The VOCES Oral History Project Archive
On exhibit in the Main Reading Room
The VOCES Oral History Project, formerly the U.S. Latino & Latina WWII Oral History Project, was begun in 1999 by Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez, a professor with the School of Journalism and the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.
It has been estimated that anywhere from 250,000 to as many as 750,000 Latinos and Latinas served in the armed forces during World War II. Despite making strong contributions to the nation and to their communities, the general histories of the period have not included the experiences of this generation of Latinos, regardless of national background. Because of that omission, the U.S. Latino & Latina WWII Oral History Project was begun. In 2009, the project expanded into the Korean and Vietnam War eras, and changed its name to the VOCES Oral History Project to reflect its expanded collections. By creating an archive of excellent primary source material, it is anticipated that writers will understand and include the stories of U.S. Latinos in future accounts.
The VOCES Oral History Project Archive, housed at the Benson Latin American Collection, contains oral history interviews, including audio and video tapes and DVDs, transcripts, narrative stories, photographs, correspondence, and ephemera. The collection also includes press and publications related to the VOCES Project, as well as research materials related more generally to Latinos and war. The VOCES Oral History Project continues to transfer materials from its more than 900 interviews.