The Voices Unheard project partners with individuals so they can share their oral histories about Superfund sites in Arizona. Oral history is a method of preserving the experiences and stories of people. Interviews will be recorded, and participants are welcomed to share photographs and artifacts that are related to their stories. Voices Unheard will partner with community members to bring these histories to a broader audience. The oral histories will be digitally archived at the University of Arizona Campus Repository and hardcopies will be available at local libraries such as the Dewey-Humboldt Town Library (Dewey-Humboldt, Arizona) and Valencia Library (Tucson, Arizona).
We are currently partnering with two communities!
The Voices Unheard project partners with two Superfund communities in Arizona. The Iron King Mine and Humboldt Smelter Superfund site that is located in the northern part of Arizona in the town of Dewey-Humboldt. This town is situated in Yavapai County, which is on occupied Hualapai, Yavapai, Chemehuevi, Mohave, and Hopi Territory. The Superfund contaminants of concern for this site are metals such as arsenic and lead. Meanwhile, the Tucson International Airport Area Superfund site is situated in Southern Arizona in the city of Tucson. Tucson is located in Pima County, which is on occupied Oʼodham and Yaqui Territory. The contaminants of concern at this Superfund site are volatile organic compounds, metals, and other chemicals.
Please note that the oral history archives for the Superfund sites below have been completed and are available (Phase 1). If you or your community are interested in participating in future activities, please contact the project principal investigator.
You can share your environmental history by participating in:
- Scoping Interviews (1 hour, audio recorded) - You will answer questions about your personal history with the Superfund site and provide your opinion about the Voices Unheard Project.
- Focused Interviews (40 minutes, audio recorded) - You will answer focused questions related to your history with the Superfund site in addition to providing your opinion on specific research questions.
- Oral History Interviews (1 to 8 hours, video and audio recorded) - You will provide a detailed account of your involvement with the Superfund site as well as answer focused questions related to the site.
Voices Unheard will provide project updates, solicit project feedback, and obtain input on the community product with collaborating community members. Go to our news page to find out when we will be near you!