Texas A&M University Kingsville, South Texas Archives

South Texas Hispanic Farm Labor Communities Oral History Project



Collection Summary

Creator Dr. Mark Robbins and Dr. Christine Reiser Robbins
Title South Texas Hispanic Farm Labor Communities Oral History Project
Dates: 2013-2016
Abstract: The South Texas Hispanic Farm Labor Communities Oral History Project is a multi-disciplinary collaboration which incorporates oral history, archaeology, archival analysis, and public humanities to document and preserve the perspectives of individuals in South Texas who lived and worked as Hispanic farm laborers in the region from 1930-1990. A partnership between the Nueces County Historical Commission, Del Mar College, and Texas A&M University-Kingsville, the project brings together community members, faculty, and college students to record an under-represented aspect of regional history. The project began in 2012, and is directed by Dr. Mark Robbins (Associate Professor of History, Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, Texas) and Dr. Christine Reiser Robbins (Assistant Professor of History, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Kingsville, Texas).
Identification A2016-057
Collection URL http://archives.tamuk.edu/ead.php?xml=Farm%20Labor%20Oral%20History%20EAD
Quantity: 27 Oral Interviews, 21 transcriptions and notes only for 5 additional interviews.
Location: Born Digital Collection
Language: English and Spanish

Historical Note

During the first half of the century, agriculture served as the economic engine for much of the region. This growth in agricultural production depended on a labor force largely consisting of Hispanic workers. Unfortunately, the perspectives of these workers are underrepresented the region’s public history. Yet the experiences of Hispanic farm laborers, the communities they formed, and their impact on South Texas economic and cultural life exists today within the memories of current South Texas residents.


Scope and Contents

The South Texas Hispanic Farm Labor Communities Oral History Project is a multi-disciplinary collaboration which incorporates oral history, archaeology, archival analysis, and public humanities to document and preserve the perspectives of individuals in South Texas who lived and worked as Hispanic farm laborers in the region from 1930-1990. Included are twenty-seven oral interviews; twenty-one transcriptions; and notes only for five additional interviews.


Arrangement

Arranged in three series: Series I: General Series II: Rancho Colorado Series III: Robstown Labor Camp

Index Terms

Persons
Robbins, Mark
Robbins, Christine Reisner
Organizations
Del Mar Community College
Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Pan American Roundtable
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Collegiate High School (Corpus Christi, Tex.)
Geographical Names
Robstown (Tex.)
Petronila (Tex.)
Subjects
Humanities -- Texas, South
Rancho Cororado Cemetery
Migrant Labor -- Camps -- Texas, South
Agricultural laborers
Agriculture| -- Economic aspects