African American Experience in Florida
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Exhibiting Tampa’s African American History

The Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Public Library in Ybor City, Tampa, Florida features an impressive array of museum-style displays and vibrant public art after the facility was renovated recently. With…

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Washington Family papers

This collection documents both business and personal transactions of the Washington family, with particular emphasis on items created or used by Sam Washington, Mary Washington, and Mary L. Washington. Dates:…

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Federal Writers Project folders
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Conscious Editing

Archives and library professionals have been taking a closer look at their descriptive practices, with an eye toward reducing and eliminating offensive, derogatory, and outdated language and enhancing access to…

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African American Experience in the U.S. Digital Collection

The African American Experience in the U.S. (AAEUS) collection is one facet of the USF Libraries collection initiative to bring together resources that capture the rich history of research and discourse…

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Francisco Rodriguez, Jr.: Ybor City’s Champion of Equal Opportunity

On July 28, 1868, US Secretary of State William Seward announced that the Fourteenth Amendment had been ratified. Three years after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery, the Fourteenth nullified the…

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Independence Day Dissent

Readers of the July 4, 1998, edition of The Weekly Challenger were confronted with a bracing front-page headline: “Independence Day Has Little Meaning to African-Americans.” “July 4th is a precious…

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Tampa Chapter of The Links, Incorporated

The Links, Incorporated is an international, not-for-profit corporation established in 1946, whose membership consists of more than 16,000 professional women of color. The Tampa Chapter of The Links, Incorporated was chartered in 1987. Collection items include documents and history from each of the 12 chapter presidents, as well as scrapbooks, speeches, newsletters, and photographs.

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Snow Family papers

The contents of the collection include correspondence, financial records, and business records dating from 1826 to 1873, and include original transaction records for the sale of enslaved people.

Dates: 1826-1873
Extent: 1 linear ft. (2 boxes)

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Marti-Maceo club flyer
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Sociedad la Unión Martí Maceo records

La Sociedad la Uníon Martí-Maceo was founded in 1900 by Cuban immigrants of African descent. The records of this mutual aid society include organizational papers, speeches, and a small array of publications.

Dates: 1902-1964
Extent: 15 linear feet (18 boxes)

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Photo of Ernest Ponder
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Ernest Ayer Ponder collection

Ernest Ponder was a teacher at Gibbs High School (St. Petersburg, FL) between 1945 and 1969. This collection, donated by Ponder’s wife Clara M. Ponder, includes family documents, articles, speeches, and publications produced by Pinellas County Schools.

Dates: ca. 1950s-1990s
Extent: 2 boxes, 1 scrapbook, and 1 folder of oversized materials

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