James B. Crooks


It is appropriate that this volume stresses Florida’s heritage of diversity because Samuel Proctor in his many contributions to this state’s history explored, wrote, taught, edited, and celebrated its rich variety of people and institutions. During his fifty-plus-year relationship with the University of Florida and his thirty years editing the Florida Historical Quarterly, Proctor nurtured research and edited histories of Native Americans, African Americans, immigrants, women, Jews, and other Floridians ranging from poor crackers to millionaire businessmen. Proctor also pioneered the use of oral history in this region, edited twenty-five facsimile volumes of rare books on Florida for the Florida Bicentennial Commission, and sparked the historical curiosity of thousands of University of Florida students. It is to his scholarly studies of Florida’s history that this festschtift is dedicated.