Oral history interviews with Nova Southeastern University faculty, staff, and students/alumni, conducted by Dr. Julian Pleasants over the period of 2009-2012 in preparation for the 50th Anniversary of the university.




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Biographical Sketch

In 2014, Nova Southeastern University celebrated its 50th anniversary. In preparation for the anniversary, Dr. Julian Pleasants of the University of Florida, was hired to research and write a book about the history of the school. Dr. Pleasants served as the directory of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at UF from 1996-2007. He worked at UF for a total of 37 years starting in 1969. His MA and PhD were in American History from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1962 and 1971, respectively.

Dr. Pleasants worked with the NSU University Archives – Bob Bogorff, University Archivist; Cheryl Peltier-Davis, Archives and Digital Librarian; and Cathy Elios, Archives Coordinator – to organize the hold the interviews with notable university figures such as presidents, Board of Trustees members, vice presidents, faculty, students, alumni, and staff (a full list can be seen in the inventory). The University Archives hold the copyright and store the physical copies of all interviews. The Archives also made the interviews and transcripts available online via the university’s digital repository, NSUWorks, and the university’s streaming media platform, Shark Media, in 2016.

The interviews were used to write the 50th anniversary book, The Making of Nova Southeastern University: A Tradition of Innovation, 1964-2014. The full text of Dr. Pleasants’ book is available online here:

Scope and Content

The collection consists of printed copies of transcripts, CDs with audio mp3 files of interviews and DVDs with video mp4 files of interviews. All interviews took place between 2009 and 2012 on the Nova Southeastern University campus and hosted by Dr. Julian Pleasants.

Access or Use Restrictions

All materials have been made accessible online, free of charge and can be found here:

Document Type

Finding Aid

Finding Aid Created


Finding Aid Creator

Michele Gibney


Nova Southeastern University Archives