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Special Collections & University Archives: Oral History Interviews

This is the webpage for UTRGV Special Collections & University Archives.

RGV Oral History Collection

Special Collections & University Archives collects and supports oral history research conducted with members of the community to preserve the cultural heritage of our region.

The Rio Grande Valley Oral History Collection consists of over 500 digitized oral histories recorded and collected by faculty, staff, students, and community members and donated to the University Library.  Oral histories provide unique, and in many instances, otherwise unavailable written information, and as such provide valuable insight into life in the region, including immigration, military service, ranching, education, agriculture, border violence, sports, and much more.

Mrs. "Lula" Gene Stroud

Photo: Mrs. Gene Stroud was interviewed by our staff member, Sean Visintainer, in 2018.

Oral history interviews serve an important role in interdisciplinary research and generally:

  • Focus on lived experiences​
  • Are retrospective/historical in nature
  • Project a conversational tone
  • Provide a unique narrative
  • Reveal details of daily life

Share Your Story!

Do you have a unique or interesting story to tell, or know a friend or family member who does? If you or someone you know would like to participate in an oral history interview, please click the Share Your Story link below. We are especially interested to talk with individuals, who can speak to issues relating to race and ethnicity, economic development, farming and ranching, education and University life, migrant labor, gender and diversity, and wildlife and ecology.

The process generally includes a pre-recording interview, an audio or video recorded interview, preserving the recording in our digital archives, and making the interview recording accessible online to researchers and the public.

Visit our "Share Your Story" page to sign up to do an oral history or donate a digital item to Special Collections & University Archives!