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The 'Hillsborough County Oral History Collection' is a random collection of 75 Hillsborough County interviews (30 counties covered out of 67 Florida counties). These interviews encompass such subjects as the county's history, personages, growth, lifestyle, education, race, politics, among many other topics. Forty-five of these interviews cover Ybor City, the district near downtown Tampa, which was settled in 1886 by Cuban, Italian and Spanish immigrants. Ybor City interviews--most of these interviewees migrated to Ybor City at the beginning of the 20 th century--cover such topics as Vincente Ybor, Cuban history, cigar industry, religion, coffee culture, lifestyles, impact of Spanish-American War and World War I and the Depression, immigrants = remembrances of life in the Aold country, @ cigar strikes, social clubs, politics, among many other topics.


The 'Hillsborough County 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.


County Seat : Tampa, Florida