Welcome to the University of Florida History Advisory Council web site
The purpose of the web site is to connect media and public relations personnel, as well as those with a more general interest, to resources on the history and traditions of the University of Florida. The site is maintained by the University History Advisory Council, which invites your participation and support.
Historical Markers at UF
The University History Advisory Council coordinates a historical marker program sponsored by the University of Florida Alumni Association. All faculty members, staff, students, and others interested in saluting the University of Florida’s rich tradition of achievement in higher education and service to society are invited to nominate an achievement that is unique in historical, intellectual, scientific or cultural significance. The University of Florida Historical Marker Program application form, with supporting documents, must be completed and submitted to the University of Florida History Advisory Council. Copies of the application form can be dowlloaded at the Historical Marker Program website.
The University of Florida Archives and the University of Florida Health Science Center Archives are the designated repositories for the university's historical records. Together, they preserve the official records of the university’s chief academic and administrative officers as well as the records of its governing councils. In addition, both archives maintain large collections of photographs and copies of major university publications. The University of Florida Archives also serves a repository for historical artifacts and memorabilia and maintains a moving image collection of historical films and videos.
Founded in 1967, the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program contains more than 4,000 interviews and 85,000 pages of transcribed material related to the history of the university, Florida, and the South. The University of Florida component of the Oral History Program includes interviews of a general nature as well as specific projects related to Medicine, Nursing, Law, Accounting, Women's Studies and Athletics.
Historic Building Preservation
The Preservation of Historic Buildings and Sites Committee is responsible for insuring the architectural integrity of the campus historic district. Information on the district and a walking tour map can be found on the committee's web site.
A portion of the historical photographs in the University Archives and Health Center Archives as well as transcripts from the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program can be accessed online via the University of Florida Digital Collections portal in the George A. Smathers Libraries Digital Library Center.
The Office of Institutional Planning and Research maintains historical data on enrollment, graduation and budgets.
The following campus units maintain history web sites:
Carl Van Ness (University Historian and Archivist)
Nina Stoyan-Rosenzweig (Health Affairs)
Ashley Wood (IFAS, retired)
Gene Hemp (Engineering, emeritus)
Paul Ortiz (Samuel Proctor Oral History Program)
Cinnamon Bair ( Development)
RJ Stamper (Alumni Association)
Sharon Blansett (Housing)
Susan Crowley (University Relations)
Joe Kays (Publication Services)
Karen Kirkman (Finance and Accounting)
Gator History by Samuel Proctor and Wright Langley, 1986
Honoring the Past, Shaping the Future by Kevin McCarthy and Carl Van Ness, 2003
Contact the University History Advisory Council to suggest additions to this page.