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Oral History Interview with Ernest V. Joiner,

Identifier: MSS-727-SC

Scope and Content

This collection consists of 4 cassette tapes, in which Janet Neugebauer interviews Ernest V. Joiner in Carrizozo, NM on December 29, 1989. Joiner recounts his life and career during the interview, and discusses small town newspaper-man experiences, politics, social issues and comments on social change. Joiner recounts highlights of his tenure with the Ralls Banner (TX), Sebastopol Times (CA), Lincoln County News (NM). He recollects various incidents and experiences, including bootlegging, smuggling, hippies, the Teapot Dome scandal, nuclear power, election fraud, affirmative action, and Lincoln County politics. During parts of the interview, his daughters, Carol Joiner and Vicki McNair interject their comments.

A duplicate of this interview is housed at the Southwest Collections, Texas Tech University.


  • 1989 December 29


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The collection is open for research.

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Biographical Information

Ernest Joiner was born August 20, 1911 in Seymour Texas. He attended grade school in Boise City, OK and grammar and high school in Dalhart, TX. Joiner attended the University of New Mexico for 2 years, then transferred to Texas Technological College where he graduated with a degree in mass communications. He is a member of the Texas Tech Hall of Fame.

Joiner's 36 year career as newspaper editor and publisher in Texas, Oregan, California, and New Mexico is remembered as one replete with outspokenness, wit, and controversy. His beginnings in the profession date to his editing the school newspaper, The Toreador, while a student at Texas Tech. He purchased Ralls Banner (TX) in 1945, and served as editor from 1945-1960. Joiner sold the Ralls Banner in 1960, and went on to edit Modern Veterinary Practice in Santa Barbara, CA. Within 2 years, he returned to the newspaper business, purchasing California's Sebastopol Times. As editor of that paper, he regularly bashed California politicians. Several years later, Joiner purchased the Heppner Gazette-Times (OR), which he sold in 1972, and purchased the Sebastopol Times for the second time. In 1980, he won the George Washington Honor Medal for editorial writing by the Freedoms Foundation in Valley Forge, PA. He settled in Carrizozo, NM in March 1982, where he edited the Lincoln County News until his retirement in 1992. Joiner died on Nov. 9, 1998 at the age of 87.


1 Folder (4 audio tapes)


This collection consists of 4 cassette tapes, in which Janet Neugebauer interviews Ernest V. Joiner in Carrizozo, NM on December 29, 1989. Joiner discusses the newspaper business, small-town life, and politics in west Texas, California, and New Mexico, focusing on 1935-1989.

Existence and Location of Originals

Tape logs/summaries are courtesy of Texas Tech University.

Related Archival Material

Ernest V. Joiner Manuscript Collection Southwest Collection. Texas Tech University

Separated Material

Master audiocassettes stored in B3.
Finding Aid of the Oral History Interview with Ernest V. Joiner, 1989 December 29
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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