The Florida History & Genealogy Department at the John F. Germany Library celebrates Women’s History Month by recognizing the accomplishments of Mrs. Altamese Acosta Brodie and Mrs. Willie Mae Williams. Our table display highlights Mrs. Brodie who was the director of the Helping Hands Day Nursery and Kindergarten for 55 years and Mrs. Willie Mae Williams a WWII veteran and American Legion Commander.
The Centennial display primarily focuses on West Tampa, including the 1918 image of the West Tampa Free Public Library. Images of schools, churches, cigar factories, businesses, street scenes, social and recreational clubs, residential structures, and government agencies are part of the exhibition. In addition to the photographs, there are also a few documents regarding the history and the various openings of what is currently known as the West Tampa Branch Library. It is currently @ New Tampa Regional Library until March 30th.
1956 photograph of five African-American men attending the science exhibit. Though not identified as such by the photographer, these five gentlemen are probably outstanding educators that nurtured the children of the community. Pictured in the background are some science projects on various topics including one titled “Life Cycle of the Mosquito.” Courtesy of Burgert Brothers: (Negative No. F5942).
Though the photographer did not identify the film being shown, this intergenerational audience seems to be enjoying a Holiday treat in the winter evening of December 21, 1934. The projector’s lamp can be seen glowing from behind the crowd. Courtesy of Burgert Brothers: (Negative No. 37321).
1946 photograph of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity members with their fraternity seal. Founded in 1911, some of Tampa’s most prominent citizens are pictured here. [Front row, left to right: Garland V. Stewart, J. T. Brooks, Reche R. Williams, Grant B. Brimson. Back row: Wilson Lester, Hubert Dabney, John Henry Evans, Council Dixon, James Hargrett, Sr., Perman Williams.] Courtesy of Burgert Brothers: (Negative No. 60475).
The Burgert Brothers Photographic Collection has moved to a new electronic home. As of January 1st, images from this well-used and loved collection will be found living in a new software platform called Contentdm. This platform is designed specifically for images and other types of electronic content. Unlike our old library catalog arrangement, Contentdm provides helpful thumbnails of the images. Users are able to view a rotating carousel sampling of photos from the collection. New additions (or recently edited records) also have a featured location within the opening page. Commonly requested topics are listed on the opening page as well. We invite you to visit the Burgert Brothers Photographic Collection on the Tampa-Hillsborough County Digital Collections page and to explore the bells and whistles of this new database.