What lies within our archives?

Tampa celebrates Archives Awareness Week July 12 – 18

Franklin StreetRecognizing 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 organized and curated by City of Tampa Archives and Records Manager, Jennifer Dietz.

TWO opportunities to experience ‘More than Cigars: The Hidden History of Planning & Growth in Tampa

Antique Photo ChildAs part of the Archive Awareness Week program, our own Project Manager, Terry Eagan, will present an informative program on the growth of Tampa and Hillsborough County in the 19th and 20th Centuries. This historical journey will includes 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.

Please join us in the Planning Commission Library on the 18th floor of the County Center, as we explore the hidden history of planning and growth in Tampa and Hillsborough County on either of these days:

Monday, July 13 at 2:00 pm or

Wednesday, July 22 at 11:30a

Brown bag lunches welcome.