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East Mountain Historical Society Oral History Project

Identifier: MSS-597-BC

Scope and Content

The East Mountain Oral History Project collection consists of interviews conducted by Joyce Mendel with the following residents: Jose Candelaria, Bob Cooper, Adilia Garcia, Leandro Garcia, Barbara Herrera, Tom Herrera, Bill Loudon, Andres Mora, Antonia Mora, Dorela Perea, David Salazar, Jacquelyn Schaefer, M. Zanettie and Vicki Scoresone. The interviews are in a combination of English and Spanish languages. The collection also includes a tape of reminiscences from Alejandro Herrera, recorded in 1980. There are transcripts for all except the Zanettie and Scoresone interview. Additionally, the collection contains background research materials such as a project description, photocopies of handwritten songbooks, articles from and copies of selected issues of the East Mountain Telegraph, narratives about East Mountain history, and a photocopied diary of Charlotte Ellis. The diary discusses family life on homesteads during the late 1800's and early 1900's.

The interviews examine topics relating to the cultural and historical heritage of the East Mountain area. Topics such as land, land grants, kinship, influenza epidemics, school, family and local history are discussed. The sociological impact of religion and religious customs, including penitentes is also relayed.

Audio interviews with Mae Skinner Adams, Jacobo and Margarita Armenta, Lucia and Ernesto Candelaria, Nieto Maldonado Chavez, Florinda Crist, Maria Dresser, Avelino Garcia, Celestina Garcia, Felix Garcia, Lorenzo Garcia, Anselmo Gonzales, Eralia Gonzales, Rose Gutierrez, Tom Herrera, Celia and Rutilio Jaramillo, Dorela and Roberta Perea, Dulcinea Sanchez, and Molly Simballa were added in October 2012. Transcripts and other documentation were also added at this time, both in paper and electronic (cd) format. Note that there are files (but no audio) for Mercie Herrera Chavez and Jose Herrera, and Marian and Harold Rider.

Additional digital photographs on CD were added in July 2013 along with a CD containing descriptions of those photos.


  • 1908-2001 (bulk, 1989-1996)

Language of Materials

Spanish English

Access Restrictions

Portions of the Bob Cooper interviews are restricted until 2046. Permission to access this part of the transcript(s) must be obtained from Joyce Mendel. Restricted pages of transcripts are in the accession folder. Tapes do not contain restricted information.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.

Project history

The East Mountain Oral History Project's goal is to record the recollections of community life, cultural tradition and heritage in pre-1950 Hispanic communities of the East Mountain area near Albuquerque, N.M. Interviews were conducted between 1989 and 1992 with residents from towns including San Antonito, Cañoncito, Escobosa, Chilili, San Antonio, Cedar Crest, and Carnuel. The East Mountain Historical Society was involved with the project from them beginning and continues to conduct oral histories with East Mountain residents and add them to this collection. Many of the interviews were conducted by Joyce Mendel.

The collection was formerly called "East Mountain Oral History Project."


2 boxes (1.5 cu. ft.)

Related Material

The East Mountain Historical Society holds copies of these interviews and complimentary materials.

Separated Material

Master digital audio files are on a UL server.

Processing Information

Additional materials were added to the collection in February 2006, and minimal reprocessing/rearranging was done at the time. Materials were again added in October 2012.

Cassette tapes were reformatted to CD in 2012.
Finding Aid of the East Mountain Historical Society Oral History Project, 1908-2001(bulk, 1989-1996)
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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