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The Samuel Proctor Oral History Program regularly coordinates public programs to spotlight important research and drive discussion about topics related to oral history. Press kits are available here for the public including event posters, directions, and additional information. News releases publicizing research updates, student and staff accomplishments, and new initiatives are also available.


SPOHP featured in “American Tales”

article in Ytori Magazine

by Rachel Wayne and Gigi Marino, published by UF’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in the Spring 2018 Issue

“Samuel Proctor became the first UF Historian and Archivist when he was still a PhD student. He never left the role. Proctor was heavily involved with UF, so much so that rumor told he had four or five, maybe six, offices on the campus. Now, his name prefixes one of the nation’s largest oral history programs — in a field of inquiry that he helped pioneer.”

Read Full Article at  CLAS Publications

Upcoming Events

March 21-23rd, 2019, “From Segregation to Black Lives Matter”

A Symposium and Celebration of the Opening of the Joel Buchanan Archive of African American Oral History

This symposium marks the formal opening of the Joel Buchanan African American Oral History Archive at the University of Florida to scholars, students, and researchers. To celebrate this historic occasion, the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program is hosting a three-day symposium on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 21-23 March 2019. The event will bring together scholars, educators, and community leaders to discuss the latest trends in African American history from K-12 to higher education. Participants will have the opportunity to view and to listen to films, podcasts and panelists. The event will also feature book-signings of noted authors. The Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Curtis Austin from the University of Oregon’s Department of History.

Past Events

March 13, 2013, Stephanie Coontz and “The Feminine Mystique” at UF

September 17-22, 2013, The 6th Annual Mississippi Delta Research Trip

September 19, 2013, “Violence, Non-violence, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965” Civil Rights History Panel at Delta State University

October 1, 2013, “Siempre Adelante” Official Premiere

October 22, 2013, “Stetson Kennedy: Re-imagining Justice in the 21st Century”

December 4, 2013, “SPOHP in the Delta: 6th Annual Student Panel” at the Civic Media Center

January 15, 2014, “Trouble the Water” Film Screening & Symposium on Landmark Hurricane Katrina Film with Producer Tia Lessin at UF

March 12, 2014, “The Florida Civil Rights Struggle: Past & Present” Panel and Multimedia Presentation, featuring the African American History Project

March 12, 2014, “Scott Camil: Resistance & Liberation”

April 9, 2014, Samuel Proctor Oral History Program Workshop

April 17, 2014: Brown Bag Lunch with Liz Coursen, “Shade in the Sunshine State: Reflections on Segregation in Florida”

June 17, 2014: “Justice, Justice 1964” St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society Honors 50th Anniversary of Mass Rabbi Arrest for Civil Rights Demonstrations

February 13-22, 2015, “Gator Tales” with the UF School of Theatre & Dance

  • From February 13 to 22, 2015, the UF School of Theatre and Dance will perform a new drama entitled Gator Tales, an original play devised and directed by Professor Kevin Marshall in conjunction with the UF Samuel Proctor Oral History Program (SPOHP). This is the first time that interviews from the SPOHP collection have been adapted to a full-length theatrical production. Inspired by the unique experiences of African American students at the University of Florida, from the first students who attended more than 50 years ago to members of the current student body, Gator Tales dramatizes honored stories from SPOHP’s African American History Project archive. This live theatre performance brings vividly to life the voices of local people who struggled for civil rights and the generations that followed.
  • Featured voices include: Joel Buchanan, Ron Coleman, Bernard Hicks, Thomas Holland Fay, Joseph McCloud, Maime Lee Leath, Evelyn Moore Mickle, Stephan Mickle, Leitha Nichols, David Padgett, Laura Scott Reaves, Samuel Taylor, Gladys Thompson, and Albert White.
  • February 13-22, 2015, “Gator Tales” Event Listing and Admission
  • February 13-22, 2015, “Gator Tales” Event Poster (PDF)
  • February 13-22, 2015, “Gator Tales” News Release (PDF) (SPOHP)
  • February 13-22, 2015, “Gator Tales” New Release (PDF) (UF College of the Arts)

February 28-March 8, 2015, Tucson Ethnic Studies Research Trip to Arizona with Latina/o Diaspora in the Americas Project

May 20, 2015, Emancipation Day Celebration with Cone Park Library

  • The Samuel Proctor Oral History Program (SPOHP), in conjunction with the Cone Park Library, will be hosting a special Emancipation Day program at the Cone Park Library on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 from 2:30-4:00 pm. The program is designed for children ages K-6 but is open to all. Attendees will learn the history of Emancipation Day in Florida, including crafting miniature maypoles of their own. The program will conclude with a mini-parade on the Cone Park Library lawn to commemorate Emancipation Day. Light refreshments will be provided.
  • May 20, 2015, SPOHP and Cone Park Library Partner for Special Emancipation Day Program Press Release

September 3, 2015, Pops for SPOHP: A Benefit at First Magnitude Brewing Company

  • SPOHP is closing out the summer fund drive with our first-ever benefit party at First Magnitude Brewing Company, featuring gourmet ice pops from Hyppo Gainesville, local treats from Forage Farm, live music from the Duppies and the Tipsy Coachmen, and ice cold craft beer and food truck fare on site! The SPOHP staff will be celebrating a very productive summer and we can’t wait to share our stories with you and thank our supporters!
  • RSVP on Facebook
  • September 3, 2015, Pops for SPOHP: A Benefit at First Magnitude Brewing Company press release (PDF)

October 15, 2015, Oral History Association and “Gator Tales” Encore Performance

November 11, 2015, “Sentimental Journey: World War II Here and Over There”

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

February 28, 2017, Documentary Screening of Love and Solidarity with Professor Mike Honey