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Oral History Collections

 Collection — Container: M1981-01
Identifier: M1981-01-##0ne

Scope and Contents

Special Collections maintains oral history collections consisting of audiotape interviews with individuals in the West Florida region on a variety of subjects.  Research collections which contain oral histories are described individually in the "Guide to Special Collections" and indexed under "Oral history." 

This group encompasses individual oral history tapes which have been donated to the University, along with collateral materials and transcripts.

A number of oral histories discuss the Pensacola police department and crime in Pensacola, 1912-1915; narrators include Moses Penton (Pensacola Police Chief, 1923; Escambia County Sheriff, 1924-1934); Daisy McAllaster on the role of women in police work; Francis W. Taylor; and Thomas Bowen, who also discusses the fire department.

Another group covers the Pensacola Naval Air Station, 1914-1919; these include Lelia Abercrombie, T. T. Wentworth, Harry Carlson, Julian O. Olsen, and A. F. Forster. 

Other narrators include W. F. Hill, C. E. Abbott, W. N. Olson, N. O. Anderson, E. Anderson, T. S. Kennedy, Randolph Reedy, Sidney Powell, Ernest L. Madsen, and Blanch McMillan Smith of Chipley, Florida.

This collection was established in 1981 and tapes were transferred to this holding from other sites in Special Collections.  Tapes #1-10 were donated to Special Collections (04-07-1971) and transferred from 68-13, #30.


  • Other: Date acquired: 04/07/1971

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers, dependent on our compliance with U.S. Copyright Law, HIPPA requirements, donor agreements and other applicable state and federal statutes.  Occasionally we may need to review a collection before permitting immediate access.

Copyright may rest with the narrator or heirs.  Original tapes should not be used.

Conditions Governing Use

Digital photography, scanning, and photocopying of materials is prohibited.  Permission may be granted by the Special Collections Librarian for such reprography dependent on issues of copyright, ownership, condition, donor agreements, etc.  In general, staff do not make reproductions of copyright materials or materials for which title is not owned by the institution.  Recent revisions in the U.S. Copyright Law extended the copyright of correspondence, letters, and other personal papers to the life of the author plus seventy years.


22.00 items

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Source of Acquisition

Various donors, 1981

Processing Information

Revised 10/17/1996

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Repository Details

Part of the UWF University Archives and West Florida History Center Repository

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Pensacola FL 32514 US
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