Cycling Through History: Tampa’s Archives Awareness Week

The City of Tampa is celebrating Archives Awareness Week with exhibits taking place at local archives throughout the week of July 9, 2017 – 15, 2017 (also the city’s 130th birthday).

As well as a busy program of events, some 30,000 photos of daily life have been made available to the public for the first time. An intriguing portrait of Tampa Bay living across several decades, the digitized collections can be viewed here. A mere highlight, we’re selected a few of our favorite cycling snapshots. You’ll find a list of scheduled events below, too.

W. J. Rowe's Bicycle Emporium, which opened on Florida Avenue in 1898. Courtesy, Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System.

W. J. Rowe’s Bicycle Emporium, which opened on Florida Avenue in 1898. Courtesy, Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System.

A 1949 bicycle contest with Mr. Wilson, Roosevelt School, and Orange Grove School. Courtesy of the City of Tampa Archives and Records Division.

A 1949 bicycle contest with Mr. Wilson, Roosevelt School, and Orange Grove School. Courtesy of the City of Tampa Archives and Records Division.

Paperboy Tampa History

A paperboy delivering newspapers by bike in 1946. Courtesy, Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System.

Women Bikes Tampa History

A group of ladies cycling on the corner Crescent and Lafayette Streets, opposite Lafayette Arcade and Park Theatre, in 1943.

Scheduled Archives Awareness Week events

  • Exhibits will be held all week long at the Tampa Bay History Center, Tampa Museum of Art, John F. Germany Public Library, Henry B. Plant Museum, Ybor City Museum State Park, Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Library, and Old City Hall.
  • On Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 12:30pm., the Tampa Bay History Center will have a program, The History of Tampa, tracing Tampa’s history from its beginnings as a frontier outpost to the vibrant city that it is today. Coffee and cookies will be served.
  • On Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 10:30am., the Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Library will have a program on African American genealogy followed by a tour of the library.
  • On Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 2:00pm., librarians at the University of South Florida Libraries Special Collections will show off a newly-acquired collection of vintage glass slides. Join them for a lantern slide show and a display of other visual materials.
  • On Friday, July 14, 2017 at 11:00am., the Tampa Bay History Center will have a program, Cuba en Tampa: The Many Generations, featuring Maura Barrios. This photo essay will show the historic and cultural connection of Tampa Bay with Cuba.
  • On Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 10:30 am., the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library will offer a program on photo identification in genealogy followed by an 11:30am. lecture by Rodney Kite-Powell, Curator of History at the Tampa Bay History Center, on Tampa’s cigar industry. Cake will be served to celebrate Tampa’s 130th birthday.