Giving Voices to the American Latino Experience
The Voces Oral History Project documents and creates a better awareness of the contributions of U.S. Latinos and Latinas of the WWII, Korean War and Vietnam War generations. The project was created in 1999 by UT Austin School of Journalism Professor Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez and initially focused solely on the WWII generation. At the time, it was known as the U.S. Latino & Latina WWII Oral History Project. In 2010, the project expanded into the Korean War and the Vietnam War generations of Latinos and Latinas, made possible through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. With the expanded scope came a new name: Voces Oral History Project. Most of the interviews have been of military veterans, but the program has also documented the broader Latino civilian experience of men and women alike. Original materials are housed at the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection on the UT Austin campus. On the site users will find hundreds of stories, thousands of photos, oral history training videos and all the forms and guidelines a person needs to submit a videotaped interview or a tribute to the project.