Archives Awareness Week: July 12-18, 2015

About Archives Awareness Week:

Recognizing the need to document and preserve the development and unique heritage of Tampa and its government, the City of Tampa Archives was founded in 1987. Archives Awareness Week was established in 1992 by the City of Tampa Archives Advisory Committee. During this week, local archives come together to present their collections through exhibits and programs that convey the value of archives in the identification, preservation and conservation of historic records. Archives and Records is a division of the City Clerk's Office. Click on the link below to read our brochure  for more detailed information.

Archives Awareness Week Brochure July 12-18, 2015

Exhibits for 2015

Admission fees may be charged to view museum exhibits.

Old City Hall and Tampa's City Council

Tampa Changing

Sister Cities Showcase Presented  by Tampa Sister

Cities Committee, Inc.

City Hall • 315 East Kennedy Boulevard

Passionate Design: The American Arts & Crafts Movement

Henry B. Plant Museum • 401 West Kennedy Boulevard 

Tampa City Hall through the Lens of the Burgert Brothers

John F. Germany Public Library, Florida History and Genealogy Library • 900 North Ashley Drive

 St. Augustine at 450: A Look at the Oldest European City in the U.S.

Tampa Bay History Center • 801 Old Water Street 

Ybor City Immigration:1886-1930

Ybor City's Mutual Aid Societies

Ybor City Museum State Park • 1818 East Ninth Avenue

 The American Spirit: Painting and Sculpture from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art

In Living Color: Andy Warhol and Contemporary Printmaking from the Collections of Jordan  D.

Schnitzer and his Family Foundation 

The Classical World: Selections from the Permanent Collection

Tampa Museum of Art, Cornelia Corbett Center

120 West Gasparilla Plaza 


All programs are free of charge. 

More than Cigars: the Hidden History of Planning and Growth in Tampa

Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission

Monday, July 13, 2015 • 2 p.m.

601 East Kennedy Boulevard, 18th Floor

 Planning Commission Project Manager Terry Eagan will present an informative program on the growth of Tampa and Hillsborough County in the 19th and 2oth Centuries. This historical journey will include an overview of West Tampa vs. Ybor City as documented by the Dillingham Immigration Commission. You'll take a look at child labor as part of Tampa's economic engine in the early 20th century; the original redlining of Tampa's neighborhoods; lost opportunities for planned development with the Simons Plans, including an early draft of the Riverwalk and Olmsted's plans for Tampa; missed opportunities at city-county consolidation and the decades long struggle for Home Rule in Hillsborough County.

Afternoon Tea and Tour

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 • 3:30 p.m.

Henry B. Plant Museum • 401West Kennedy Boulevard

 Drop by for a cool afternoon tea on the veranda and an architectural tour of the 1891 Moorish Revival Tampa  Bay Hotel veranda with Architectural Historian Jose Gelats. Mini tours  of the Museum  will also be given by Curators  Heather  Brown &c Susan Carter to see the  new exhibit,  Passionate  Design:The American Arts &c Crafts Movement. Free parking across from the Museum at edge of Plant Park or in the Thomas Parking garage on North Boulevard & North B Streets.

Tampa City Council and

Old City Hall Centennial Celebration

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 • 4 p.m.

City Hall, Council Chambers  • 315 East Kennedy Boulevard

 It's the City of Tampa's birthday! Join  us for a celebration of our City Council and  the Centennial of Old City Hall. Bryan Weinstein from Tampa Changing will share historic Tampa photos with their present day counterparts. Current and former council members will speak about their time in office. Program attendees will receive copies of a brand new publication, The City Council of Tampa and Celebration of Old City Hall's Centennial, and may have their photos taken with a special  City Hall display  from  the Greater Florida LEGO Users Group. A reception with refreshments in the Mascotte Room will immediately follow this program. 

Down the Rabbit Hole: From the Sublime to the Bizarre in USF Special Collections

Thursday, July 16, 2015 • 1p.m.

USF Special Collections • 4202 East Fowler Avenue, 4th Floor

A new collection of materials related to Lewis Carroll and Alice in Wonderland will be discussed and displayed alongside many other treasures from the USF Libraries Special Collections department. 

Friends of the Riverwalk Historical Monument Trail Concept Unveiling

Friday, July 17, 2015 • 10 a.m.

Tampa Bay History Center • 801 Old Water Street

 Join the Friends of the Riverwalk as we reveal concepts for three monuments slated for Tampa's Historical Monument Trail celebrating transformational events that shaped modern Tampa. 

If They Could Talk: What Your Photos and Books

Want You to Know about Preservation

Friday, July 17, 2015 • 10:30 a.m.

John F. Germany Public library, Florida History and

Genealogy library • 900 North Ashley Drive

 Please join us for a 50 minute program on the basics of handling, storing, and preservation of books and photographs. We will discuss the materials and processes required for the long term care of these materials, and also briefly address some areas of book repair. 

Founders' Rest:  Early Tampa Civic Leaders at Oaklawn Cemetery

Historic Guides

Saturday, July 18, 2015 • 9:30 a.m.

Oaklawn Cemetery • 600 East Harrison Street

 Tampa remained a roughly organized village from its founding  until the first decade of the twentieth century, when it finally emerged from 'frontier' status. During those years, a handful of civic leaders changed the village into a city, using vision, resourcefulness. and sheer grit. Many of those leaders found a final resting place at Oaklawn Cemetery, Tampa's first public burying ground, circa 1850. Their graves and the stories attached to them display the city's always difficult, often moving, and sometimes hilarious passage to modernity. Maureen Patrick will guide visitors on the one-hour 'Founders' Rest' walking tour. Patrick. is a native Tampan and holds an MA in Cultural History. She is Immediate Past President of Tampa Historical Society, Inc. and is well known for her scholarly work in historic cemeteries.