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