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Gulf Coast Digital History Project

The Gulf Coast Digital History Project offers students, scholars, and researchers unique opportunities to explore the maritime history and heritage of the Gulf Coast.

About the Project

The Gulf Coast Digital History Project is an interdisciplinary effort that involves several professions, academic fields, and institutes. The digitization project began in May 2018 at the UWF Archives. The project is led by the UWF Digital Humanities Lab.

The project team includes Dr. Amy Mitchell-Cook, Dr. John Jensen, and Dr. Jamin Wells from the Department of History; Dr. Della Scott-Ireton from the Florida Public Archaeology Network; and Melissa Gonzalez from the UWF John C. Pace Library. The Gulf Coast Digital History Project seeks to strengthen research, teaching, and learning by creating an accessible network of history and heritage resources. 

This project is made possible by a National Maritime Heritage Grant from the National Parks Service and the generous support of the University of West Florida, including the Department of History, and The University Archives and West Florida Research Center.

Launch Event, December 10, 2020

The UWF Department of History and project partners unveil the Gulf Coast Digital History Project. The launch event occurred December 10, 2020. 


Gulf South Documents

Explore thousands of digitized photographs, maps, and other historic documents.

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Selected Readings

Search through a curated list of books and articles about the region’s maritime history.

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Additional Resources

Connect with our partner institutions, archival holdings, publications, and other relevant resources.

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Featured Collections

Port of Pensacola

1970s Pensacola, FL: Explore images of the Port of Pensacola.


Destin Fishing Rodeo Records

Destin Fishing Rodeo Records: Explore billfishing tournament records from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.


Partners and Acknowledgements

The Gulf Coast Digital History Project seeks to foster research, teaching, and learning about the northern Gulf of Mexico by creating an accessible clearinghouse of history and heritage resources. Led by the UWF Digital Humanities Lab, the project team includes representatives from the UWF Department of History, the Florida Public Archaeology Network, and the UWF University Libraries. 

Meet our Partners