Mexican-American Oral History Project: Interview with Carlos and Marcelina R. Urvina
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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Carlos Urvina was born Nov. 11, 1922, in Piedad, Michoacán, Mexico, and came to the United States under a contract to lay railroad tracks when he was eighteen years old. He also worked for a streetcar company. At the time of the interview he worked for the Mason Booth Company. Marcelina Urvina was born Feb. 1, 1918, in Dallas, Texas. Although she was a U.S. citizen, her family had difficulties working in the fields. At age twelve she came to Minnesota with her mother and worked the beet fields near St. Clair, Minn., and at the Green Giant Company in Le Sueur, Minn., until she was sixteen. She is now working for Harrison Elementary School as a nurse's aide. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Carlos Urvina describes coming to the United States; working for the railroad and as an iron and metal worker; and the beauty of knowing two languages. Marcelina Urvina describes coming to Minnesota; troubles her mother had as a result of not speaking English; working in beet fields; bringing up their children; the importance of a good education; and Mexican customs in the home. Both emphasize the value of education and bilingualism. COMMENTS ON INTERVIEW: In Spanish, transcribed into English.
Quantity 2 hours sound cassette
24 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 01:11:57 running time
Creation Interviewee: Urvina, Carlos
Interviewee: Urvina, Mrs. Marcelina R.
Interviewer: Barela, Victor
Interviewer: Moosbrugger, Grant
Made in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Mexican Americans -- Minnesota.
Made in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 07/08/1975
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 49
Accession Number AV1996.92.67
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Mexican-American Oral History Project'

User Comments

  • Victoria Gutierrez on September 16, 2016 03:21:47 PM

    I'm interested in getting a copy of this interview/ Cassette/ and also the transcript. I'm the proud daughter of Marcelina and Carlos Urvina. Please send me information on how i'm able to receive a copy of these. Thanks Victoria Gutierrez

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