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Jazz in Florida

Jazz in Florida

Jazz music emerged in the late 19th and early 20th centuries utilizing a variety of musical devices, including improvisation, polyrhythms, and syncopation. In Florida, Jazz groups (musicians and listeners) play an important role in the local music scene. In the early years of jazz music, venues consisted of mainly nightclubs and dance halls. By the 1940’s and 1950’s Jazz was at its height in popularity. Public interest declined around the same time, in part due to the changes in mainstream music, specifically the birth of rock and roll. Today jazz music is performed in a variety of venues and contexts, a mixture of nightclubs, restaurants, theaters, and music festivals. This exhibit explores the function of Jazz in Florida from its emergence in the early 20th century until today. Including historical narratives and legal accounts of the music and dancing scenes in the Tampa Bay area.

We Wanted Some Basic Human Rights: The Civil Rights Struggle in Tampa

We Wanted Some Basic Human Rights: The Civil Rights Struggle in Tampa

This web exhibition examines the history of the Civil Rights Movement in Tampa and its environs. It utilizes documents located in the Special Collections Division of the USF Tampa library. This exhibition was produced during a Spring 2016 seminar on the Civil Rights Movement, taught by Dr. K. Stephen Prince of the USF history department. Students consulted more than fifteen archival collections housed in the USF Tampa Library, selecting a representative sample of documents to reproduce here. Short analytical headnotes will guide readers through the narrative. Links to the documents are also provided.

500 Years of Discovering Florida

500 Years of Discovering Florida

This exhibit was prepared by eleven students for an Honors College class “Major Works/Ideas” in the Spring of 2012. Under the supervision of librarian-instructor Andy Huse, each student’s assignment was to present an aspect of Florida’s history or culture using only materials from USF Tampa Library’s Special Collections. The summary below is culled from their written introduction. “In this exhibit, we will explore the history of what is now the state of Florida, including the culture of the Indian tribes that predated European presence by thousands of years, the technological advances that allowed the peninsula’s population and economy to develop into one of the largest of the 50 states, and the development of the tourism industry (and other related fields) that became the state’s trademark into the 21st century. We will present a narrative of Florida’s development based on historical photos and documents, as well as modern texts and accounts of the state’s history.”

Florida Digital Postcards Exhibit

Florida Digital Postcards Exhibit

The Florida Digital Postcard exhibit is a curated presentation of the digitized images from The Hampton Dunn Florida Postcard collection housed in the University of South Florida Libraries Special Collections. An output of the first stage in the full-scale digitization of the collection, this exhibit features over three hundred postcards on Hillsborough County. Drawn mostly from the first half of the twentieth century (and many from the Golden Age of Postcards), the images bring to view the streets, waterways, industry and society from the founding of modern Tampa. The exhibit provides a visual history of significant events and everyday life, of buildings and travel, of nostalgia and progress that characterized Florida. Inscribed with brief narratives of correspondents, the cards record the voices of travelers, businessmen, separated friends and family who passed through this place in history. Filled with alligators and airplanes, palm trees and bridges, the postcards raise questions about how people approached this exotic and fruitful land in the days before air conditioning. The cards invite us to join them in the past and re-envision the place we inhabit now.

Sites that Speak: Mapping Performing Arts Spaces in Spanish Miami

Sites that Speak: Mapping Performing Arts Spaces in Spanish Miami

Sites that Speak is a multimodal publication that focuses on the development of Spanish theater in Miami through the re-search of its performing spaces from 1959 to 1980. It maps– literally and figuratively– the development of Spanish theater from garages to warehouses, from Teatro Martí –a Ku Klux Klan meeting space in the 40s– to the Gables Cinematheque, previous home of Teatro Avante. By doing a deep cultural mapping of Spanish theater in Miami, I demonstrate the ways in which claiming a space as a theatrical space, in addition to adding to the cultural development of our city, has contributed to the survival of theater as an art form, as intangible cultural heritage of a community in the making. In so doing, I also analyze the economic and socio-political transformation of the different communities that have contributed to the transformation of Miami into a global city.

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