Guide to the New Voices: Nantucket’s Diverse Immigrant Populations Collection, 2013–2014

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Research Library at the Nantucket Historical Association. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the internet.


The New Voices: Nantucket’s Diverse Immigrant Populations oral history project is a collection of 15 audio interviews with first-generation immigrants that have made Nantucket, Mass., their full-time residence. The project operated between 2013 and 2014 under grant funding from Mass Humanities.

Collection Details

Collection Number:
New Voices: Nantucket’s Diverse Immigrant Populations Collection
Nantucket Historical Association; Horton, Jacob B.; Newhouse, Nancy; Paradis, Justine; Young, Lucinda; Tyler, Betsy.
15 audio recordings (15.1 GB)
Nantucket Historical Association
Majority of material is in English. OH-27 in Spanish and English.

Information for Users

Restrictions to Access: OH-25 is accessible only in the Research Library. The remaining collection has no access restrictions.

Restrictions to Use: No usage restrictions.

Copyright Notice: Copyright is retained by the authors of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation: [identification of item], in the New Voices: Nantucket’s Diverse Immigrant Populations Collection, Nantucket Historical Association.

Acquisitions Information:

OH-13: Gift of Marylane and Delber Branco (Acc. RL2013.75).

OH-14: Gift of Evilio Varela (Acc. RL2013.88).

OH-15, OH-27: Gift of the Partida family (Acc. RL2013.74).

OH-16: Gift of Vilma McGrath (Acc. RL2013.91).

OH-17: Gift of Tita Caro (Acc. RL2013.90).

OH-18: Gift of Jurga Danylaite (Acc. RL2013.103).

OH-19: Gift of Vesselinka Christova (Acc. RL2014.67).

OH-20: Gift of Csaba Cseko (Acc. RL2014.70).

OH-21: Gift of Gintaras Bernikas (Acc. RL2014.68).

OH-22: Gift of Somwong Kyomitmaitee (Acc. RL2014.71).

OH-23: Gift of Piya Phatthanaphuti (Acc. RL2014.90).

OH-24: Gift of Gita Nakarmi (Acc. RL2014.91).

OH-25: Gift of Shanique Sheriffe (Acc. RL2015.08).

OH-26: Gift of Luis Garcia (Acc. RL2014.69).

Sensitive Materials Statement:

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual’s private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the Nantucket Historical Association assumes no responsibility.

Related Collections

  • Photographs of interviewees can be found in collections PH101, PH102, PH103, PH104, PH108, PH109, PH110, PH111, PH112, PH113, PH114, PH115.

Subject Headings

  • Topical Term
    • Emigration and immigration—Massachusetts—Nantucket.
    • Massachusetts—Nantucket—Biography.
    • Massachusetts—Nantucket—History.

Biographical Information

The New Voices: Nantucket’s Diverse Immigrant Populations Oral History Project is a collection of interviews with first-generation immigrants that have made Nantucket, Mass., their full-time residence.

Between 2000 and 2010, the American census demonstrated a fifteen-percent jump in first-generation immigrants as permanent residents on Nantucket. As an effort to document the roots of these new communities, the Nantucket Historical Association undertook this oral history project. Communities represented hail from nations of the former Soviet Union (Lithuania, Romania, and Bulgaria), the Caribbean Sea (Jamaica, the Dominican Republic), Southeast Asia (Nepal, Thailand, The Philippines), and Latin America (Mexico, El Salvador, Brazil). Jacob Horton, Nancy Newhouse, Justine Paradis, Lucinda Young, and Betsy Tyler conducted these interviews between 2013 and 2014.

The project received funding from a Mass Humanities grant, supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant supported the NHA’s efforts to document the stories and lives of new immigrant families on Nantucket through oral history research. Many of these interviews were excerpted for use in a 2016 Nantucket Historical Association Whaling Museum exhibit titled New Voices, New Arrivals.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of 15 audio interviews with transcriptions. Interview OH-27 is conducted in Spanish and is partially transcribed. Collection also includes an audio introduction by Betsy Tyler.


DO-554/1: Introduction with Betsy Tyler, 2014
OH-13: Interview with Marylane and Delver Branco, 2013
OH-14: Interview with Evilio Varela, 2013
OH-15: Interview with the Partida Family, 2013
OH-16: Interview with Vilma McGrath, 2013
OH-17: Interview with Tita Caro, 2013
OH-18: Interview with Jurga Danylaite (2 parts), 2013
OH-19: Interview with Vesselinka Christova, 2014
OH-20: Interview with Csaba Cseko, 2014
OH-21: Interview with Gintaras Bernikas, 2014
OH-22: Interview with Somwong Kyomitmaitee, 2014
OH-23: Interview with Piya Phatthanaphuti, 2014
OH-24: Interview with Gita Nakarmi, 2014
OH-25: Interview with Shanique Sheriffe, 2014 (accessible in Research Library only)
OH-26: Interview with Luis Garcia, 2014
OH-27: Interview with Ramon Partida Sr., 2014

Processing Information

The project received funding from a Mass Humanities grant, supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Processed by NHA staff.

Finding Aid by Alex McGrath, February 2020. Finding aid updated by Kelli Yakabu, June 2021.

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