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The University of Florida Athletics Oral History Collection includes interviews giving different perspectives of the UF athletics program.

The interviews include student athletes who have achieved international fame such as medal winners, gymnast Elfi Schlegel and swimmer Tracy Caulkins-Stockwell; former football players such as Willie Jackson and Isaac Jones; former football coaches such as Ray Graves, Charlie Pell, and Galen Hall; announcers such as Red Barber and Otis Boggs; sports writers such as Jack Hairston; and Women’s Athletics Director, Ruth Alexander.

Some of the topics covered include the growth of the athletic program; integration of black players; Title IX; recruitment practices; NCAA; and setting up support systems for student athletes.


The University of Florida Athletics 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.

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