Cache Valley Utah is home to a rich Latino/a population whose voices are often underrepresented in local repositories. To rectify this, in 2007 Utah State University Special Collections and Archives directed an effort to collect the voices of 45 Latino/a community members; these interviews represent Phase One. The interviews feature people originally from Mexico, Guatemala, Brazil, California, Utah, and more. The interviewees talk about family, religion, employment, social issues, and interests, as well as challenges associated with relocation and cultural identity. Phase One interviews were conducted by USU-trained bilingual fieldworkers; most were conducted in Spanish. Elisaida Méndez and Randy Williams were project directors for Phase One.
Phase Two represents youth perspectives, collected in 2012 and include eight interviews with youths, 15-18 years of age, from Mountain Crest High School in Hyrum, Utah. Most of these interviews were conducted in English. USU ethnographers Eduardo Ortiz, Maria Luisa Spicer-Escalante, and Randy Williams conducted the interviews for Phase Two.
The Latino/a Voices Project received a 2009 Utah Humanities Council Human Ties Award. The Project received generous support from the Utah Humanities Council and Utah Division of State History, Utah State Historical Records Advisory Board, and the Marriner S. Eccles Foundation. The finding aid to the Latino/a Voices Project finding aid is found at Folk Collection 38.
This exhibit presents the purpose and infrastructure of the Latino/a Voices project. To explore all 54 interviews please visit the Latino/a Voices of Cache Valley Digital Collection.
Randy Williams (Digital Collection), Eduardo Ortiz, Maria Luisa Spicer-Escalante , and Heidi Williams (Digital Exhibit)