Lawton M. Chiles Center for Florida History
Oral History Program
Since 2001, the Center for Florida History has conducted, recorded, transcribed, and edited numerous oral histories. The Center aims to preserve these interviews for future generations. Topics of these oral histories include Florida politics, law enforcement, legal and judicial affairs, the cattle and citrus industries, Florida Methodism, and World War II. The oral histories provide valuable information to students, researchers, and the general public about the social, economic, and political history of our region and Florida as a whole. The tapes and transcripts are currently preserved and housed in the McKay Archives Building adjacent to the Roux Library on the campus of Florida Southern College. The goal of the Center for Florida History Oral History Program is to preserve and make these transcripts available to researchers. Transcripts of these recordings are available by appointment or upon request of interested researchers. It is our goal to make these transcriptions available via our web site.
Since 2001, the program has conducted and preserved more than 20 full length interviews. Completed oral histories are listed below:
Lawton Chiles Legacy Project: Oral histories in this category include wide-ranging coverage of the subject’s life and background as well as information on the subject’s memories and relationships with former Senator and Governor Lawton Chiles.