Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date

July 1999

Creation Date


Publisher Information

University of South Florida Tampa Library


Allen, John F., Alllen, Grace, Tampa, Universities and colleges


Grace Allen discusses her life as the wife of University of South Florida's first president, John F. Allen. Mrs. Allen has detailed remembrances of the beginnings and continued growth of USF, and the role she and her husband played in the University's development. John Allen assumed leadership of the university in 1957 and guided USF through its early planning days, designing the Tampa campus and curriculum from the beginning. Grace Allen was active in bringing the community to the campus. One of her early accomplishments was developing the first organized group on campus, the USF Women's club. It is important to note that President Allen felt that the library was the most important building to be constructed on campus, and the librarian was the first staff appointment.

Physical Information

1 sound file ( 72 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (digital, PDF file)