City of Tampa to Release Two Newly Digitized Historic Photo Collections
As part of its annual Archives Awareness Week, the City of Tampa’s Archives and Records Division will be releasing two recently digitized historic photographic collections to the public. These photo collections have never been shown beyond the City of Tampa’s archives, and were not previously available digitally. Similar to the iconic Burgert Brothers photographic collection, these collections will serve as an important historical resource to both citizens and researchers. In collaboration with the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library, the photographic collections will be available online and can be accessed on this web site: http://digitalcollections.hcplc.org/digital/
The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Collection was donated to the City of Tampa in 1994 by Tampa Historical Society. It contains more than 30,000 images of events in Tampa from about 1950 until 1990. Many local elected officials and other dignitaries are featured in this collection.
The Tampa Photo Supply Collection includes more than 50,000 images taken by local photographers Rose Rutigliano Weekley and Joseph Scolaro from 1940 until 1990. The collection primarily focuses on West Tampa, Ybor City, and South Tampa. Tampa Photo Supply’s photographers captured many pivotal life events such as graduations and weddings, as well as scenes from daily life in Tampa.
Both collections are currently in the process of being digitized, and at this time, there are about 1,000 photographs available online from each collection. More photographs are being added daily, and will be an invaluable resource to the public.
A preview of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Collection, as well as the Tampa Photo Supply Collection, will take place at a program on Monday, July 10th, at 3:00p.m. in Old City Hall’s City Council Chambers. This program will celebrate Tampa’s 130th birthday and is free and open to the public.
The release of the historic photographic collections is part of the City of Tampa’s annual Archives Awareness Week, which was established in 1992 by the City of Tampa Archives Advisory Committee. During this week, local archivists and history enthusiasts 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. For more information, please visit: https://www.tampagov.net/aaw
For additional information, please contact:
Ashley Bauman, Public Affairs Director