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University of Florida (Gainesville, FL 32611-0001)
Kevin Tang (Project Director: July 2020 to September 2021)
Sarah Moeller (Project Director: September 2021 to present)
Reanimating African American Oral Histories of the Gulf South

The reformatting and annotation of 500 oral histories of African Americans from the Gulf South, representing the stories of people who lived through the transatlantic slave trade up to the present day, as well as the development of a new web search interface and 150 curriculum modules for K-12 educators.

An interdisciplinary collaboration between UF Linguistics, Oral History program, and George A. Smathers Libraries will reanimate 500 interviews with African Americans in the Gulf South, a population absent from many other oral history collections, with rich annotations and a web-based customizable interface. Our design harnesses computational linguistic methods and is informed by the needs and expertise of three diverse user groups, resulting in a host of improved accessibility outcomes. For education, teachers will be provided an easy to use interface to enhance student engagement with localized curriculum using the interviews. For linguistics, researchers will have access to an unprecedented amount of spoken African American data to investigate African American language change and regionality, and racially-based biases in speech technologies. Finally, oral history programs across the country will be offered a new means of enhancing accessibility into their own archival collections.

Project fields:
African American History; American Studies; Computational Linguistics

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

$349,990 (approved)
$349,990 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2021 – 6/30/2024