Prather, E. Charlton
University of South Florida Libraries
Everett H. Williams (1918 – 2006) earned his BA degree in mathematics from the University of Florida in 1940 and his MS degree in biostatistics form Johns Hopkins University in 1951. In 1940, Williams started work as a statistician for the Florida State Board of Health before leaving to serve in World War II. After returning to Florida in 1946, he was appointed director of the Bureau of Vital Statistics and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1984. In this oral history interview, Williams discusses the history of vital statistics in the state of Florida. He describes the various vital statistics and his role in improving the accuracy and timeliness of the records collecting system. Williams recalls improvements in data processing methods and remarks on the technological innovations used to compile statistical information. He also talks about issues he encountered such as handling information requests from adoptees, identity fraud, and delayed birth registrations. Williams finishes his interview with a discussion of unusual names he found on birth certificates and the effects of various state health reorganizations on his department.
Florida. Bureau of Vital Statistics, Public health, University of South Florida, Vital Statistics
1 sound file (101 min.) : digital, MP3 file
Florida. Bureau of Vital Statistics; Public health; University of South Florida; Vital Statistics
Oral histories, Online audio
University of South Florida
Florida Public Health Oral History Project
Williams, Everett H., "Everett H. Williams Oral History Interview" (2016). Florida Public Health Oral History Project. 37.