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Nelson Poynter Memorial Library -- Catalogs; Florida -- Archival resources; Archives -- Florida -- Catalogs; Temple Terrace (Fla.); Newspapers -- Florida -- Temple Terrace; Journalism and Media Studies Provenance; Local and Regional History Provenance


For many years, the Temple Terrace Public Library maintained copies of the Temple Terrace Beacon. This local publication, first published in 1931, focused on news and events in the City of Temple Terrace as well as the surrounding University community. Kelsey Peduzzi, a librarian at the Temple Terrace Public Library, embarked on a project to scan and digitize issues of the newspaper in the library’s possession. After this successful project led to the creation of a digital archive of more than 800 issues of the newspaper on the Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative’s digital collections webpage, the library decided that it no longer wished to maintain the paper issues. Given the focus of Journalism, Media Studies, Florida Studies, and other liberal arts disciplines offered at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, Peduzzi arranged for the transfer of these newspapers in February 2017 to the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library. The issues in this collection offer an excellent portrait of community-based journalism over a period of nearly 30 years between 1978 and 2008.

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