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 globalmigration@umd.edu.

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Interview of Mariam Hurreh

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Interview of Rosalina Santos Shipley

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In this interview, Rosalina Santos Shipley explores her life and journey to the United States. Rosalina is the interviewer’s aunt. Shipley was born…

Interview of Ramchandra Rao

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This interview between Ajay R. Mysore and Ramchandra Rao explores Rao's experiences as an immigrant to the United States from India. Rao moved to the…

Interview of Timi Tinuoye

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This interview between Andrew McGillicuddy and Timi Tinuoye explores Tinuoye's experiences as an immigrant to the United States from England and…

Interview of Bori Cosson

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In this interview, Bori Cosson describes her escape from communism. She was sixteen years old when her and her mother embarked on a…