Veterans History Project


 The Veterans History Project, founded in 2000, is a collection of 300+ oral history interviews with veterans from military conflicts from the Civil War to present day in partnership with the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

july 2014 vhp2Archival Collections

Ongoing Research

The Veteran’s History Project is one of the program’s longest-running collections, organized after the Library of Congress approached SPOHP in 2000 to collect oral histories with World War II veterans for the nationwide Veteran’s History Project.

Research topics include a range of military conflicts, including oral histories veterans from World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, military operations in Central America, the Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, and more.

The broad scope of the Veteran’s History Project collection is owed to the determined work of its volunteers, led by Coordinator Ann Smith ( and the entire team of dedicated community members who generously donate their time and energy.

We currently have 325 WWII interviews, with more every week.  We will be collecting some at The Atrium and have formed a meaningful partnership at Altrusa House. Altrusa House provides day care and has begun interviewing veterans. Nancy Hult and Ray Jones are willing to follow guidelines for SPOHP and for the Library Congress participation. We welcome their participation.

Matheson Oral History Project

The Matheson History Museum has had an oral history program intermittently since 1990. In 2017, it became sanctioned with the mission to formally gather, preserve, and promote living histories of individuals in Alachua County. Matheson History Museum partnered with the Samuel Proctor Oral history program in mid-2017 to facilitate the preservation of these oral histories.

In June of 2017, a public program was offered to the public for those interested in becoming involved as volunteers. Subsequent workshops were held to assure the protocols for the interviews and transcription. As of March 2018, there are eight active volunteers engaged in this collection of valuable local stories.

Although the Matheson Library and Archives has some transcribed hard copies on file, others are available at To learn more about Matheson History Museum visit:

A Hidden Treasure

Are You A Veteran?

If you or someone you know is interested in donating an oral history interview to the Veterans History Project, please call SPOHP at (352) 392-7168 or e-mail VHP Coordinator Ann Smith ( for more information.

Veterans Day Celebrations and Media Portal Launch, 2014

Veterans History Project Events and Research News

Our Year-End Journal is Available Now

Dec 15th, 2017

Dear Friends of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, As you will read in this exciting end-of- year progress report, SPOHP has reached more students, scholars, and members of the… Read More

Telling Gainesville: A Film Screening

Nov 1st, 2017

Please join military veterans and their families for a special Veterans Day film screening of the play “Telling Gainesville.” Telling Gainesville is part of a nationwide initiative by the National… Read More

50th Anniversary of the Attack on the USS Liberty

May 22nd, 2017

On June 8th, 1967, Israeli warplanes and torpedo boats launched a ferocious two-hour attack on and attempted to sink the USS Liberty as she sailed under a U.S. Flag in… Read More

july 2014 vhp3Contact the Veterans History Project

Funding and Research Sponsorship

The Veterans History Project is supported entirely by volunteers in partnership with the Veterans History Project through the American Folklife Center with the Library of Congress. VHP works with groups in The Villages, Ocala, and Gainesville.

For additional information, contact SPOHP, call the offices at (352) 392-7168, and connect with us online today.