African American History Project (AAHP)
The 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.
- 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!
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.
Contact African American History Project Coordinator
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 items,58, 154931, 154922, 132524.