The African American History Project (AAHP)

SPOHP AAHP LogoThe African American History Project (AAHP) is an archive of over 600+ oral history interviews conducted with African Americans throughout Alachua County, wider Florida, and the American South. 

The collection includes memories of many facets of Black life in Florida, and is the one of the largest public African American history collections anywhere. 


Archival Collections

  • Oral history interviews for the African American History Project are currently undergoing processing but 500 transcripts will be on UF Digital Collections by the end of 2018. Interview audio is available to access through the UFDC, and the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program offices. Please contact us for more information.
  • Digital media resources, including podcasts, educational booklets, and other materials, are now online!

Ongoing Research

The African American History Project is committed to collecting and archiving narratives of the African American life and history in Florida, developing meaningful relationships with community partners, stimulating ongoing discussions on the value of history as revealed through narrative storytelling.

Research topics include life under Jim Crow, highlighting institution building, alternative educational techniques, food security, community-­based healthcare, support and service organizations, displacement and dispossession, labor, armed self-­defense, and tactics of resistance; Civil Rights activism, voter registration, the Tallahassee Bus Boycott movement, the 1964 St. Augustine movement, Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), and more.

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African American History Project Events and Research News

SPOHP is Seeking Out Undocumented UF Students for an Oral History Project

Sep 20th, 2017

SPOHP is looking for undocumented UF students to be interviewed for an oral history project. Please share with anyone who might be interested in participating. For more information direct message… Read More

Farmworkers Irma Relief

Sep 20th, 2017

Gainesville residents and UF community: there are ways to help the Immokalee community by dropping off goods at multiple on-campus locations. Items will be transported to Immokalee first on September… Read More

Mississippi Freedom Fieldwork Panel Sept. 27

Sep 19th, 2017

Mississippi Freedom Fieldwork Panel Presentation Ustler Hall Wednesday, Sept. 27th 3:00 PM On Wednesday the 27th the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program will host a panel of students to discuss… Read More

“Surviving & Resisting: Defending DACA A Toolkit For DREAMers.”

Sep 13th, 2017

We wanted to share a sheet that the directors of the IC-Race (Immigration, Critical Race and Cultural Equity) Lab at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Drs. Nayeli Y. Chavez-… Read More

SPOHP Open House Scheduled for Sept. 29

Sep 13th, 2017

September 29th from noon to 2 PM, SPOHP is hosting an Open House in the SPOHP office to welcome students and faculty alike to get acquainted with our program, staff and dozens of exciting on… Read More

aahp1Contact African American History Project Coordinators

African American History Project Coordinators include UF alumni and current graduate students in History, Anthropology, and English organizing interviews, scheduling research trips, and processing collections.

Funding and Research Sponsorship

The Alachua County African American History Project is funded by the UF Office of the Provost and builds on the pioneering oral history work of Joel Buchanan, who conducted original interviews with community leaders in the Fifth Avenue area of Gainesville in the 1980s.

For additional information, contact SPOHP, call the offices at (352) 392-7168, and connect with us online today. Banner images from State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/58154931154922132524.