The Samuel Proctor Oral History Program Collections

The archives of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program’s oral history collections feature over 5,000 interviews. Our archives include interview recordings on a variety of media, including cassette tapes and digital holdings available through UF’s Smathers Libraries at the Digital Collections website, which features close to 3,000 items, and over 150,000 pages of interview transcripts.

Access the official collection of digital oral history interviews from the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the UF Digital Collections website:


The SPOHP archive, both digital and in physical format, is available for use by research scholars, students, journalists, genealogists, and the public. Documents may be accessed through theUF Digital Collection, as well as our archive in Pugh Hall. For access to physical research objects, contact the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program in Pugh Hall, Room 241, at 352-392-7168.

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Featured Collections

Within the archives, SPOHP’s largest project focuses on Native American history, featuring over 900 oral history interviews archived with a variety of Native American tribes including Seminoles, Cherokees, and Creeks. Other major holdings include the Alachua County African American History Project, Civil Rights action in St. Augustine (1964), and the University of Florida. SPOHP also houses general sound archives, which include University of Florida-related speeches, videotapes of television interviews with Dean Rusk, William C. Westmoreland, and George McGovern, and others, Native American slides and photographs, and 350 recordings of music, including concerts, folk music, and Native American chants.

"Catalog of Collections, 2004" is available on the UF Digital Collections website.

A catalog of collections, published by SPOHP in 2004, features a sampling of project summaries and interview descriptions at the “University of Florida Samuel Proctor Oral History Program Catalog of Collections, 2004,” available on the UF Digital Collection website. Included collections range from the Civilian Conservation Corps, Florida Everglades Restoration, Florida Business Leaders, Florida Newspapers, and the University of Florida College of Law, College of Nursing, Fischer School of Accounting, Women’s Studies program, and Medical Center, among others. A full list can be found on Page 5.

Transcripts are written according to the SPOHP Style Guide (2013).

The following is a small sample of the projects in our vast collection:

    • Mississippi Choctaw
    • Mississippi Freedom Project
    • 9/11 Project
    • Nantucket Preservation
    • Ocklawaha River Project
    • Panama Canal Museum Project
    • Returned Peace Corps Volunteers
    • St. Augustine Civil Rights
    • St. Augustine Historic Preservation
    • Student Action with Farmworkers
    • Suwannee River
    • Tucson Ethnic Studies
    • University of Florida
    • UF College of Nursing
    • UF Healthcare Center
    • UF College of Law
    • United Faculty of Florida
    • Veterans History Project
    • Vietnam War Veterans
    • Women Activists Feminists
    • Women’s Police
    • World War II Veterans


For more information about oral histories at the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, including research inquiries and access to physical research objects, contact the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program in Pugh Hall, Room 241, at 352-392-7168.