The Colorado Oral History and Migratory Labor Project

Colorado Bracero Project

UNC is one of just four universities chosen to help retrace and record the rich history of the Bracero program for the Smithsonian Institution.

The Colorado Bracero Project is a collaboration with the Institute of Oral History at the University of Texas El Paso and the Bracero History Project at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. The Bracero Program was an international contract labor program created in 1942 between the United States and Mexican governments in response to U.S. World War II labor shortages. The program allowed between 4.5 and 5 million Mexican farm laborers into the United States as contract labor over a 22-year period. The Bracero Program was officially terminated in 1964.

Under the leadership of Dr. Priscilla Falcón, a faculty member in Mexican American Studies in UNC’s Hispanic Studies Program, and Dr. Elizabeth Franklin, the Director of the Center for Language Arts Education, the Colorado Bracero Project will conduct interviews with former braceros still living in the area, investigate and document the migrant camps in northern Colorado, support and supervise student research on this topic, and create archives of interviews and other documents.

Materials Already Available

Descriptions of the Project

  • The Bracero Program—1942-1964 (Originally a PowerPoint presentation; presented here as a .pdf file—approx. 528K.)
  • Sol to Sol.” Article and Photographs by Michael Conoway. Northern Vision. Greeley, CO: University of Northern Colorado, Spring 2008, pp. 18-21. (.pdf file, approx. 275K.)

Interviews

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For more information about the Colorado Bracero Project, please contact the Director.