The African American Experience in Florida is a new collection by The University of South Florida Libraries.
Project leaders say they were paying attention to what happened last year when George Floyd was killed and the protests that followed across the country.
“As librarians, we have as our reasons for being, the collecting of materials. We organize them and collect them and share them and make them accessible to people,” said Todd Chavez, Dean of USF Libraries.
They wanted to use their talents and pull their resources together to create a meta-collection that could help provide context to the Black experience.
As the first consolidated university project in the libraries, the librarians all set on a process to gather the materials and organize the collections into six different themes.
- Black-owned businesses
- The community
- The arts
- General history