At the turn of the 20th century, Tampa’s medical facilities for its African American population were so minimal that nurse Clara Frye took it upon herself to open a black hospital in her home in 1908.  By the time this newspaper ad ran in 1915, she was training other nurses.  The City of Tampa did not help much until acquiring property for a larger facility in 1928. Two tears after her death in 1936, the City opened Clara Frye Memorial Hospital in West Tampa to serve the black community.  Although medical facilities were integrated in the 1950s, the hospital did not close until 1967.

At the turn of the 20th century, Tampa’s medical facilities for its African American population were so minimal that nurse Clara Frye took it upon herself to open a black hospital in her home in 1908.  By the time this newspaper ad ran in 1915, she was training other nurses.  The City of Tampa did not help much until acquiring property for a larger facility in 1928. Two tears after her death in 1936, the City opened Clara Frye Memorial Hospital in West Tampa to serve the black community.  Although medical facilities were integrated in the 1950s, the hospital did not close until 1967.

Thanks to the generosity of Bruce and Suzie Kovner, Special Collections acquired a copy of the Pennyroyal Caxton Press Bible. Designed and illustrated by Barry Moser, this Bible was issued in two cases (top left). It was printed by Bradley Hutchinson on Zerkall Bible paper. The type was designed by Matthew Carter, and it was inspired by 16th century letterforms.

Our copy is #228 of 400 copies published by the Pennyroyal Caxton Press in 1999. Volume one includes the five books of Moses, the historical books and the books of poetry. Volume two contains the books of prophecy and the New Testament.

Visit the reading room and see it for yourself today!

On this day in 1990, Sue the Tyrannosaurus Rex was discovered. In honor of her 24th birthday, I found this book-cum-board game:

Discovering Dinosaurs: A Learn By Discovery Game Book, by Murray Tondow and Ruthe Rose Lundy; with illustrations by Robert Tannebaum (Chicago: Follett Publishing Company, 1968). In the game, players advance by answering dinosaur-related trivia; the answers to the questions are found in the accompanying book’s text.

Captain John Blaine, the Boy Scout series (1916-1919).

Instead of going camping, learning to fish, and completing public service projects, Captain John Blaine’s (a pseudonym used by the Saalfield Publishing House) boy scouts go to Europe and fight in World War I. The 12-volume series takes the scouts across the European theater of war, ranging from England, France, and Germany to Turkey and submarines.