The 'University of Florida Health Science Center - Oral History Collection' holds interviews that discuss the history of the University of Florida J. Hillis Miller Health Science Center and associated units and Colleges. The Health Science Center, HSC Libraries, College of Medicine and College of Nursing are currently commemorating their fiftieth anniversary. The interviewees include deans, assistant deans, chairs of departments within the college, faculty members in specialized areas of health, research professors, staff members, and former medical students.

Topics include founding dean George Harrell and his teaching philosophy, the VA hospital across the street, early contention with local physicians and local hospitals, escalating complexity of a state medical school and teaching hospital, development of the other colleges, faculty appointments, cooperation between medical disciplines, female faculty members, dealing with the Florida Legislature, hospital position on racial issues, and other medical schools in Florida (state and private).

Health Science Center - 50 Years Celebrating 50 years of Service
The Health Science CenterThe College of MedicineThe College of Nursing


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