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Audio Recording Interview with Bernardo Negrete, Chicago, Illinois, part 1

Interview with Bernardo Negrete, Chicago, Illinois, part 1

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  • Interview with Bernardo Negrete, Chicago, Illinois, part 1


  • George, Philip B., 1946- (Collector)
  • Negrete, Bernardo (Interviewee)

Created / Published

  • Chicago, Illinois, July 1, 1977


  • -  Hispanic Americans
  • -  Ethnography
  • -  Interviews
  • -  Illinois -- Chicago


  • Ethnography
  • Interviews


  • -  Mr. Bernardo Negrete
  • -  Part 1 of a 2-part interview in Spanish with Bernardo Negrete, recorded at 8:30 pm on the back porch of his home at 9125 S. Houston Ave.; topics include his birth place, when and where th entered the U.S., some of his jobs; where and when he learned to play the harmonica; about corridos; about harmonica playing styles; about his playing and the need for study and practice; about his education and illiteracy, due to the lack of schools in Mexico; he came as an undocumented immigrant, then returned to Mexico; he read an almanac to prepare to get his papers, how he then came back to the U.S.; about his children; the history of his life as migrant worker; his reasons for coming to Chicago and about work here, including as busboy, and laborer at Republic Steel, about labor and management positions; his years in the mill, he is now 64 years old, about a time he was mugged and he and his wife lost their Green cards and a sizeable amount of money; about crime in the area; his preference for life in U.S. over Mexico and about his visits to Mexico; about the ownership of his house, its acquisition and repairs; about his work in Iowa; thoughts on citizenship and English, about life in Mexico; discussion of the robbery, papers, and citizenship, and related problems; about attempts to help a nephew arrange to come to the U.S.; problems with immigration authorities; fieldworker Jonas Dovydenas joins the conversation; comments on drinking, smoking, and "other people's" vices; about his house, he built the garage, problems with renters and why he doesn't rent rooms; about money, ''You can't take it with you"; house payments and the value of the house; good neighborhoods reflect the presence of stores, transportation, and the prevalence of Mexicans; a about the ethnic mixture; about Jesus “Chuy” Negrete’s performing group and the need for continuation of Mexican traditions.


  • audiocassette, C-60

Call Number/Physical Location

  • MBRS Shelflist: RYA 0775
  • Field Project Identifier: CH77-T240-C
  • Call number: AFC 1981/004: AFS 20764A

Source Collection

  • Chicago Ethnic Arts Project collection (AFC 1981/004)


  • American Folklife Center

Digital Id

Online Format

  • audio

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Credit line: Chicago Ethnic Arts Project collection (AFC 1981/004), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

George, Philip B, and Bernardo Negrete. Interview with Bernardo Negrete, Chicago, Illinois, part 1. Chicago, Illinois, July 1, 1977. Audio.

APA citation style:

George, P. B. & Negrete, B. (1977) Interview with Bernardo Negrete, Chicago, Illinois, part 1. Chicago, Illinois, July 1. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

George, Philip B, and Bernardo Negrete. Interview with Bernardo Negrete, Chicago, Illinois, part 1. Chicago, Illinois, July 1, 1977. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.