The 'Florida Community Colleges Oral History Collection' offers insight into the Florida Community College system of 28 public community colleges. The system was created in 1957 by the Florida Legislature, but its roots date from the late 1920s.
Interviews focus on Daytona Beach Community College and Palm Beach Community College and Santa Fe Community College (Gainesville, Alachua County). Interviewees include past community college presidents, a guidance counselor, faculty members, an administrator, etc.
The 'Florida Community Colleges 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.