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The 'Gainesville High School (Alachua County) Oral History Collection' was a class project where students at Gainesville High School (Gainesville, Florida) conducted interviews in May 1971 with 63 older--and elderly-- Gainesville residents. These interviewees discuss a wide variety of subjects regarding their life in Gainesville--some reminiscences going back so far as the 1910s and 1920s. The topics include attending UF, working at UF, impact of UF on community, growth of UF, UF student antics in town, careers, fashions, impact of Prohibition and Depression and World War II on community, dating rules, sports, newspapers, notable residents, epidemics, religions and religious prejudice, Ku Klux Klan parades, downtown landscape, streets and roads, alcohol sales, railroads, lifestyles, white and black schools and teachers, entertainment, jobs, business establishments, churches and synagogues, holidays--including religious celebrations, hospitals, social and civic organizations, slave ancestry, race relations, segregation, fires, transportation, Paynes Prairie, among many other subjects.


The 'Gainesville High School (Alachua County) Oral History Collection' is part of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program is an affiliated program of the University of Florida's Department of History. Its collections include approximately 4,000 interviews and more than 85,000 pages of transcribed material, making it the largest oral history archive in the South and one of the major collections in the country. The transcribed interviews are available for use by research scholars, students, journalists, genealogists, and other interested groups. Researchers have used our oral history material for theses, dissertations, articles, and books.

Digitization of the collection has been funded in part by the generous donation of Caleb and Michele Grimes.

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