In 2012, the Center for the History of the New America (now the Center for Global Migration Studies) established the Archive of Immigrant Voices to collect stories of the experience of migration. The purpose of the archive is to create, accumulate, and preserve a repository of memories that will not only reveal living history and features of the recent past, but will also document the fine lines of social change that might be otherwise ignored or lost to history. These stories will provide the basis for understanding how newcomers adapt to challenges and successes. The Archive unites the Center's mission to advance scholarship and teaching while enhancing the Center's connection to migrant communities by capturing, recording, and preserving the experience of migration, dislocation, and community formation as immigrants, asylum-seekers, refugees, and other newcomers themselves understood it. In addition to housing these oral interviews, the Archive also contains further information on the history of immigration, educator resources, and tools for conducting oral histories.

Interviews represent a way to capture and preserve the stories of recent immigrants to the United States as a source for scholars, a classroom tool for teachers, and a resource enabling immigrants themselves to share their experiences and memories.

If you would like to donate your stories to the Archive, please contact us at

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Interview of Gina Heredea

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Interview of Anastasiya Lyudkivich

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This interview between Kayla Gibson and Anastasiya Lyudkivich explores Lyudkivich's experience immigrating to the U.S. with her family as a child and…

Interview of Azhena Abraham

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This interview between Lauren Wise and Azhena Abraham explores Abraham's experience as an immigrant to the United States from Albania.


Maryland Day 2016 Interviews


The Center for the History of the New America sponsored a booth at the annual Maryland Day celebration at the University of Maryland (2016). In…

Interview of Roberto Colmenares

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This interview with Roberto Colmenares, a Venezuelan immigrant to the DC area, shows the life of a man who moved in the pursuit of art. His life is…