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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.

Archival Resources

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.

Oral History

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.

Online Resources

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:

J. Hillis Miller Health Science Center

College of Pharmacy

College of Medicine

College of Education

College of Journalism and Communications

College of Engineering

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Faculty Senate

George A. Smathers Libraries

Florida Museum of Natural History

Environmental Archaeology

Caribbean Archaeology Program

Ichthyology Collection

Florida Collections


Computing and Networking Services


Council members

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)

Suggested Reading

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.


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