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Oral History @ UF

This library guide provides information on oral history resources at the George A. Smathers Libraries and online.
Addiction Oral History 
Interviews collected by students in a Spring 2015 undergraduate internship class to explore historians’ understanding of the complex phenomenon of addiction. The collection includes interviews with former addicts, treatment providers, addiction researchers, drug historians, and representatives from the criminal justice system. Several interviews feature the onset and maintenance of addiction, law enforcement protocol, demographic changes, and life in cities like Gainesville and Jacksonville since the 1960s.

Florida History 
Assorted interviews on Florida history. 

Florida Topical Oral History 
Assorted interviews on Florida history. 

Joel Buchanan Archive of African American Oral History 
This collection contains over 700 oral history interviews with African American elders throughout Florida and the wider Gulf South from numerous different projects at the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program. Interviews offer a wealth of African American narratives and complex reflections on topics, events, and   themes including: life under Jim Crow, Civil Rights activism, memories of Black luminaries in Florida, historic Black churches and church leaders throughout Florida, Black veterans, coastal slavery, cultural traditions of the Gullah-Geechee, legacies of the Seminole wars, African Diasporic heritage, and forced slavery migrations into Florida. 

Mississippi Delta Freedom Project 
This project is subset of the Joel Buchanan Archive and includes oral histories and related SPOHP materials collected by SPOHP students and researchers over the span of several years. Collection content focuses on civil and labor rights leaders from Freedom Summer 1964 in Sunflower County, Mississippi. The collection also contains materials collected during the 50th Anniversary of Freedom Summer (June 2014). 

Miscellaneous Oral History Collections 
Assorted interviews collected by SPOHP students and staff. 

Native Peoples of the Americas 
Contains interviews representing the lives and history of Native American peoples. 

Tidewater Main Street Development Project 
Includes transcripts and podcasts for the Tidewater Main Street Development Project, recorded by SPOHP staff and students over the course of two years beginning in 2014 with the Virginia Fieldwork in Folklore research trip. The interviews focus on folklore, traditional crafts, and rural development among residents of Mathews and Middlesex Counties. 

University of Florida History 
An assorted collection of interviews representing campus life and the history of the University of Florida. 


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