Writing the History of Latinos in Idaho

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The history of Latinos in Idaho has been omitted from standard texts, although the work of several historians and writers has created a good basis for further study. Erasmo Gamboa, Laurie Mercier, and Patricia Ourada have, through their research, established a reliable timeline of events, but many details still remain to be documented. Primary source information can be found in local public libraries, in the libraries of Idaho's universities, in Mexican archives, and at the Idaho State Historical Society. Yet many of the documents that would help to tell the story remain in private hands, in attics, bureaus and file drawers across Idaho. The records of some events exist only in people's memories, while other stories have been handed down from one generation to another, crossing the line from memory into oral tradition.

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