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Testimonios: Documenting the Lives and Faith of Latino Immigrants, 2001-2002

A Guide to the Collection of Oral History Interviews at Indiana University Bloomington

Finding aid prepared by the staff of the Center for the Study of History and Memory with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities Division of Preservation and Access, 2000-2002

Overview of the Collection

Repository
Indiana University Center for the Study of History and Memory
Indiana University
400 North Sunrise Drive
Weatherly Hall North, Room 122
Bloomington, IN 47405
Phone: 812/855-2856
Fax: 812/855-0002
E-mail: ohrc@indiana.edu
http://www.indiana.edu/~cshm

Creator
Indiana University Center for the Study of History and Memory

Title
Testimonios: Documenting the Lives and Faith of Latino Immigrants, 2001-2002

Project No.
ohrc104

Interviews
11 interviews. Audiotapes, transcripts, and collateral materials.

Physical Location
Interviews are housed in Weatherly Hall North, Room 122. Copies are also housed at the Indiana University Archives in Herman B Wells Library E460. For other locations housing the interviews from this project, please contact the Center for the Study of History and Memory office.

Language
Materials are in English and Spanish.

Abstract
The project deals with Latino immigrants, most of whom are from Mexico and have settled in and around Indianapolis, Indiana. The interviewees discuss immigrating, transitioning into life in the United States, the important role religion--Catholicism in particular--plays in their lives, and the active role they take in their communities. Most of the transcribed interviews are in Spanish.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains eleven interviews conducted over one year. The interviews range from thirty to ninety-five minutes. All interviews consist of audio tapes and most have typed transcripts in Spanish.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Oral history interviews conducted by the Indiana University Center for the Study of History and Memory from 1968 to the present, with particular focus on the history of twentieth-century America and the Midwest.
Usage Restrictions
The archive of the Center for the Study of History and Memory at Indiana University is open to the use of researchers. Copies of transcript pages are available only when such copies are permitted by the deed of gift signed by the interviewee. Scholars must honor any restrictions the interviewee placed on the use of the interview. Since some of our earlier (pre-computer) transcripts do not exist in final form, any editing marks in a transcript (deletions, additions, corrections) are to be quoted as marked. Tapes may not be copied for patrons unless the deed of gift permits it, and a transcript is unavailable for that interview. The same rules of use that apply to a transcript apply to the taped interview. Interviews may not be reproduced in full for any public use, but excerpted quotes may be used as long as researchers fully cite the data in their research, including accession number, interview date, interviewee's and interviewer's name, and page(s).
Preferred Citation
[interviewee first name last name] interview, by [interviewer first name last name], [interview date(s)], [call number], [project name], Center for the Study of History and Memory, Indiana University, Bloomington, [page number(s) or tape number and side if no transcript].
Interview List

Interviewee
Aguayo, Norberto; Aguayo, Maria Teresa March 3, 2002 

Call Number
02-059

Physical Description

8 pages; 1 tape, 1 7/8 ips, 35 minutes; index; transcribed in Spanish

Interviewer
Sharp, Ethan

Access Status

Open

Scope and Content Note

Maria Teresa Aguayo and her husband Norberto Aguayo, talk about their immigration to Indiana from Mexico. They discuss their activities through the Hispanic ministries of St. Patrick Catholic Church. They discuss the difficulties of their transition into life in the United States. The Aguayos also discuss their involvement in the pro-life movement.

  • Keywords
    • Corporation Names
    • St. Patrick Catholic Church
    • Place Names
    • Indianapolis, Indiana
    • Mexico
    • Subjects
    • Catholic church
    • immigration
    • Latino communities
    • pro-life movement

Interviewee
Aguilera, Vicente June 7, 2002 

Call Number
02-070

Physical Description

12 pages; 1 tape, 1 7/8 ips, 60 minutes; index; transcribed in Spanish

Interviewer
Sharp, Ethan

Access Status

Open

Scope and Content Note

Vicente Aguilera tells about his immigration from Mexico to Indiana, his experiences as a migrant worker in Whiteland, and his different jobs and struggles in Indianapolis. He talks about his marriage, the births of his daughters, the death of his wife, and his second marriage. He discusses a prolonged sickness that he suffered, and his healing. He talks about his conversion to evangelical Christianity, his role as a pastor, and his association with the international organization Pentecostal Church of God.

