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The Mexican Revolution of 1910
Because of its profound impact on the social, economic, and political fabric of Ciudad Juárez and
El Paso, over 100 interviews offer personal testimony of this turbulent era of borderlands history. Many of these eyewitness accounts are in Spanish and frequently mention political figures such as Francisco Madero, Pancho Villa, and Pascual Orozco.

U.S.- Mexico Border Labor History
A two-year study funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities added 95 interviews with workers on both sides of the Rio Grande, from El Paso-Ciudad Juárez to Brownsville-Matamoros. Interviews chronicle fifty years of employment history along the border. This nationally recognized collection has been utilized extensively by scholars since its completion in 1980.

Mining in Mexico: The El Paso Connection
Interviews explore the development of the mining industry in northern Mexico from the 1930s to the present. Topics include life in mining camps, working conditions, labor unrest, the function of foreign capital, political events that influenced the industry, and mining technology. These interviews, in both English and Spanish, constitute a significant archive providing rich primary source material to researchers and scholars in a variety of disciplines.

Health Care on the Border
Building on a series of tape-recorded interviews conducted by members of the El Paso County Medical Society, this oral history project features interviews with physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals. The border presents medical challenges, and these interviews capture the special nature of border health care.

Big Bend National Park

We worked with the Terlingua Preservation Foundation to gather interviews that will present a wide range of perspectives on the history, ecology, and wildlife of the Big Bend area from the 1920s to the present.


  Big Bend National Park occupies about 800,000 acres at the wide bend 
of the Rio Grande at the Texas Mexico border. 

Bracero Oral History Project

Institute of Oral History expanded the collection of interview materials outside of the El Paso-Ciudad Juárez region with the Bracero Oral History Project.  The Bracero program, a federal guest worker program initially intended to address labor shortages during World War II, brought more than two million Mexicans to the United States to work.  The Institute of Oral History launched the Bracero Oral History Project to systematically collect interviews with individuals throughout the United States and Mexico who were involved in the Bracero program. To date we have collected over 702 interviews and are currently in the process of transcribing the interviews to make them available to the  public. To view the transcripts and listen to the audio recordings please go to


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