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Oral History Interviews of the Voices: Old Town Alburquerque Oral History Project,

Identifier: MSS -649 -BC

Scope and Content

The collection consists of a total of eighteen interviews with eight individuals, recorded on eighteen 90 minute audiocassette tapes. All interviews were conducted in English by Benny Andrés, except the interviews with Dionicia Jojola, during which Andrés spoke English, Jojola spoke Spanish, and a translator served as the intermediary. There is a verbatim transcript for each interview. The transcripts for the Jojola interviews include the transcription of the translation. Also included in the collection is Andrés' final report summarizing and analyzing the project, as well as a brief introduction to the project, provided by Andrés in 1999.


  • 1995-1999 (bulk 1995)


Language of Materials

English Spanish

Access Restrictions

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

This oral history project was conducted by Benny Andrés as part of the History Ph.D. program requirements at the University of New Mexico. Andrés conducted a total of eighteen taped interviews with 8 individuals who lived, worked, visited, or interacted in the Old Town area between 1930 and 1960. The interviews were all conducted in 1995.

The goal of the project was to understand the social, cultural, economic and political life of Albuquerques predominantly Hispanic Old Town neighborhood, between 1930 and 1960. The four main project themes are: 1) what were the important cultural activities and beliefs of the Old Town community; 2) what were the local effects of the Great Depression and World War II; 3) what was the nature of gender relations and gender-determined restrictions and opportunities in the community; and 4) what changed over time in Old Town. Looking at the role of cultural institutions and practices, and at the impact of particular events, such as Albuquerques successful annexation of Old Town in 1949, Andrés delves into the preceding themes.


1 box (1 cu. ft.)

Related Material

Emma Moya collection on the History of Old Town Albuquerque and related Communities, Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico.

Separated Material

Master cassettes are stored in B3.

Processing Information

Use restrictions on del Frate and Savage interviews expired in 2010. These interviews were incorporated into Box 1 in February 2013.
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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