In my various capacities serving in archives, special collections, and academic departments, I have worked to collect, preserve, and promote diverse histories and experiences. The projects and collections shown below are just a few of the many collections that I have had the privilege to work on.
From 2013-2014 I co-created oral histories with LGBT Floridians. The project, under my direction, sought to document and preserve gay and lesbian experience. I worked closely with the University of South Florida library to ensure that the interviews were housed in an appropriate repository and easily accessible to the communities from which they came. In … Continue reading Tampa LGBT Oral History Project
Under the direction of Dr. Rebecca Conard, and in collaboration with James Walker Library at Middle Tennessee State University, I worked as a research assistant on the Freedman’s Bureau of Tennessee Digital Collection. The purpose and goal of this initiative was to make accessible documents pertaining to the beginning of African American education in the … Continue reading Freedman’s Bureau Digital Collection
In the Spring of 2011 I curated a selection of photographs from the Rex Maniscalco Collection of Bobby Smith Photographs to be digitized and made available to researchers online. The collection contains images taken by lesbian/trans photographer, Bobby Smith, who captured the LGBT community and culture in Tampa, Florida. The collection contains photographs taken from … Continue reading Bobby Smith Photographs
Under direction of Dr. Martha Norkunas, I contributed to the African American Oral History Project in the fall of 2011. I co-created oral history interviews. I was responsible for transcription, final edits, interview abstracts, teacher questions and corresponding audio excerpts. To learn more about Dr. Norkunas’ oral history research with African Americans in the South, … Continue reading African American Oral History Project
The International Bathhouse Collection contains ephemera, brochures, leaflets, advertisements, and magazines clippings from bathhouses in both the United States and abroad. This is a fascinating collection curated by a private donor. To access this collection at the University of South Florida Library Special Collection.
The Rex Maniscalco Collection contains photographs, negatives, and VHS recordings pertaining to Tampa’s LGBT culture and community. The collection reflects the development of a national visibility of gay and lesbian lives throughout the 1990s and early 2000s more generally. It is comprised of photographs of the LGBT community taken by Rex Maniscalco from the 1980s … Continue reading The Rex Maniscalco Collection
The Metro Wellness Photograph Collection is comprised of hundreds of images that document the social, cultural, and political activities of the LGBT community in the greater Tampa Bay area. It contains images related to AIDS activism and remembrance, gay and lesbian choruses, pride parades, film festivals, 1993 March on Washington, the Tampa Bay Business Guild, … Continue reading Metro Wellness Photograph Collection