The El Salvador Oral History Project

Gente de Guarjila

CSUN PI: Joseph Wiltberger

Dr. Wiltberger is collaborating with youth in El Salvador and CSUN students to create an online digital archive that documents oral histories of a mass repatriation of Salvadoran refugees during El Salvador’s 1980-1992 civil war, the largest refugee repatriation in Latin American history. This project utilizes methodologies and modes of dissemination, including oral histories and accessible digital and visual media, so that a community in El Salvador can lead and participate in the research process, and so that the archive can be accessible and of benefit to the community and its diaspora of migrants, as well as the public. The forthcoming project was named a semi-finalist in the 2018 Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize competition of the Center for Documentary Studies. Once published, the archive will be featured in the special digital collections of the Oviatt Library.