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Featured Institutional Member Spotlight: The Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida

The Samuel Proctor Oral History Program is the official oral history program of the University of Florida, in Gainesville, Florida, featuring over 5,000 interviews and more than 150,000 pages of transcribed material in the SPOHP archives and UF Digital Collections.

SPOHP’s primary mission is to gather, preserve, and promote living histories of individuals from all walks of life. SPOHP engages in active research projects designed to broaden the scope and scale of historical knowledge with major projects, including the African American History Project, Veterans History Project, Mississippi Freedom Project, and Latina/o Diaspora in the Americas Project. Staff and students strive to make collections accessible to as wide an audience as possible through written transcripts, digital archives, podcasts, radio broadcasts, and public programs.

SPOHP also teaches the craft and intellectual traditions of oral history through university seminars and community-based workshops. In addition, SPOHP consults on an ongoing basis with local historians, civic leaders, and educators in Florida and beyond who are interested in initiating oral history projects in their towns and municipalities, and engages in scholarly and educational life in Florida and around the country through public history programs, academic conferences, and scholarly collaborations.

The Samuel Proctor Oral History Program: One Community, Many Voices.