Burgert Brothers 100th Anniversary

100th Anniversary Celebration

September 30 at 2 p.m.

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.

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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.

More Fun

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 ended September 14, 2017.

On Display

1917: The Year through the Eyes of the Burgert Brothers

August 1 – September 17, 2017

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

Special Thanks