The Guadalupe Speaks Oral History Collection contains transcriptions, audio cassette, and video tape interviews of long-time
residents of Guadalupe, California recorded in 2003 and 2004 by California Polytechnic State University students and faculty.
The stories reflect history, culture, and life in Guadalupe and reflect the multicultural mix of residents including Swiss-Italian,
Portuguese, Filipino, Chumash, Mexican, Chinese, and Japanese ancestry. Materials in English and Spanish.
Guadalupe Speaks! was a collaborative project grant-funded by the California Council for the Humanities as part of “California
Stories”, a multiyear initiative designed to connect Californians through stories that document multicultural communities
in present day California. Planning for the project began under the leadership of Project Director Larry Alkire. Project partners
included the City of Guadalupe, Guadalupe Union School District, Comité Civico Mexicano de Guadalupe, Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes
National Wildlife Center, Cal Poly Ethnic Studies Program, Cal Poly Special Collections and Archives, and others.
The project plan included collecting and preserving oral histories, distributing the stories via public art installations
and special events, and a project webpage. Ten stories were collected and recorded by Cal Poly Ethnic Studies students under
the guidance of professor Marian Perales. Recordings were later transcribed by the students. The stories reflect history,
culture, and life in Guadalupe and reflect the experiences of residents including those of Swiss-Italian, Portuguese, Filipino,
Chumash, Mexican, Chinese, and Japanese ancestry.
Digital copies are provided to researchers for the purpose of study, research, and personal use only, unless otherwise specified
in writing. Materials that are the property of Cal Poly Special Collections and Archives require written permission prior
to publication. No complete collection may be reproduced.
For print and online publication, please visit our Reproduction Services page online at http://lib.calpoly.edu/support/sca-policies/reproduction/.
Special Collections and Archives reserves the right to review all reproduction requests and to withhold permission if scanning
would endanger the material, would violate copyright law, or would violate institutional restrictions.
Collection is open to researchers by appointment. For more information on visiting, access policies, and reproduction requests,
please visit our Reference Services page online at http://lib.calpoly.edu/search-and-find/collections-and-archives/reference-services/.