Last featured in the 08-23-2019 Scout Report, the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program Digital Collection continues to serve as a premiere source of interview collections, preserving conversations on "Florida Queer History" and "Latinx Diaspora in the Americas," among many other sub-collections.
Based at the University of Florida, the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program (SPOHP) has conducted more than 8,000 interviews in the decades after the program's launch in 1967, making its collection "one of the largest oral history archives in the South and one of the top collections in the country." Over 3,600 of those interviews are publicly available online as part of the SPOHP Digital Collection, which contains audio recordings and written transcripts as well as other documents. The interviews in this collection include material dated from 1939 to the present and represent a diverse variety of communities throughout Florida and beyond. Under Collections, readers will find (for example) assorted interviews collected in 26 of Florida's counties, topical collections such as Florida Fisherfolk, and more than 700 interviews with members of several Native American tribes. There are also a number of sub-collections, including the Joel Buchanan Archive of African American Oral History, which was added in March 2019 and contains over 1,000 items. Visitors can search the SPOHP Digital Collection (including the full text of documents) by keyword or use Advanced Search to specify fields such as title, date range, or language.