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Saint Leo Community Memory Oral History Collection & Archive: Home

This guide contains a collection of oral histories and archival materials related to the history of Saint Leo University and its surrounding communities since its inception in the late 19th century.

Heather R. Parker, Ph.D., Professor of History, Saint Leo University

Welcome to the Saint Leo Community Memory Archive 


Photos without a listed source are from the Saint Leo Archives


This archive contains photos, oral history interviews and documents related to the history of Saint Leo in all of its incarnations including Saint Leo Military College, Saint Leo Prep, Holy Name Academy, Saint Leo College, and the surrounding community. While there is much information and many photos and documents related to this community, there is no single digitized archive of these items. The purpose of this archive is to digitize and organize these collections into an easily accessible format.

This collection is growing, so keep checking to find new items. 

​Click through the tabs at the top of this page to view each collection. 

Archive Creator & Curator

Heather R. Parker, Ph.D.

Professor of History

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Saint Leo University


Saint Leo Prep Boys, 1912

Holy Name Academy Girls, 1918 -- Benedictine Sisters of Florida

A Brief Overview

Saint Leo was founded by Benedictines in the late 19th century. It began its life as an educational institution for boys with Saint Leo Military College. Over the years it became a prep school, a two-year college, a four-year college, and now a university. The Benedictine sisters ran a school for girls called Holy Name Academy. These institutions grew along with the surrounding neighborhoods, creating a dynamic and diverse community. The history of this community is reflected in this collection.

Community Memory Project Interns

Amanda Beck, History Major, B.A. 2019

Mikayla Alford, History Major, B.A. 2020

Alexander Tomberlin, History Major, B.A. 2021

Kylie Culver, History Major, B.A. 2022 Class Valedictorian

Emily McLoughlin, History Major. BA 2023

Dontae Gilbert, History B.A 2023

Kaleah Boyd, History B.A. 2023