Waterbury (CT) Area Immigrant Oral History Collection, University of Connecticut Urban and Community Studies Program
Scope and Content
The collection contains primarily oral history interviews of immigrants living in Waterbury and nearby towns. A small number document the immigrant experience in other parts of Connecticut. Most of the collection consists of interviews with more recent [post 1965] immigrants but there are a few with immigrants or children of immigrants who came in an earlier era. There are a few pre-1965 Cold War era immigrant stories. Different Latin American countries and Puerto Rico are particularly well represented, there are more interviews of people from Albania or from ethnic Albanians from Macedonia than anywhere else in Europe although there are some other European-based immigrants including those from former Yugoslavian areas such as Bosnia or Croatia, also Portugal, Scotland, Germany, England, France, Russia. Other interviewees are from Asia and various islands of the English-speaking Caribbean. There are a couple of Cape Verdean interviews and one Egyptian interview. Interviews conducted in Spring 2005 are from the Hartford, CT, area (Walnut-Orange-Walsh neighborhood). The transcripts are available as searchable PDF (portable document format) documents and require Adobe Acrobat Reader (7 or higher) to view.
The collection is open and available for research.
Restrictions on Use
Permission to publish from these Papers must be obtained in writing from both the University of Connecticut Libraries and the owner(s) of the copyright.
The collection has emerged from two history classes taught at the Waterbury Campus of the University of Connecticut, History of Latinos in the United States and Immigrants and the Shaping of American History. Additional interviews were independent projects conducted by students and the instructor, Ruth Glasser. Interviews in the collection date from 2002 and additions are added on a regular basis.
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Language of Materials
The collection consists of transcripts of interviews conducted by students enrolled in Professor Ruth Glasser's history classes as part of the Urban and Community Studies Program on the Waterbury campus of the University of Connecticut. The collection is primarily interviews of immigrants living in Waterbury and nearby towns although some other towns in other parts of Connecticut are also represented. Most of the collection consists of interviews with more recent [post 1965] immigrants but there are a few with immigrants or children of immigrants who came in an earlier era.
The collection is arranged alphabetically by country of origin.
Series I: Interviews (2003-2011)
The oral histories were conducted and transcripts produced by students enrolled in courses taught at the Waterbury campus of the University of Connecticut. The transcripts were collected by the instructor, Ruth Glasser.
The transcripts were transferred by Dr. Ruth Glasser beginning in 2008.
Alternative Form Available
Paper copies of the transcripts are also available in the Dodd Research Center. Inquire at the reference desk for more information.
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