VOCES Oral History Project
University of Texas-Austin

The purpose of VOCES Oral History Project is to foster a greater awareness of the contributions of U.S. Latinos in society. It began in 1999 as the U.S. Latino & Latina WWII Oral History Project to address a scarcity of research materials in that area. Its goal: to videotape interviews with Hispanic men and women of the WWII generation, so that future generations will understand the contributions these people made to their countries and their communities. To date, the stories of over 700 men and women have been preserved by the Project. The Project has expanded to the Korea and Vietnam War eras. On our site you will find hundreds of stories, thousands of photos and oral history training videos for you to contribute with a videotaped interview or tribute to the project. For more information click here.

Books Published

Beyond the Latino World War II
By Maggie Rivas-Rodríguez and Emilio Zamora

In this anthology, Maggie Rivas-Rodríguez and historian Emilio Zamora team up with scholars from various disciplines to add new insights. The book focuses on home-front issues and government relations, delving into new arenas of research and incorporating stirring oral histories. Other topics include the importance of radio as a powerful medium during the war and postwar periods, the participation of Mexican nationals in World War II, and intergovernmental negotiations involving Mexico and Puerto Rico. More information here.

A Legacy Greater Than Words
By Maggie Rivas

Since 1999, the U.S. Latino & Latina WWII Oral History Project at the University of Texas at Austin has captured the untold stories of this WWII generation. Altogether, the project videotaped more than five hundred interviews throughout the country and in Puerto Rico and Mexico. More information here.

Mexican American and World War II
By Maggie Rivas Rodríguez

Up to 750,000 Mexican American men served in World War II, earning more Medals of Honor and other decorations in proportion to their numbers than any other ethnic group. But the contributions of these men and women have been largely overlooked. To bring their stories out of the shadows, this book gathers eleven essays that explore the Mexican American experience in World War II.  More information here.