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Black Culinary Traditions in Tampa

The menu of African American Tampans was remarkably resilient, preserved in part by the celebration of “soul food” and Black pride, both of which flowered in the 1960s and 1970s.

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Federal Writers Project records

The Federal Writers project (FWP) was begun in 1935 as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration (WPA) and continued until 1942 when funding was diverted for WWII…

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Expanding Access to the Bank of America Black American Music Collection

Music by J. Eubie Blake The USF Libraries’ Bank of America Black American Music Collection, commonly referred to as the African American Sheet Music Collection, was acquired in 1988. Approximately…

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Booker T. Washington High School

Excelsior:  the senior class annual of Booker T. Washington High School.  Floridiana Collection, USF Libraries – Tampa Special Collections, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.  The first graduating class (1927)…

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Black Women Anti-Violence Activists Display at the USF Tampa Library

In honor of Black History Month and Women’s History Month, the USF Tampa Library has partnered with the USF Center for Victim Advocacy & Violence Prevention to create an interactive…

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Researching the History of Florida’s African American Newspapers

It has been almost a year since a team of us here at the USF Libraries launched the African American Experience in Florida (AAE) portal. One of the best parts…

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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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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a closer look at their descriptive practices, with an eye toward reducing and eliminating offensive, derogatory, and outdated language and enhancing access to…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 US Digital Collection

The African American Experience in the U.S. (AAEUS) collection brings together research and scholarly works from different collections across the Digital Commons repository, with the majority of works coming from three…

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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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