Volunteering at the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program
SPOHP’s work is supported by our volunteers and community partners. We are always looking for dedicated and energetic volunteers!
The Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, one of the largest oral history collections in the United States, houses over 500 oral history interviews within the African American History Project (AAHP). Join us in preparing for the unveiling of this collection, which will take place in Pugh Hall on March 21, 2019. Through participating in the processing of oral history interviews, researcher volunteers will have the opportunity to listen to oral histories and transcribe the collection for future generations.
For the Spring 2017 semester, the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program general opportunities for students and community members is on a temporary hiatus. Work will instead be organized through our three major collections:
- the African American History Project,
- Latina/o Diaspora in the Americas Project, and
- Veterans History Project
Coordinators of these projects will direct relevant opportunities and training. Interested volunteers, please explore each collection’s official webpage, and contact project coordinators directly with your interest.
Opportunities in Oral History
SPOHP is a resource base for volunteers interacting with history materials in a variety of different ways, including transcribing, audio logging, and conducting oral history interviews for local and national archives; applying cutting-edge digital humanities technology; developing original projects and producing high-quality research; and contributing to vibrant public history discourse with over 50 participating staff, student interns, faculty, and community volunteers focused on local community initiatives and social justice in Gainesville and the Southeast.
Application and Handbook: Download the SPOHP 2017 Volunteer Application (DOC) and contact project coordinators directly to inquire about relevant opportunities. Review the Volunteer Handbook (PDF) for more details.
We accept volunteers at the beginning of each academic semester, and request a minimum time commitment of 4 hours per week. Opportunities currently available on all four of SPOHP’s major projects working with:
- Archival processing Process official materials for the Library of Congress, UF Digital Collections, & more
- Collection discoverability Improve audio and visual digital humanities accessibility in over 150+ collections
- Original fieldwork Contribute your own independent research and histories with guided support
- Public engagement Book talks from local researchers, lunch with visiting scholars, and evening public programs are open to SPOHP’ers at UF and in the community
Volunteers of the Quarter
- Fall 2016: Bruce Hanson (Community Volunteer)
- Fall 2016 Mike Parker (Community Volunteer)
- Fall 2016 Ed Webb (Community Volunteer)
- Fall 2014: Sandy Burnett (Community Volunteer)
- Fall 2014: Allison Mitchell (University Volunteer)
- Summer 2014: Jeffrey Flanagan
- Spring 2014: Emily Nyren
- Fall 2013: Don Obrist
- Summer 2013: Cornelius Clayton, inductee to the Palatka Hall of Fame in 2014
Thank you, volunteers, for all your hard work!