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Latina/o Diaspora in the Americas Project (LDAP)

The Latina/o Diaspora in the Americas Project, newly founded in 2014, is a growing, award-winning archive of 100+ oral histories dedicated to creating space for Latina/os to share their historical experiences related to identity, immigration reform, labor conditions, education, and civil rights.


Archival Collections

  • Oral history interviews for the Latina/o Diaspora in the Americas Project are currently undergoing processing, and interview audio is available to access through the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program offices. Please contact us for more information.
  • Digital media resources including documentaries, student film projects, and podcasts are now online! 
  • 2014 LDAP Listing including all collections and interviewees is available online.
  • LDAP Familia, a WordPress blog maintained by project coordinators, is newly-launched for Fall 2015 as a storybox to share experiences and reflections. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpbMYx71cIU

Mini-Documentary Premieres at Jews in the Americas Conference, February 24-26, 2019

Samuel Proctor Oral History Program staffers Francesc Morales and Elaine Sponholtz attended the opening night events of the Jews in the Americas Conference at Library East, to celebrate the premiere of their 21 minute mini-documentary on The History of the Jewish Community in El Salvador in the Judaica Suite. The new mini-documentary weaves together excerpts of six representative interviews with Salvadorans, augmented by images of El Salvador. It includes the story of two WWII era Salvadoran diplomats, who provided fictional citizenship documents for Jews fleeing Europe. Working together from the Salvadoran consulate in Geneva, thousands of Jews were saved from transport to concentration camps due to the certificates issued by George Mandel-Montello and José Arturo Castellanos Contreras. 

The History of the Jewish Community in El Salvador is one of the main projects we have in the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program. These valuable collection of documents are the product of research conducted by Fulbright Scholar Jessica Alpert, who spent a year collecting the oral histories of the approximately sixty Jewish families of El Salvador. The transcription and translation of the interviews are possible thanks to a collaboration with Rebecca Jefferson of the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica and funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The collection documents the community-building efforts of Jewish immigrants to El Salvador, some arriving in the 1920s and starting coffee plantations, and many more arriving after fleeing the Nazi occupation during World War II. Indeed, almost all of the families were from France or Tunisia and, after moving to El Salvador, became connected to the United States of America through their children, or through their escape from the war in the 1980s. In addition, a few members converted from Christianity to Judaism.

Link to SPOHP’s The History of the Jewish Community in El Salvador Project

2015 Diversity Award

LDAP was recently awarded the Society of American Archivists‘ Diversity Award for 2015 for demonstrating significant achievement in archival activism, education, outreach, and service, based on long-term impacts improving and promoting diversity. Founding coordinator Génesis Lara accepted the award in August 2015 at the SAA conference in Cleveland, OH.

Ongoing Research

Research topics in Spring 2015 focused on Tucson, Arizona, home to 145,234 Mexican Americans, and the Mexican American Studies program in the Tucson Unified School District. LDAP Coordinator Génesis Lara led 11 undergraduate and graduate students to Tucson over spring break to record the voices of students, community leaders, parents, and educators who have been deeply affected by Arizona policymakers, in connection with Prescott College.

UF students and project coordinators were able to participate in this transformative experience at no cost because of generous contributions from Mark Proctor, the UF Spanish and Portuguese Studies Department, and SPOHP.

Each semester, LDAP conducts new oral histories related to Latinos in the Global South on themes including identity, immigration reform, labor conditions, education and civil rights. Major topics of focus include immigration history in the Americas, Nuestras Historias with Hispanic-Latino UF alumni, and the Tucson Ethnic Studies program. Read about news and updates on the LDAP Familia blog.

In 2015-2016, LDAP will coordinate a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities/American Library Association for ‘Latino Americans: 500 Years of History’ to conduct history programming across the state of Florida. The grant is organized by Sarah McNamara, SPOHP alumna and current PhD candidate in history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with LDAP.

