Portuguese Oral Histories

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Portuguese Oral Histories

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These oral histories with Portuguese immigrants and their descendants in the Greater Lowell area were conducted between 1993-2016. Topics covered include the experience of immigration, working conditions, family life, and more. These oral histories were funded by the Lowell National Historical Park, the American Folklife Center, and UMass Lowell.

Collection Items

John Leite Oral History Interview #2
Oral History Interview with John J. Leite, February 20, 2016Biographical Note:Born in Manchester, New Hampshire, in 1933; parents from Graciosa, Azores, immigrated to the U.S. ca. 1926; both parents worked in textile mills in Manchester and Lowell;…

Maria Pombeiro Oral History Interview
Oral History Interview with Maria Pombeiro, November 1, 2016 Biographical Note: Born in the Azores on the island of Faial in 1940; following the volcanic eruption of Vulcão dos Capelinhos on Faial, Maria Pombeiro immigrated with her family to the…

Herbert Pitta, Jr. Oral History Interview
Oral History Interview with Herbert Pitta, Jr., February 27, 2016 Biographical Note:Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1942; the son of Lucy (Freitas) and Herbert Pitta, Sr.; Lucy Pitta, immigrated from Funchal, Madeira; Herbert Pitta, Sr., born in…

Renato Lima Oral History Interview
Oral History Interview with Renato Lima, September 17, 2016 Biographical Note:Born on the island of Faial in 1939; one of four children (three boys and one girl) of Joaquin and Antonieta deLima; Renato Lima was educated in the Faial schools and…

Joseph A. Camara Oral History Interview
Oral History Interview with Joseph A. Camara, March 5, 2016 Biographical Note: Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1927; parents Jose and Maria A. (Francisco) Camara immigrated to the U.S. from Madeira Island, settling in Lowell ca. 1920; they worked…

Richard De Freitas Oral History Interview
Oral History Interview with Richard F. DeFreitas, February 27, 2016 Biographical Note:Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1939; son of Josephine (Cotta) and Joaquim DeFreitas; Richard F. DeFreitas’s mother (1911-1994) was born Lowell her parents,…

Mario Veiga Oral History Interview
Oral History Interview with Mario F. Veiga, November 21, 2016Biographical Note:Born on the Azorean island of Graciosa in 1946; son of Luzomira A. (Augusta) and Manuel J. Veiga; Mario F. Veiga was raised on the family’s farm and attended school until…

Philip C. Maia Oral History Interview
Oral History Interview with Philip C. Maia, March 25, 2017Biographical Note:Philip C. Maia was born on the island of Madeira in 1958; son of Encarnacao A. (da Camara) and João B. Maia; at the age of twelve, with his mother and three sisters, he…

Francis J. “Jack” Picanso Oral History Interview
Oral History Interview with Francis J. “Jack” Picanso, March 3, 2017 Biographical Note: Francis J. “Jack” Picanso was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1936; son of Rita R. (Stillings) and Anthony Picanso, who were also born in Lowell; the fraternal…

Patricia [Santos] Nickles Oral History Interview
Oral History Interview with Patricia (Santos) Nickles, February 25, 2017 Biographical Note: Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1950; daughter of Ruth E. (Cassidy) and Charles R. Santos, Jr., (1923-1990); Ruth (Cassidy) Santos  (b. 1923) was from an…
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