The 'University of Florida College of Nursing Oral History Collection' holds interviews that discuss the history of the University of Florida College of Nursing, which opened in 1956. 2006 marks the institution’s fiftieth year as a college at University of Florida.

Interviews of founding and former faculty and associates in the college include such topics as founding dean Dorothy Smith’s nursing philosophy and guiding principles and her legacy, resistance from many hospital physicians on a new nursing philosophy, introduction of males as nursing students, hospital segregation in the 1950s and 1960s, comparing UF and community college nursing programs, changes in nursing practices and nursing education, and international recognition of UF College of Nursing’s innovations.

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The 'University of Florida College of Nursing Oral History Collection' and the 'University of Florida Health Science Center - Oral History Collection' are 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.