Burgert Brothers 100th Anniversary
100th Anniversary Celebration
Speakers will address different aspects of the Photographic Collection:
- Robert Snyder, USF professor and coauthor of the book Pioneer Commercial Photography: The Burgert Brothers, Tampa, Florida, explains how the photos became a significant community resource.
- Gary Mormino, USF Professor Emeritus and prolific author, discusses the use of the photographs in newspapers and other publications.
- Bryan Weinstein, creator of the Tampa Changing website, compares current photographs of Tampa structures with Burgert Brothers images.
- Delphin Acosta, architectural historian and author, examines the value of the collection from a residential design perspective.
Stay for the celebratory cake cutting.
Funded by the Friends of the John F. Germany Public Library.
About the Collection
In 1917, Al and Jean Burgert bought pioneering photographer William A. Fishbaugh’s commercial photographic studio and then opened their own business. In the ensuing decades, the Burgert Brothers Commercial Photography Studio rapidly rose to become Tampa’s premier commercial photographic firm. After the Burgert Brothers Studio closed in the mid-60s, their photographs and negatives were stored in a tin-roofed garage. Many negatives were destroyed by heat, humidity, and rain. In 1974, the Friends of the Library recognized the historic significance of the photographic images and purchased the collection for the library. Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library preserved and digitized these priceless images to make them accessible to the public.
Participate in our weekly Throwback Thursdays Facebook trivia contest. The first person to answer the question correctly wins a print copy of the photo! The contest runs through September 28, 2017.
1917: The Year through the Eyes of the Burgert Brothers
This multifaceted exhibit will examine the lives, structures, and events captured by the Burgert Brothers Photographic Studio in its first year of operation, including a display of images and narratives of the Burgert family and information on the other photographers and studios associated with the Burgert Brothers.
From the Collection
Burgert Brothers 100th Anniversary Gala: Photographs Tell the Story
This fundraiser, presented by the Friends of the Library of Tampa-Hillsborough County, Inc. and the Henry B. Plant Museum, will be held at The University of Tampa’s Plant Hall. A reception on the veranda will be followed by a 1917-inspired dinner in the Grand Salon. Festivities will include an unveiling of the Best of the Burgerts, chosen by a distinguished panel, accompanied by readings of the photographs by community leaders. Hosted by longtime Tampa Tribune columnist Steve Otto. For information on sponsorships, how to donate, or to purchase tickets, visit the Friends of the Library's website.