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The Florida Fisherfolk Oral History Collection holds interviews conducted by University of North Florida honors students in 1995. The Collection provides insight into fishing, shrimping, clamming, scalloping, oystering, and boatbuilding in some of northeastern Florida’s seaside communities.

Topics include federal and state regulations, out-of-state competition, pollution in local waterways caused by development, lack of interest by younger generations in these maritime occupations, weather conditions and currents, fish stories, and technology, among many others subjects.


The Florida Fisherfolk 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.