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Portuguese-American Businesses (Southeastern Massachusetts) oral history interviews

Identifier: MC-121

Scope and Contents

This is an open collection with additional interviews being added at the end of each semester the course is taught in. Completed projects include a term paper, interview transcript, field notes, audio recording of the interview, release form, and photographs. Several projects are missing one or more component, as noted on the project spreadsheet.


  • 1998-

Language of Materials

Materials predominantly in English, some interviews in Portuguese

Conditions Governing Access

Interviews where no release form is present can only be used in the reading room of the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives for research purposes.

Biographical / Historical

This project originated during the fall semester of 2008, when 21 UMass Dartmouth students in Sociology Professor Gloria de Sá’s SOC 332 class, “Portuguese in the Americas,” conducted interviews with the owners of ten local Portuguese bakeries, one restaurant, and the Portuguese American Civic Club. The course was taught in subsequent years and has expanded to include other types of businesses, with the connecting factor being that the owners must be Portuguese-American. The oral histories fulfill an assignment component for the course. Interviews cover various aspects of the businesses as well as family history and individual immigration stories. The businesses are located in the cities of Fall River, New Bedford, Taunton, and Dartmouth, Massachusetts.


1 Linear Feet (2 boxes; digital photographs; digital audio files)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the student-authors, by way of Professor Gloria de Sá.
Portuguese-American Businesses (Southeastern Massachusetts) oral history interviews
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Repository Details

Part of the UMass Dartmouth Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives Repository

Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
285 Old Westport Rd.
N. Dartmouth MA 02747 USA