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Latino Youth Community History Project Oral History Project

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: OHP005

Scope and Contents

From 1981 and 1982, the Latin American Youth Center in Washington D.C. conducted approximately 47 oral history interviews with Latino community members, of which 24 were donated to the Library. The project's directors were Lisa Wheaton and Lesley Rankin-Hill. The project was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and all interviews were conducted by high school students. Indexes are in English and Spanish; taped interviews are in Spanish. Collection contains notes on interviews and transcripts which were not transferred to the Library at the time of donation.


  • Creation: 1981 - 1982


Conditions Governing Use

The Library holds copyright for this collection. There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

Biographical / Historical

The Latin American Youth Center was founded in 1968 to address the absence of services for the emerging Latino community offering educational and vocational activities in after school and in the summer programs.


2.75 Linear feet

3 Boxes

Language of Materials


Spanish; Castilian


Series 1: Indexes
Materials in this series include indexes for most interviews.

Series 2: Interviews
Materials in this series include master and patron access copies of the oral histories on audio cassette. There are two copies of each audio cassette except for 05-05. There are no audio recordings for 05-03 and 05-20.

Custodial History

The Latin American Youth Center conducted the interviews between 1981 and 1982 and transferred the tapes and indexes to the Library in 1983 as a condition of their grant with the National Endowment for the Humanities. There is no deed of gift for this collection.

Processing Information

After the initial donation to the Library the indexes were foldered and placed into a filing cabinet. Tapes were duplicated by the Library with the original being placed into off site deep storage, and patrons given access to the use copy. In 2014 the tapes and indexes were digitized. In 2017, the collection was reprocessed and the indexes were placed into appropriate archival storage and all administrative documents were move to the collection's control file, which contains a release for an interview not transferred to the Library in any format.

Latino Youth Community History Project Oral History Project
An inventory of the Latino Youth Community History Project Oral History Project at DC Public Library
DC Public Library, Special Collections Department
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the The People's Archive, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library Repository

901 G Street NW
4th Floor East
Washington DC 20001