  • Keywords
    • Corporation Names
    • Templo Betel Church
    • Occupation Names
    • pastor
    • Place Names
    • Indianapolis, Indiana
    • Mexico
    • Subjects
    • immigration
    • Latino communities
    • migrant workers

Interviewee
Amezcua, Javier January 31, 2002 

Call Number
02-058

Physical Description

12 pages; 1 tape, 1 7/8 ips, 50 minutes; index; transcribed in Spanish

Interviewer
Sharp, Ethan

Access Status

Open

Scope and Content Note

Javier Amezcua talks about his immigration to the United States from Mexico, his move to Indianapolis, Indiana, and his first jobs there. He tells the history of his restaurant. Amezcua talks about the Catholic church, his participation in the festivities of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and the lack of Spanish masses. He also discusses his role in Alianza Mexicana (Mexican Alliance).

  • Keywords
    • Corporation Names
    • Mexican Alliance of Indiana
    • Occupation Names
    • restaurant owner
    • Place Names
    • Indianapolis, Indiana
    • Mexico
    • Subjects
    • Catholicism
    • immigration
    • Latino communities
    • Mexican restaurants

Interviewee
Imán, Ricardo April 30, 2002 

Call Number
02-065

Physical Description

11 pages; 1 tape, 1 7/8 ips, 50 minutes; index; transcribed in Spanish

Interviewer
Sharp, Ethan

Access Status

Open

Scope and Content Note

Ricardo Imán tells about his education and life as a member of the order of Hermanos De La Salle (De La Salle Christian Brothers) in Mexico. He discusses his move to Indiana and his role in Hispanic Catholic ministries. Imán discusses his perceptions of the Latino communities and of the Catholic church.

  • Keywords
    • Corporation Names
    • De La Salle Christian Brothers
    • St. Mary Catholic Church
    • St. Monica Catholic Church
    • St. Patrick Catholic Church
    • Occupation Names
    • teacher
    • Personal Names
    • O'Mara, Michael
    • Place Names
    • Indianapolis, Indiana
    • Mexico
    • Subjects
    • Catholicism
    • immigration
    • Latino communities

Interviewee
Morales, Evangelina April 9, 2002 

Call Number
02-062

Physical Description

14 pages; 1 tape, 1 7/8 ips, 60 minutes; index; transcribed in Spanish

Interviewer
Sharp, Ethan

Access Status

Open

Scope and Content Note

Eva Morales tells about her life in Mexico, her marriage, her move to the United States, and her life in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she finally settled. She discusses her involvement in Mexican-American civic associations, the Hispanic Center, Fiesta Indianapolis, and the Catholic church. Morales discusses the beginnings and growth of the Hispanic ministries at St. Patrick Catholic Church, and the roles of both herself and her husband in the church. She also discusses her experiences with learning English.

  • Keywords
    • Corporation Names
    • Hispanic Center of Indianapolis
    • St. Mary Catholic Church
    • St. Patrick Catholic Church
    • Wishard Memorial Hospital Hispanic Services
    • Family Names
    • Espinoza
    • Occupation Names
    • educator
    • Personal Names
    • Duffy, Mary Kay
    • Fox, Tom
    • Place Names
    • Indianapolis, Indiana
    • Mexico
    • Subjects
    • Catholicism
    • immigration
    • Latino communities

Interviewee
Quiroz, Consuelo E. June 5, 2002 

Call Number
02-069

Physical Description

13 pages; 1 tape, 1 7/8 ips, 60 minutes; index

Interviewer
Sharp, Ethan

Access Status

Open

Scope and Content Note

Consuelo Espinoza Quiroz discusses her early life and education. She talks about her family as a child and as an adult. She discusses migration from Texas to Indiana and what a transition it was. She discusses her involvement in the Catholic church, the Spanish services, and the importance of her faith. Quiroz talks about jobs that she's held and opening her own beauty salon. She also tells about her experiences with racism.

