John Chavez and Helen (Chavez) Martinez La Yarda Interview

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Title

John Chavez and Helen (Chavez) Martinez La Yarda Interview

Subject

La Yarda (Lawrence, Kan.)
Mexican Americans -- Housing -- Kansas -- Lawrence
Mexican Americans -- History -- Kansas -- Lawrence
Mexican Americans -- Social conditions -- Kansas -- Lawrence

Description

John Chavez and Helen (Chavez) Martinez were interviewed by Helen Krische in 2006 as part of an oral history project to document the La Yarda and Mexican-American communities in Lawrence, Kansas. La Yarda was a neighborhood of worker housing provided by the Santa Fe Railroad for Mexican-American railroad workers; located near the Kansas (Kaw) River, the neighborhood was largely destroyed by a major flood in 1951. The interview is split into two parts. John and Helen grew up in East Lawrence; they discuss their family's migration from Mexico to Lawrence, their father's work for the railroads and his extensive gardens, and their mother's strategies for managing a large family. They share memories of holiday traditions, childhood pasttimes, and social activities. John and Helen also describe their experiences of discrimination and segregation as part of the Mexican-American community in Lawrence.

Creator

Chavez, John
Martinez, Helen (Chavez)

Source

La Yarda Oral History Project

Publisher

Watkins Community Museum (Lawrence, Kan.)

Date

2006

Contributor

Krische, Helen
Raymond, Emily

Rights

Published with the permission of John M. Chavez and Helen Martinez. This work is the intellectual property of the Watkins Museum of History, Lawrence, Kansas. The public may freely copy, modify, and share this Item for noncommercial purposes if they include the original source information. For other uses you need to obtain permission from the rights-holder(s).

Relation

To access the video and audio recordings of this interview, go to https://archive.org/details/17-jchavez-hmartinez-2006-e.
The Watkins Museum of History also holds items related to this collection.
Additional research on the La Yarda community is held at the Spencer Research Library at the University of Kansas.

Format

MP4 (video recording)
MP3 (audio recording)
PDF (transcription)

Type

Oral History

Identifier

17-JChavezHMartinez-2006E.mp4 (video)
17a-JChavezHMartinez-2006E.mp3 (audio)/17a-JChavezHMartinez-2006E.pdf (transcription)
17b-JChavezHMartinez-2006.mp3 (audio)/17b-JChavezHMartinez-2006.pdf (transcription)

Coverage

Lawrence (Kan.)
1920s - 1970s

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewer

Krische, Helen
Raymond, Emily

Interviewee

Chavez, John
Martinez, Helen (Chavez)

Original Format

MP4

Duration

00:48:08 (video)

Bit Rate/Frequency

8220 kbps

Files

17a-JChavezHMartinez-2006E.pdf
17b-JChavezHMartinez-2006.pdf

Citation

Chavez, John and Martinez, Helen (Chavez), “John Chavez and Helen (Chavez) Martinez La Yarda Interview,” Digital Douglas County History, accessed July 30, 2021, http://history.lplks.org/items/show/1835.

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