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We work by the motto, “One Community, Many Voices.” Our program is driven by the support of our growing community in Gainesville, as well as statewide in Florida and around the United States. Thanks to our many sponsors and research allies!

  • To access oral history interviews, podcasts, documentaries, and research media made possible by partnership with these organizations, please search for organizations’ names in the search bar at the top of this page.

Gainesville, the University of Florida, and Statewide

At the University of Florida, SPOHP works with a variety of organizations, where SPOHP facilitates and processes interviews to generate more educational materials. These partnerships allow each organization to advance their goals by sharing resources and audiences. “La Casita,” UF’s Institute of Hispanic-Latino Cultures and the newly formed African-American Studies Program. We frequently collaborate with United Faculty of Florida, the organization for higher education faculty and professionals in Florida, as well as the UF Center for Women’s Studies and Gender ResearchUF College of Law, and UF Health CenterUF Athletics Department, and UF College of Nursing. In Summer 2014, the UF Campus Multifaith Cooperative and Multicultural and Diversity Affairs Office are working with oral history seminar students.

Public programs and research trips are sponsored at the University of Florida by a variety of organizations, including the UF C enter for the Humanities and the Public Sphere and UF Office of Research. Regular event sponsors also include the Bob Graham Center for Public Service and UF Department of History. The African American History Project is funded by the UF Office of the Provost.

In the Gainesville community and surrounding counties, SPOHP maintains local partnerships with social justice groups, collaborating with churches like Holy Trinity Episcopal Church and organizations like Gainesville Veterans for Peace. The Civic Media Center, a community activism center and library for alternative and non-corporate publications in Gainesville, regularly sponsors and hosts events for SPOHP, and Gainesville’s progressive newspaper, The Gainesville Iguana, features oral history interviews both online and in their print editions. Volunteers and interviewees also partner with the A. Quinn Jones Museum and Matheson Museum. The Waldo Historical Society is launching their local oral history project with SPOHP support, and is collaborating on a documentary about the Santa Fe Canal.

The Veterans History Project networks with organizations around Florida to collect interviews with military veterans, including the Matheson Museum, Alachua County Detention Center/ Alachua County Library Branch, Orlando Honor Flight, Iwo Trio Veterans, Normandy Veterans, Library of Congress, and Outpost Coffee for Veterans.

The Southeast and Nationwide

SPOHP maintains a network of partnerships with social justice and progressive activism organizations across the country, including Student Action with Farmworkers and Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, the Fairfield Foundation in Gloucester, Virginia, and the Library of Congress’s Veterans History Project through the American Folklife Center.

Official Project Sponsors and Partners

I’m grateful for your program in providing the oral history materials about [Student Action with Farmworkers’] history. I’m going to ask my students in my spring 2014 “Farmworkers in North Carolina” course to review the interviews as they prepare themselves to conduct interviews with current SAF staff and Board members about their life histories, positions at SAF, and why they feel they have been called to do this type of social justice work. The resulting interviews conducted by my students will be presented in a website created with the students’ input.

-Chris Sims, Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University

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

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