Guadalupe Balderrama


Myrna Parra Mantilla


Bracero Oral History

Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee

Guadalupe Balderrama was born in Santa Isabel, Chihuahua, México, in 1920; he helped his father work in the fields; he also went to school for a few years; he worked as a bracero in Texas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Colorado.

Summary of Interview

Mr. Baderrama briefly recounts his childhood, and how times were very hard for him and his family; he was only able to go to school for three years; he went to Chihuahua, Chihuahua, México, to begin the hiring process for the Bracero Program; in 1953, he was sent to El Paso, Texas; his first work contract took him to Canutillo, Texas; as a bracero, he worked in cotton, cucumber, and beet fields; he recalls that many braceros bought their groceries from the rancher’s stores; whenever the braceros had free time, they liked to play billiards.

Date of Interview


Length of Interview

15 minutes

Tape Number

No. 962

Transcript Number

No. 962

Length of Transcript

12 pages

Interview Number

No. 962

Terms of Use



Interview in Spanish.