Businesses

The Black-owned Business collection consists of the B. P. Brown Enterprises collection and DuPree Press collection. Containing printed ephemera such as souvenir books, church programs, pageant programs, newsletters and funeral programs, this collection presents the everyday lives of Tampa’s African American community through printed materials.  Consisting of primary resources, this collection represents many of Tampa Bay’s black organizations including its churches, police officers, university alumni and women.

Black-Owned Business Collections

Betty P. Brown Wiggins

B.P. Brown Enterprises collection

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The B.P. Brown Enterprises collection documents the history of African American families and churches in Tampa, Florida as represented through publications produced by the printing company.

Dates: 1984 – 1994
Extent: 12 linear feet (21 boxes)

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Banquet brochure from the DuPree Press Collection

DuPree Press collection

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The DuPree Press collection consists of brochures, announcements, catalogs, and other publications printed by the DuPree Press for Black and African American organizations in the Tampa Bay area.

Dates: 1958-1994
Extent: 2 linear feet (5 boxes)

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The Jackson Rooming House

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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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