Oral history is an invaluable method of gathering and preserving the past through interviews with participants. At the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, we believe that oral history is an indispensable method of studying the past. Listening carefully to first-person narratives can change the way we understand history—not to mention the way we approach scholarly questions as well as contemporary public policy debates. The passionate and poignant stories found in many oral history interviews serve as a great tool to excite and encourage people of all ages to study the past.
Dr. Samuel Proctor (University of Florida Historian and Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus) founded the Oral History Program at the University of Florida in November 1967. SPOHP is dedicated to building on Dr. Proctor's legacy.
Dr. Samuel Proctor's biography....Read more...
To further campus and community involvement and guide us into the future, SPOHP has established an Advisory Board whose members are drawn from UF and the broader public history community.
History; Women's Studies
African-American History; Special Collections
Askew Institute; Civil Rights
African-American Women's Studies
Matheson Museum, Inc.
Director of the Center for Jewish Studies
20th Century Political/Southern History
Matheson Historical Center; College of Nursing
Criminology; Oral History
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