Collection: Boulder County Latino History

This collection of interviews about Latinos in Boulder County consists of two parts. There is a set of earlier interviews that were collected from 1976 through the early 2000s. In 2013 the Boulder County Latino History Project gathered a wide range of information, including through oral history interviews, about the experiences and contributions of Latinos to this area over the past century. The 40+ interviews that they recorded are archived as part of this larger collection about Latino oral history. The second phase of the Boulder County Latino History Project will be to make that material widely available by developing a website, writing a book, and working with the two local school districts to incorporate Latino history and culture into teaching units.

Toledo, David and Medina, Maria – OH0080
Interview Date: ca.1978

This interview was recorded in Spanish probably in 1978 for the project “Boulder’s Chicano Community.” Part A is an interview with David Toledo, referred to as “Don” David. Part B is an interview with Maria Medina. The female interviewer was … Continue reading

Tovar, Augustina Maza – OH0820
Interview Date: 1996

Places: Johnstown, Longmont, Brighton, Mexico   People: Tovar and Maza families   Subjects: church, sugar beets – thinning and topping, school, living with in-laws, racial differences, illegally crossing border, activities as senior citizen, quilting, Senior Center, exercise

Valdez, Euvaldo – OH1856
Interview Date: July 17, 2013

Euvaldo Valdez discusses his family’s roots in Abo, New Mexico on a merced land grant, his life growing up in Abo and in Albuquerque, and how he came to live in Boulder in 1969.  He talks about his employment as … Continue reading

Velasco, Maria – OH1901
Interview Date: August, 12, 2013

Maria Velasco is a program director at Intercambio de Communidades, a program that offers volunteer-taught English classes for adult immigrants, classes and workshops on life skills and citizenship, and cultural trainings and events for all community members. Maria is responsible … Continue reading

Vigil, Juanita (“Jennie”) and Others – OH1022
Interview Date: 2001

TOPICS: Life on the Lohr farm, 1949-1950 (household chores, children’s games, walking to Hygiene School, canning, sewing); Description of farmstead (livestock, crops, outhouse); Description of farmhouse (bedrooms, kitchen)

Villagran, Lily and Lucia – OH 1884
Interview Date: August 7, 2013

Lucia Villagran was born in El Fresno, Chihuahua, Mexico, in 1926. Lily, her daughter, was born in Canutillo, Texas, in 1958. Lucia’s husband worked in the fields in New Mexico and came to Colorado in 1976 to work in the … Continue reading

Young, David B. (Atekpatzin) – OH1898
Interview Date: September 10, 2013

David Atekpatzin Young was born in 1956 and moved to Boulder in 1972 so his mother (Maria Dora Esquivel, an activist who died in May 2013) could attend the University of Colorado. In this interview he talks about his ethnic … Continue reading

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