Latino History Project Events and Research News

  • New Course Offered: A Black and Latinx History of the Gator Nation For the Spring Semester 2019, SPOHP and African American Studies will be offering a course titled “A Black and Latinx History of the Gator Nation.” Students will be able to draw on hundreds of interviews about UF history, as well as correspondence and other documents archived both with SPOHP and with the Smathers Libraries. Students ...
  • Join us for “La Casita Encuentro (Reunion)” on Wednesday Oct. 3rd in Ustler Hall, at 6pm! Participate in a public dialogue between founding members of UF’s Institute of Hispanic-Latino Cultures, known as “La Casita,” and those who were there during its earliest years. Our participants include the students who petitioned and labored to create the house, and the faculty who supported their efforts and/or became involved once the institute was up ...
  • Video of Dr. Ortiz Book Talk Click this photo for a videotaped version (87 min.) of the 8/28 book talk presented at Smathers Library East by Dr. Paul Ortiz, Director of SPOHP, on his recent book: An African and Latinx History of the United States. It was kindly co-sponsored and hosted by the Smathers Libraries’ Latin American and Caribbean Collection. YouTube ...
  • Intersections Grant Awarded! Dr. Paul Ortiz and SPOHP will take part in developing UF undergrad courses on Intersections of Global Blackness and Latinx Identity through an Intersections Research-Into-Teaching Grant from the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere & Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This Intersections group will emphasize how popular culture, visual arts, and performance reverberate globally through ...
  • Our Summer B Intro to Oral History Course Will Focus on FL Farmworker History Summer B 2018, July 2 – August 10 AMH 3593: Introduction to Oral History Course Overview This course will introduce students to the theories and methods of oral history. Oral history is an important methodological approach to documenting the past which allows historians to engage directly with narrators who share their life experiences touching on any number of ...
  • Tale of Two Houses: A Dialogue on Black and Latinx History at UF Event: Tale of Two Houses: A Dialogue on Black and Latinx History at UF Date: Friday, March 30, 2018 Time: 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM Location: Pugh Hall – Ocora Join us for a discussion on the histories of the Institute of Black Culture (IBC) and the Institute of Hispanic/Latino Cultures (La Casita), including their founding and their entwined legacies. ...
  • “Voices of Dreamers” Students fundraising for SOHA Conference in LA Since launching the “Voices of Dreamers” project to conduct interviews with undocumented students, our students are now fundraising to share their research at the Southwestern Oral History Conference at Cal State Fullerton this April. Read more "“Voices of Dreamers” Students fundraising for SOHA Conference in LA"
  • NAFTA’s Long Shadow: Where immigration and economic policy meet SPOHP alumna and longtime research collaborator Dr. Sarah McNamara was published on Public Seminar with an essay titled, “NAFTA’s Long Shadow Where immigration and economic policy meet.” Sarah is a professor and historian at Texas A & M University whose work centers on Latinx, women and gender, and labor in the modern United States. Read a sample ...
  • Our Year-End Journal is Available Now Dear Friends of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, As you will read in this exciting end-of- year progress report, SPOHP has reached more students, scholars, and members of the general public than ever. We have conducted community-based oral history workshops with churches, businesses, university classes, veteran’s groups, African American history museums, Native American nations and ...
  • Black and Latinx History of the Gator Nation: Spring 2018 Course AFA 4931: A BLACK AND LATINXHISTORY OF THE GATOR NATION This upcoming Spring, the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program is offering a oral history methods course course called Black and Latinx History of the Gator Nation. Students enrolled in this course in Spring 2018 (MWF 5th) will create new archives on Black and Latinx history at UF, ...

Latina/o Diaspora in the Americas Project Coordinator

Funding and Research Sponsorship

The Latina/o Diaspora in the Americas Project is currently seeking sponsorship, and frequently partners with the Institute of Hispanic-Latino Cultures and UF’s Latin American Collection at George A. Smathers Library in research initiatives.

LDAP’s ‘Latino Americans: 500 Years of History’ grant with the NEH and ALA is coordinated in connection with Sarah McNamara, SPOHP alumna and PhD student in history at UNC-Chapel Hill.

For additional information, contact SPOHP, call the offices at (352) 392-7168, and connect with us online today.