The research portals below link to existing oral history and media collections within the Latina/o Diaspora in the Americas Project, including 100+ oral histories conducted over the last 10 years.
Oral History Interviews
A full document of 100+ oral histories in the LDAP archives at SPOHP is available on the LDAP digital listing.
In the 2014-2015 year, LDAP students focused on the Tucson Ethnic Studies collection, conducting interviews with educators, administrators and students associated with the Mexican American Studies program in the Tucson Unified School District in Tucson, Arizona. These powerful interviews center around the lack of access to quality education for Latina/o youth, and highlight the Tucson community’s determination to create an empowering educational program, which successfully reduced the area high school dropout rate. Although the state legislature was banned the Mexican American Studies program from TUSD, the power of the education that was taught in those classroom is alive in these interviews.
Browse: Oral history interviews for the Latina/o Diaspora in the Americas Project are currently undergoing processing, and audio is available to access through the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program offices.
Documentary Films with IHLC, Spanish Service Learning Classes, and More
In 2019, SPOHP’s LDAP team completed the documentary project “The Making of La Casita.” With funding from the UF Office of the Provost, LDAP was able to expand on the “Nuestras Historias” oral history collection to create a documentary that encompasses an intricate history of Latinx education, solidarity and resilience at the University of Florida.
- Watch “The Making of La Casita,” now available on YouTube
The “Nuestras Historias” documentary includes interviews with Hispanic-Latina/o alumni from the University of Florida and the Institute of Hispanic-Latino Cultures. The film, created for IHLC’s 20th founding anniversary, is dedicated to revealing the story of the Hispanic-Latina/o community at UF: who are the students, what has their experience been like, and what legacy do they leave as they graduate?
Browse: LDAP documentaries are separated into listings on production:
Podcast: The Farmworker Association of Florida Series
The Farmworker Association of Florida, based out of Apopka in Central Florida, is dedicated to building power among farmworker and rural low-income communities to respond to and gain control over the social, political, workplace, economic, health, and environmental justice issues that impact their lives. Graduate coordinator Erin Conlin taught the summer oral history seminar in 2013, organizing field research to Apopka to conduct oral histories, with the resulting FAF podcast series with 15+ interviewees.
Browse: Search the podcast section for a full listing of student-produced history presentations about Latina/o experiences.