Gulf Coast Digital History Portal

The Gulf Coast Digital History Project offers researchers the opportunity to explore the history of the Gulf Coast.

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About the Portal

The Gulf Coast Digital History Portal is an open-access clearinghouse for resources related to the maritime history and heritage of the Gulf Coast of the United States. Use the links below to access over 5,000 historic documents related to the Gulf’s maritime history, and connect to existing scholarship and our partner institutions.

Digitized Scans: Gulf South Documents

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

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Scholarships: Selected Readings

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

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Resources: Additional Resources

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

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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’s co-PIs are Dr. Amy Mitchell-Cook, Dr. John Jensen, and Dr. Jamin Wells from the Department of History; Dr. Drella 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. 


Partners and Acknowledgements

This project is a collaborative enterprise that connects the available Gulf South resources to researchers. In this effort, the project relies on the support of both institutes and individuals. The National Park Service has provided generous funding for this work through the 2017 National Maritime Heritage Grant Program. The project is also sponsored by the University of West Florida with significant support from the University’s Archives and the John C. Pace Library. The Archives, consisting of Dean DeBolt, Tim Bulger, and John Blackie, has taken primary lead of the initial student team of Geoffrey Ramirez, Brianna West, and Lina Bahrom.

The project would also like to extend its thanks its many partners to include the following: the Gulf Breeze Area Historical Society, the Destin History and Fishing Museum, the Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum, and the Naval Aviation Museum.