The Tejano Voices Project focuses on one hundred seventy-six oral history interviews with Tejano and Tejana leaders from across the state conducted by Dr. José Angel Gutiérrez, associate professor of political science at the University of Texas at Arlington. These interviews were conducted in 1992-2006 and emphasize the personal stories and struggles of the interviewees, many of whom are the first individuals of Mexican descent in their communities elected or appointed to government office. The interviews were videotaped, transcribed, bound, and placed in the UT Arlington Library's Special Collections Division, where they are made accessible to students, scholars, and the general public. All of the interviewees have signed deeds of gift/interview agreements, transferring all of their proprietary and copyrights for the interviews to the university. The interviews are unique and reflect the history of the Tejano community as it pressed for an end to racial segregation in the state and access to political power in the post-WWII period.

Finding aid available here. Materials provided by Special Collections and Archives at the University of Texas at Arlington.


Submissions from 1997

Oral history interview with Aaron Alejandro, 1997, Aaron Alejandro and Jose Angel Gutierrez