Many Paths, Many Voices: Oral Histories from the University of Washington Special Collections

Many Paths, Many Voices: Oral Histories from the University of Washington Special Collections

Since 1960 oral historians recorded interviews with members of the Scandinavian American, African American, Japanese American, and Jewish communities in Seattle and Washington State. Later, this effort broadened to document the Northwest arts community and spawned new projects such as the North Cascades History Project.

Yale University Libraries. Latinx Studies: Oral Histories

Yale University Libraries. Latinx Studies: Oral Histories

At this site are: 1) Bracero History Archive – The Bracero History Archive collects and makes available the oral histories and artifacts pertaining to the Bracero program, a guest worker initiative that spanned the years 1942-1964. Millions of Mexican agricultural workers crossed the border under the program to work in more than half of the states in America; 2) Hispanic Communities Documentation Project (Brooklyn Historical Society) Over fifty interviews were conducted to document the experiences of Brooklyn residents who arrived from Puerto Rico, Panama, Ecuador, and several other Central and South American nations in the latter half of the twentieth century. This collection includes recordings and transcripts of interviews conducted between 1988 and 1989; 3) Latino Arts and Culture Oral History Project (Institute for Latino Studies, Notre Dame) More than 100 interviews have been recorded with Latino leaders, writers, poets, artists, scholars, and Notre Dame Alumni, with a particular emphasis on the Midwestern United States.

The Chinese in California, 1850-1925

The Chinese in California, 1850-1925

The Chinese in California, 1850-1925 (Library of Congress). Describes experiences of Chinese immigrants in California from 1850 to 1925, including the nature of inter-ethnic tensions. Also documents specific contributions of Chinese immigrants to commerce and business, architecture and art, agriculture and other industries, and cultural and social life in California.

Center for Global Migration Studies

Center for Global Migration Studies

Center for Global Migration Studies, University of Maryland. In 2012, the Center for Global Migration Studies established the Archive of Immigrant Voices to collect stories of the experience of migration. The purpose of the Archive is to create, accumulate, and preserve a repository of memories that will not only reveal living history and features of the recent past, but will also document the fine lines of social change that might be otherwise ignored or lost to history. These stories will provide the basis for understanding how newcomers adapt to challenges and successes. The Archive unites the Center’s mission to advance scholarship and teaching while enhancing the Center’s connection to migrant communities by capturing, recording, and preserving the experience of migration, dislocation, and community formation as immigrants, asylum-seekers, refugees, and other newcomers themselves understood it. In addition to housing these oral interviews, the Archive also contains further information on the history of immigration, educator resources, and tools for conducting oral histories.

Living Refugee Archive

Living Refugee Archive

Living Refugee Archive (University of East London) is home to a growing collection of resources relating to refugees and forced migration. The Living Refugee Archive was established as a portal to help facilitate access to digital archive materials and existing archival collections including the Refugee Council Archive at the University of East London. The LRA takes an active role in documenting the heritage and narratives of the refugee and migrant experience. Archives have the power to present a narrative determined by the documentary evidence that has survived. Archive have the power to preserve community memory and influence individual identity. What is the role of archives in enabling refugees to have a voice in the social, legal and political empowerment of communities?

University of California Berkeley Library. Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies: Digital Archives & Oral History Collections.

University of California Berkeley Library. Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies: Digital Archives & Oral History Collections.

In 2012, the Center for the History of the New America (now the Center for Global Migration Studies) established the Archive of Immigrant Voices to collect stories of the experience of migration. The purpose of the archive is to create, accumulate, and preserve a repository of memories that will not only reveal living history and features of the recent past, but will also document the fine lines of social change that might be otherwise ignored or lost to history. These stories will provide the basis for understanding how newcomers adapt to challenges and successes.