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Oral History @ UF

This library guide provides information on oral history resources at the George A. Smathers Libraries and online.

 

Art of Aging 

This project was a partnership with the UF Health Science Center Libraries and the UF College of Medicine, with the purpose of enhancing medical education among 4th-year students on the required Geriatrics Clerkship rotation. Contains interviews narrated by residents of the Oak Hammock Retirement Community and their lived experiences. 

 

Asian American History Project 

Contains interviews representing the lives and histories of Asian American peoples. 

 

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 Queer History Project 

Contains interviews representing the lives and histories of queer folx in Florida. 

 

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. 

 

Latinx Diaspora in the Americas 

Contains interviews representing the lives and histories of Latinx peoples and diasporic communities in Florida. 

 

Mississippi Delta Freedom Project 

This project is a 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). 

 

Native Peoples of the Americas 

Contains interviews representing the lives and histories of Native American peoples. 

 

SPOHP Internship 

Contains interviews pertaining to Oral History Program internships. 

 

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 

Contains interviews representing campus life and the history of the University of Florida.

 

Veterans History Project 

Contains interviews pertaining to military service and wartime experiences in the Vietnam and Korean wars. 

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