The U.S. Latino & Latina WWII Oral History Project was initiated in 1999 within the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. In the fall of 1999, a journalism class dedicated to the project produced a newspaper of stories from the first interviews. The Austin American-Statesman provided production expertise and printed the first issue; the San Antonio Express-News provided the same help the next semester.
For eight issues, from 1999 to 2004, the two newspapers alternated production. Interviews recorded by volunteers throughout the country were viewed by UT journalism students who wrote 800 to 1,000-word stories and got side-by-side editing sessions with professional journalists.
Two volunteer military historians, Bill Davies, of the Military Museum in Sacramento, CA., and Richard Brito, Col., Ret., of Austin, provided fact-checking of each story, cross-referencing heavily with military reference books and Web sites for various WWII units. Finally, the stories were sent to the interview subjects, or their family members, for pre-publication fact-checking.
Narratives, the newspaper, was discontinued in spring 2004. The final issue was remarkable in the quantity of stories (105 stories) and heft (112 pages) and was a clear demonstration of the richness of material available in the interviews.
Stories of U.S. Latinos & Latinas of the WWII Generation was a newspaper dedicated to the project. It was produced from 1999 to 2004, in eight issues. It ceased publication in 2004 to allow staff to concentrate on other components of the Project. More recent interviews are available in summary form to subscribers of the newsletter Narratives Insider, as well as in digital form on this Web site. The Narratives newspaper is no longer available for mailing.
Volume 4. No.2 Spring 2004
Volume 4. No.1 Spring 2003
Volume 3. No.2 Spring 2002
Volume 3. No.1 Fall 2001
Volume 2. No.2 Spring 2001
Volume 2. No.1 Fall 2000
Volume 1. No.2 Spring 2000
Volume 1. No.1 Fall 1999