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Caprock Oral History Project,

Identifier: MSS -637-BC

Scope and Content

The project consists of thirteen oral history interviews from eleven different people living in New Mexicos East-Central Caprock region. All interviews were conducted by Craig Newbill during the Summer of 1992, except for Bernice and Pete Newbill who were initially interviewed in November of 1988, and subsequently in February and August of 1990, respectively. Pete and Bernice Newbill are the only interviewees who were interviewed twice. The collection contains twelve ninety minute audio cassettes, with verbatim transcripts of each interview. Newbills dissertation, "Oral History Studies from Eastern New Mexico Homestead Areas: Life along the Caprock from 1900-1941" includes excerpts and analysis of the interviews contained in this collection.


  • 1988-1992

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

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 Caprock Oral History Project was conducted as a primary component of Craig Newbills dissertation research. Focusing on East-Central New Mexico's Caprock, or Llano Estacado area, Newbill's goal was to integrate the experiences of individuals who lived during the homesteading era (1900-1941) into the historical and sociological record. Interviews focused on four primary areas of concern: 1) the impact of major historical events such as the Post World War I decline in farm prices, the Stock Market Crash, the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and technological developments; 2) the relationship between various aspects of social life such as work, religion, community life, class status and mobility, gender roles, ethnicity; 3) the structure and dynamics of family life, including household membership, relationships among family members, and family values; 4) the forms that rural residents used to preserve their experiences, including stories, traditions, customs, and beliefs.


1 box (.35 linear ft.)

Separated Material

Master audio is located in B3.
Finding Aid of the Caprock Oral History Project, 1988-1992
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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