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Paul Ortiz on oral history

Justin Dunnavant (Left) SPOHP graduate research coordinator and Isaiah Branton (Right), Alachua County historian and descendant of enslaved African Americans brought to the Gainesville area in 1854 from South Carolina, discusses historical photos of his family to be digitized by SPOHP staff.

By Caitlin Tyler-Richards


As regular readers might have guessed, the Oral History Review staff has spent the last few months obsessing over oral history’s bright, digital future. However, now that special issue 40.1, Oral History in the Digital Age, is out, we’re taking a break — just a break! — to recall the oral history projects that run on something other than tagging and metadata. To that end, we were lucky enough to catch up with Professor Paul Ortiz, director of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program (SPOHP) at the University of Florida. Founded by Dr. Samuel Proctor in 1967, SPOHP is one of the longest standing institutions in the discipline of oral history and, as you will learn in this podcast, responsible for a variety of excellent projects. Dr. Ortiz also gives us a sneak peak of SPOHP’s 2013-2014 Public Program line up. Surprise, surprise, it sounds fantastic.

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Professor Paul Ortiz serves as Director of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program and associate professor of history at the University of Florida. He is an affiliated faculty member of Latin American Studies, African American Studies and Women’s Studies at UF. His publications include the book Emancipation Betrayed, a history of the Black Freedom struggle in Florida, and Remembering Jim Crow: African Americans Tell About Life in the Segregated South. Dr. Ortiz is the recipient of the Harry T. and Harriett V. Moore Book Prize, the Lillian Smith Book Prize and the Carey McWilliams Book Award. He is on the international editorial board of Palgrave Studies in Oral History.

The Oral History Review, published by the Oral History Association, is the U.S. journal of record for the theory and practice of oral history. Its primary mission is to explore the nature and significance of oral history and advance understanding of the field among scholars, educators, practitioners, and the general public. Follow them on Twitter at @oralhistreview, like them on Facebook, or follow the latest OUPblog posts to preview, learn, connect, discover, and study oral history.

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