The Archive of Immigrant Voices
In 2012, the Center for the History of the New America established the Archive of Immigrant Voices to collect stories of the experience of migration. The purpose of the Archive is to create, accumulate, and preserve a repository of memories that will not only reveal living history and features of the recent past, but will also document the fine lines of social change that might be otherwise ignored or lost to history. These stories will provide the basis for understanding how newcomers adapt to challenges and successes. The Archive unites the Center's mission to advance scholarship and teaching while enhancing the Center's connection to migrant communities by capturing, recording, and preserving the experience of migration, dislocation, and community formation as immigrants, asylum-seekers, refugees, and other newcomers themselves understood it. In addition to housing these oral interviews, the Archive also contains further information on the history of immigration, educator resources, and tools for conducting oral histories.
Interviews represent a way to capture and preserve the stories of recent immigrants to the United States as a source for scholars, a classroom tool for teachers, and a resource enabling immigrants themselves to share their experiences and memories. If you are in possession of an oral history collection and would like to donate to the Archive, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Archive is housed on Omeka, and can be found at https://archiveofimmigrantvoices.omeka.net/ or by clicking the logo above!
Other versions of these interviews can be found on the University Libraries' Digital Repository for the University of Maryland here.