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Race and Oral History in San Diego


This project links students, faculty, and the UC San Diego library with community organizations, institutions, and individuals in Chicana/o, Latina/o, African American and Asian American communities in San Diego to produce undergraduate courses, oral histories, and archives devoted to the racial and ethnic history of our campus, city and surrounding area.

Students will contribute to expanding archives on race and ethnic communities in San Diego with the primary goal of capturing stories of individuals who might not otherwise appear in the historical record. The digitized oral history collection will serve as a repository that safeguards the life stories of ordinary San Diegans, leaving an important legacy for future generations. The project aims to help establish and maintain strong connections between UC San Diego students and its surrounding communities while imparting important digital literacy skills to participating students.

To learn more, listen to the Soundcloud audio story of "Building an Archive of San Diego History," or read the print version. The oral histories and students' blog posts about their experiences are available on the Race and Oral History Project website