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The 'Florida Business Leaders Oral History Collection' includes interviews with Florida business leaders, many of whom attended the University of Florida. The Collection offers insight into the Sunshine State’s business growth -- growth that these individuals have had a major role in.

Areas of business and industry include banking, citrus, utilities, land development, land usage, ranching, airlines, insurance, shopping centers, education, automobile dealerships, among many other topics. Several of these interviewees are members of the Florida Council of 100, an organization that offers advice to the Governor concerning business issues and promotes the state’s economic growth -- a goal that all these leaders share.


The 'Florida Business Leaders Oral History Collection' is part of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program is an affiliated program of the University of Florida's Department of History. Its collections include approximately 4,000 interviews and more than 85,000 pages of transcribed material, making it the largest oral history archive in the South and one of the major collections in the country. The transcribed interviews are available for use by research scholars, students, journalists, genealogists, and other interested groups. Researchers have used our oral history material for theses, dissertations, articles, and books.

Digitization of the collection has been funded in part by the generous donation of Caleb and Michele Grimes.