City of Tampa

Historical Documents

  • A Centennial History of Ybor City - The Fall/Winter 1985 issue of Tampa Bay History magazine focused on Ybor City's colorful history and characters.
  • Army Life in Tampa during the Spanish-American War: A Photographic Essay - A collection of candid photographs taken by one of the soldiers stationed in Tampa during the Spanish-American War. Excerpt from the Fall/Winter 1987 issue of Tampa Bay History magazine.
  • Bayshore Boulevard: A Brief Look at Its Historic Past - Article from the November 1994 issue of The Sunland Tribune, journal of the Tampa Historical Society, about the history of Bayshore Boulevard.
  • Branchton Community History - Excerpt from the Hillsborough County Historic Resources Survey Report; description of a community at one time called Branchton located in northeast Hillsborough County, just south of the Pasco County line on Morris Bridge Road near Indian Creek.
  • Concise Natural History of East and West Florida, A - This 1775 document from Bernard Romans, an earlier explorer of Florida, describes the indigenous people that he encountered and the environments in which they lived.
  • Florida Cigars: Artistry, Labor, and Politics in Florida's Oldest Industry - A collection of historic photographs highlighting the cigar industry in Tampa and throughout Florida, each with explanatory text.
  • Florida Historical Markers Programs – Marker: Hillsborough - List of historical markers in Hillsborough County, including Plant City, Tampa, Ruskin & Ybor City. For each marker, location, city and description is given.
  • Hillsborough County History - A one-page history of Hillsborough County.
  • John T. Lesley: Tampa's Pioneer Renaissance Man - Biography of John T. Lesley, one of the most influential first settlers of Tampa, from his birth in 1835 to his death in 1913.
  • Photo: Gandy Bridge in 1930 - Photograph of toll booth and historical information on the Gandy Bridge, which was dedicated in November 1924.
  • Prohibition in Tampa - Excerpt from Tampa Bay History magazine describing the Prohibition Era in the City of Tampa.
  • Remembering Ybor City: The life and work of Jose Yglesias
  • Reminiscences of Capt. James McKay, Jr.
  • Sneaky, Cowardly Enemy: Tampa's Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1887-88, A - Describes the effects of Yellow Fever on Tampa not only including the local population but how it also affected travellers to & from Tampa during the epidemic. Excerpt from the Fall/Winter 1986 issue of Tampa Bay History magazine.
  • Tampa & the Coming of the Railroad, 1853-1884 - Narrative discussing the trials & tribulations Tampa went through to have a railroad built through the 1850s & 1860s & how the leadership of Henry B. Plant finally brought the railroad to Tampa in the 1880s. Excerpt from the Nov. 1991 issue of The Sunland Tribune, journal of the Tampa Historical Society.
  • Tampa and the Spanish Civil War - This excerpt from the Fall/Winter 1997 issue of Tampa Bay History magazine has five articles about the effect of the Spanish Civil War on Tampa residents, including photos illustrating the events that occured in Tampa during the civil unrest in Spain in the 1930s.
  • Tampa at 1948 - This excerpt from Vol. XXV of The Sunland Tribune, published in 1999 by the Tampa Historical Society, details the effects of world affairs on Tampa residents during the tumultuous years following WWII. By Dr. Gary Mormino.
  • Tampa at Midcentury: 1950 - This excerpt from Vol. XXVI of The Sunland Tribune, published in 2000 by the Tampa Historical Society, describes how the city of Tampa grew in the 1950s in population, business & how Hillsborough County's growth affected Tampa. By Dr. Gary Mormino.
  • Tampa at the Turn of the Century: 1899 - This article, published in Vol. XXV of The Sunland Tribune by the Tampa Historical Society in 1999, recaps the significant events that transpired in Tampa in the late 1890s to the early twentieth century. By Leland M. Hawes, Jr.
  • Tampa Heights: Tampa's First Residential Suburb - This excerpt from Vol. IV, No. 1 of The Sunland Tribune, published in 1978 by the Tampa Historical Society, describes the residential & neighborhood community setting of Tampa Heights in the late 1800s including a biography about the man responsible for developing the neighborhood, William Benton Henderson. By Marston C. Leonard.
  • Tampa Preservation, Inc. - Motto: “Saving yesterday for tomorrow”
  • Tampa's Early Lighting and Transportation - This article, an excerpt from Vol. XVII of The Sunland Tribune, published in 1991 by the Tampa Historical Society, explains how electricity was first brought and used in Tampa around the 1880s, including how it changed transportation to include the trolley or the "electric street railway". By Arsenio M. Sanchez.
  • University of South Florida, History and Traditions - The University of South Florida was founded in 1956. These pages recount its major milestones and list its traditions and annual celebrations.
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