  • Keywords
    • Corporation Names
    • St. Mary Catholic Church
    • St. Patrick Catholic Church
    • Personal Names
    • Fox, Tom
    • Morales, Evangelina
    • Place Names
    • Indianapolis, Indiana
    • Mexico
    • Texas
    • Subjects
    • Catholicism
    • family
    • Latino communities
    • migrant workers
    • migration

Interviewee
Sanchez, Luis April 4, 2002 

Call Number
02-061

Physical Description

11 pages; 1 tape, 1 7/8 ips, 55 minutes; index; transcribed in Spanish

Interviewer
Sharp, Ethan

Access Status

Open

Scope and Content Note

Luis Sanchez tells about his studies and professional life in Colombia, his move to the United States, and his jobs in Indianapolis, Indiana. He discusses his involvement in St. Patrick Catholic Church, explains the evolution of his faith, and offers his perceptions of the Catholic church and the Latino communities in Indianapolis.

  • Keywords
    • Corporation Names
    • St. Patrick Catholic Church
    • Occupation Names
    • restaurant worker
    • Place Names
    • Colombia
    • Indianapolis, Indiana
    • Subjects
    • Catholicism
    • immigration
    • Latino communities

Interviewee
Tapia, Maria April 12, 2002 

Call Number
02-063

Physical Description

13 pages; 1 tape, 1 7/8 ips, 50 minutes; index

Interviewer
Sharp, Ethan

Access Status

Open

Scope and Content Note

Maria Tapia discusses immigrating to East Chicago, Indiana from Mexico at the age of thirteen for her stepfather's employment. She discusses her early life, education, different occupations, and her drive to better herself and give back to the community. She discusses her involvement in founding various Hispanic organizations in Indiana including Fiesta Indianapolis, Indiana Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Hispanic Education Center, a Spanish speaking radio program, and Hispanic Hoosiers newsletter. Tapia discusses the history of Latino communities in Indiana and the hardships many Latino immigrants face all over the United States. She also discusses the importance of her Catholic faith.

  • Keywords
    • Corporation Names
    • Hispanic Education Center
    • Hispanic Hoosiers
    • Personal Names
    • Diaz, Delia
    • Place Names
    • East Chicago, Indiana
    • Indianapolis, Indiana
    • Mexico
    • Subjects
    • Catholicism
    • immigration
    • Latino communities

Interviewee
Valdez, Angela; Valdez, Gerardo May 25, 2002 

Call Number
02-067

Physical Description

11 pages; 1 tape, 1 7/8 ips, 60 minutes; index; transcribed in Spanish

Interviewer
Sharp, Ethan

Access Status

Open

Scope and Content Note

Angela Valdez and her husband, Gerardo Valdez, tell about their life histories and the evolution of their Catholic faith. They discuss their life in Mexico, their move to Los Angeles, and finally to Indianapolis, Indiana. The Valdezes discuss their involvement in St. Patrick Catholic Church, particularly in a charismatic prayer group. They address several details of their faith and discusses changes within the Catholic church.

  • Keywords
    • Corporation Names
    • St. Patrick Catholic Church
    • Personal Names
    • Fox, Tom
    • Place Names
    • Indianapolis, Indiana
    • Los Angeles, California
    • Mexico
    • Subjects
    • Catholic charismatics
    • Catholicism
    • immigration
    • Latino communities
    • migration

Interviewee
Vasquez, Francis July 26, 2001 

Call Number
02-057

Physical Description

Not transcribed; 1 tape, 1 7/8 ips, 40 minutes

Interviewer
Sharp, Ethan

Access Status

Open

Scope and Content Note

Francis Vasquez discusses immigration to the United States and Latino communities in central Indiana. He also talks about his faith.

  • Keywords
    • Place Names
    • central Indiana
    • Subjects
    • immigration
    • Latino communities
    • religious beliefs

Interviewee
Woodburn, Soledad March 26, 2002 

Call Number
02-060

Physical Description

Not transcribed; 2 tapes, 1 7/8 ips, 90 minutes

Interviewer
Sharp, Ethan

Access Status

Open

Scope and Content Note

Soledad Woodburn discusses immigration and Latino communities. He also discusses his faith.

  • Keywords
    • Place Names
    • central Indiana
    • Subjects
    • immigration
    • Latino communities
    • religious beliefs