The Wiregrass Oral History Project is a project to collect, archive, and make available to students, researchers, and the general public the oral history of the Southwest Georgia and North Florida area. Often referred to as Wiregrass Country, much of the political, social, and cultural history of this rural area has been lost through a lack of documentation and too few historical studies. This project is an attempt to rectify that and record its history for future generations.
Once collected, the original recordings and the transcripts will reside in the Special Collections of Bainbridge at ABAC. Once proper release forms, preservation measures, and transcriptions have been completed, these materials will be made available to students, scholars and the public.
Digitized collections will also be provided online once resources are available.
While all historical topics are of interest, each year a specified topic or theme will be identified and sought after. Such themes may include:
- history of Bainbridge College
- history of agriculture
- history of education
- music & folk traditions
- the Civil Rights Era
- the Great Depression
- veterans of the Wiregrass Area
Interviews will be conducted by faculty and properly-trained students. Donations of interviews will also be accepted.
To develop, conduct, archive, and make available to students, scholars and the general public oral history projects for the Southwest Georgia and North Florida region. The program will follow accepted standards for oral history in research, archives, and digitization. In addition to preserving significant historical interviews for the service area, a major component of the program will the involvement and training of ABAC at Bainbridge students.
Do you know someone who would be a great person to interview for an oral history? Perhaps you have some great stories or memories to share? Please contact us in the form below.
You may download the release/consent form and donation form here as well.
Other oral history programs:
Associations and Organizations
The Oral History Association
The American Folklife Center
Center for Public History, University of West Georgia
Reichelt Oral History Project, Florida State University
Florida Folklife Project Archives, Florida State Archives
Georgia and North Florida Collections
South Georgia Folklife Project
Georgia World War II History Project
Georgia Oral Histories at the USG’s Digital Library
Oral History Collection at the University of Georgia
Oral History Collection at Georgia State University
Civil Rights Oral Histories in Georgia