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Atrisco Oral History Project

Identifier: MSS-565-BC

Scope and Content

The Atrisco Oral History Project, also known as Herencia: The Atrisco Community, was conducted over nine months in 1984, with the exception of one interview which was conducted in 1981. The project was directed by Dr. Raymond Burrola and consists of interviews with 35 residents of the Atrisco area in Albuquerque's South Valley. The project was sponsored by the Southwest Hispanic Research Institute at the University of New Mexico, in conjunction with the Albuquerque Museum and University of New Mexico University Libraries; the project was funded in part by a grant from the New Mexico Humanities Council.

Most of the interviews are conducted in Spanish; a few of them are conducted in English. Most of the interviews are transcribed. Interviewers include Raymond Burrola, Jaime Chavez, David Lujan, Clara Peña, and Fred Reade. Interviewees include Federico Abeyta, Santiago Tapia y Anaya, Alberto Anzures, Roblita Garcia Aragón, Susie Armijo, José Miguel Baca, Dolores Candelaria, Ambrosio Carrasco, Luisa Cruz, Ignicita García, Felicita Griego, Willie Gutiérrez, Ramón Herrera, Alcario Jaramillo, Louis Lasch, Alfred Lovato, Rachel Madrigal, Eunice Myriek, Amalia O'Bannon, Petronila Armijo Pfeufer, Nicasio Enrique Rivera, Benina Saavedra de López, Raymond Salas, Flora Gabaldón Sanchez, Matías Sánchez, Severo Burgess Sánchez, Sadie Griego Sánchez, Urbano Sánchez, Virginia Sánchez Saavedra, Juanita Armijo Sánchez, Jeanette Seth, Elías Tapia, Demetria Tenorio, Francisca Herrera Tenorio, and Elisa Vallejos.

A 1790 census of the 223 inhabitants of the area listed their occupations of farmer, sheepherder, weaver and shoemaker. The Atrisco Oral History Project's goal was to document the changes in the area since the late 18th century. The interviews examine topics relating to the cultural and historical heritage of the Atrisco area. The importance of land, land grants, and the impact of Westland Development Corporation are discussed, as are themes of bilingual education, language, religion, and livelihood. Additional materials in the collection include photocopies of business ledgers, correspondence, and a photocopy of a diary.


  • 1981-1984, (bulk 1984)

Language of Materials

Spanish English

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Audio recordings may not be duplicated. Limited duplication of print material in this collection is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publications or distribution.


1 box (1 cu.ft.)

Related Material

Transcript - Atrisco Land Grant records in the Thomas B. Catron Papers Center for Southwest Research. University of New Mexico. Transcript - Atrisco title abstracts in the Lawyers' Title Insurance Corporation Records Center for Southwest Research.University of New Mexico. Emma Moya collection on the History of Old Town Albuquerque and related Communities, Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico. Cecilio Garcia Camarillo Papers, Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico.

Separated Material

Original tapes, which are on 7 inch reels and master audiocassettes are in B3.

Relevant Secondary Sources

  • Metzgar, Joseph V. The Atrisco Land Grant, 1692-1977. [s.l.: s.n., 1977]


Contact Information

  1. Center for Southwest Research
  2. Zimmerman Library
  3. University of New Mexico
  4. Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131-1466
  5. Phone: 505-277-6451
  6. Fax: 505-277-0530
  7. Email:
  8. URL:



Interviewee Folder CD
Abeyta, Federico 9 14,15
Anzures, Alberto 7 9
Aragón, Rafalita García 4 5
Armijo, Susie 1 1,23
Baca, Jose Miguel 21 33
Candelaria, Dolores 17 27,28
Candelaria, Epifanio 18
Carrasco, Ambrosio Sr. 22 35
Cruz, Luisa 3 4
García, Ignicita 29 32
Griego, Felicita 16 26
Griego Sánchez, Sadie 16 26
Gutirrez, Willie G. 15 24,25
Herrera, Ramón 5 6
Jaramillo, Alcario 26 39
Lasch, Louis 19 30
Lovato, Alfred A. 27 40
Madrigal, Rachel 23 36
Myrick, Eunice 9a 11,12,13
O' Bannon, Amalia 6 7
Pfeufer, Petronila (Lila) Armijo 10 16
Rivera, Nicasio Enrique 11 18
Saavedra de López, Benino 12 19
Saavedra, Virginia Sánchez 24 37,38
Salas, Raymond 30 8
Sánchez, Matías 28 41
Sánchez, Flora Gabaldón 25 37
Sánchez, Severo Burgoss 24 37,38
Sánchez, Juanita Armijo 20 31
Sánchez, Urbano 15a 22
Seth, Jeannette 14 21
Tapia y Anaya, Santiago 8 10
Tapia, Elias 31 17
Tenorio, Demetria 2 2,3,29
Tenorio, Francisca Herrera 2,13, 2,3,20,29
Vallejos, Elisia 3 4

Processing Information

Cassette tapes reformatted to CD, February 2020. At that time, box 2 was incorporated into box 1.
Finding Aid of the Atrisco Oral History Project, 1981-1984, (bulk 1984)
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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131