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The 'University of Florida Campus (General) Oral History Collection' holds more than 300 interviews, dating from the late 1960s. The series includes two on Samuel Proctor, founder of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at UF. The interviewees include former presidents and deans, current and former departmental chairmen and faculty members, prominent alumni, service employees, directors of student organizations, and minority student leaders. Almost every department and college is represented in these interviews.
The range of topics covered is diverse: ongoing construction, changing Gainesville, campus life, sororities and fraternities, black issues, segregation and integration, minority faculty, sports, student demonstrations, future of education, academic freedom, changes in student body, school accreditation, politics and Tallahassee, and a multitude of other subjects.
The 'University of Florida 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.