Video of Dr. Ortiz Book Talk

Click this photo for a videotaped version (87 min.) of the 8/28 book talk presented at Smathers Library East by Dr. Paul Ortiz, Director of SPOHP, on his recent book: An African and Latinx History of the United States. It was kindly co-sponsored and hosted by the Smathers Libraries’ Latin American and Caribbean Collection. YouTube link:

SPOHP Seeking Volunteers

The Veterans History Project is currently seeking volunteers for transcription, archival assistance, and organizing interviews. Please contact SPOHP Office Manager Tamarra Jenkins with inquiries. Further contact information is below:

The Samuel Proctor Oral History Program
241 Pugh Hall, P.O. Box 115215
The University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611

Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Phone: (352) 392-7168
Fax: (352) 846-1983

SPOHP Contributes Travel Support for OHA Conference Attendees from Hurricane-Affected Areas

The OHA’s Day of Giving last year raised money for scholarships to fund travel to the Annual OHA Conference for those in hurricane-affected areas. With matching funds provided by the Chao Center for Asian Studies at Rice University and the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida, the OHA was able to fund 2 scholarships for travel expenses to the OHA Conference in Montreal, October 10-14. Please see the call below. Deadline to submit: September 15, 2018

Call for Applications:

The Oral History Association announces two travel scholarships for Oral Historians from Areas Affected by Hurricanes in 2017 to attend the OHA Conference in Montreal, Canada, October 10-14, 2018.

In response to the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, the Oral History Association, the Chao Center for Asian Studies at Rice University and the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida are pleased to announce two $2500 travel awards to those living or working in these affected areas for travel to the Oral History Association Conference in Montreal, Canada, October 10-14, 2018. All travel costs to the conference will be reimbursable up to that $2500 mark.

Applications must include a letter explaining the applicant’s oral history work and a letter of support for the application.

For award purposes, we define those affected by these hurricanes to include any area damaged by high water (either from rain or from opening up reservoirs), be they individual structures, waterways, streets, or entire neighborhoods. We are looking to fund people whose particular projects fits into a more comprehensive attempt at recording or researching any of these catastrophic hurricanes.

Apply here!

Applications are due on September 15, 2018, and winners will be announced by September 30, 2018.  To submit an application: Please include a one-page letter explaining the applicant’s oral history work, and a letter of support for the application. Please combine your entire application into ONE PDF document and email it by September 15, 2018. 

NEH Digital Humanities Grant Awarded

Smathers Libraries and the Digital Library of the Caribbean has been awarded a $231,093 National Endowment for the Humanities Grant to host a week-long in-person workshop and five additional virtual workshops on collaborative Digital Humanities (DH) & Caribbean Studies. Dr. Paul Ortiz, Director of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, is a co-Principal Investigator for the grant, which will fund a program entitled Migration, Mobility, and Sustainability: Caribbean Studies and Digital Humanities Advanced Institute.

The lead researchers will open a call in October to select participants for the program. Participants will gain DH teaching experience and in-depth knowledge of how to utilize digital collections in teaching. The Institute will provide training in tools, processes, and resources for developing lessons, modules, and/or courses. Twenty-six participants will achieve: 1) acquisition of concrete digital skills and DH approaches for teaching and research utilizing Open Access digital collections; 2) participation in an enhanced community of practice for DH; and, 3) creation of Open Access course and teaching materials that blend DH and Caribbean Studies.

Migration, Mobility, and Sustainability: Caribbean Studies and Digital Humanities Advanced Institute is the most recent of ongoing initiatives by UF and the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) for building capacity and community for Caribbean digital libraries, from digitization for access and preservation, to building upon digitized materials for research and teaching. The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) is a cooperative digital library for resources from and about the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean. The dLOC partner institutions are the core of dLOC. dLOC partners retain all rights to their materials and provide access to digitized versions of Caribbean cultural, historical and research materials currently held in archives, libraries, and private collections. This is the first Advanced Institute with UF and dLOC, and it will enable greater engagement with more community members on critical needs and opportunities in the digital age for research and teaching.

Laurie Taylor, PhD, UF’s digital scholarship librarian and the dLOC’s digital scholarship director, is the lead investigator, and is collaborating with the co-principal investigators, Hélène Huet, PhD, European studies librarian;  Leah Rosenberg, PhD, professor of Caribbean Literature in the Department of English; Paul Ortiz, PhD, Director of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program in the Department of History.

New Context for Confederate Monuments

Regina Phillips, Co-Director of the Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center, an African-American history center in St. Augustine, Fla. and a SPOHP community partner, talks with NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro about how to add context to Confederate monuments. The program, “New Context For Confederate Memorials” from August 5, 2018 can be found here.

UF Student Collects Oral Histories From Community Elders in Fort Myers

SPOHP hopes you enjoy listening to a radio interview with UF history student Julian Valdivia on Gulf Coast Live on WGCU from July 31st, “UF Student Oral Histories From Community Elders” .

Home Away from Home: Remembering Refugees in Florida

September 20, 2018 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Pugh Hall – Ocora

296 Buckman Drive, Gainesville FL 32611

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Welcoming Gainesville and Alachua County and the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida are holding a public event titled “Home Away from Home: Remembering Refugees in Florida” on September 20, 2018 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm at Pugh Hall Ocora (296 Buckman Drive Gainesville FL 32611). The event will feature the oral history of refugees in Jacksonville, Florida, collected by Seyeon Hwang, a doctoral student in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Florida, and various state-wide and national efforts in refugee advocacy, followed by a talk-back session with refugees and refugee resettlement professionals from Florida.

This event is supported by the Florida Humanities Council and the public is encouraged to attend the event. Light refreshment will be served.

For more information on the oral history project in Jacksonville or the event, please visit contact Grace Chun or visit Refugee oral history website.

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This event is free and open to the public.

Check Out Our Students’ Reflections On Our Annual Mississippi Freedom Trip

Our students just got back from another successful and exciting trip doing oral history fieldwork in the Mississippi Delta as part of our Mississippi Freedom Project!

The Mississippi Freedom Project (MFP) is an award-winning archive of 200+ oral history interviews conducted with veterans of the civil rights movement and notable residents of the Mississippi Delta. The collection centers on activism and organizing in partnership with the Sunflower County Civil Rights Organization in Sunflower, Mississippi.

Try To Keep Up With Us! Our Summer Newsletter is Here!

We have packed this Summer 2018 edition of our newsletter Moving Right Along full of the many things that have been going on at SPOHP.

To take a look at all the amazing things SPOHP has been up to, click on:

UF English Language Institute Presentation

SPOHP staffers Holland Hall and Lara Alqasem stopped by the UF English Language Institute to provide a presentation and oral history workshop for the program’s international students, highlighting our collections about immigration!