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Oral History Interviews of the Jewish Pioneer Video Project

Identifier: MSS-772-BC

Scope and Content

The collection documents oral traditions and recollections of Jewish pioneer families in New Mexico. Seventeen video taped interviews were conducted with 18 Jewish families who settled in New Mexico between the middle of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Most of the interviews were conducted between 2000-2004, however, some interviews previously conducted by Congregation Albert were included in this collection as well. In addition to the video taped interviews, the collection also includes interview transcripts and assorted documentation. Documentation consists of a set of 13 family history booklets as well as a brief introduction to the project, provided by Dr. Henry Tobias. The collection is organized by Pioneer family. Families included are Danoff, Solomon//Lesinsky/Freudenthal, Goldsmith, Gusdorf, Herztein, Ilfeld/ Nordhaus, Moise, Ravel, Seligman/Floersheim/Bibo, Spiegelberg, Taichert, Wertheim/Vorenberg and Wertheim (Fort Sumner).


  • 1997-2006

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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 duplication.

Background Information

The mission of the New Mexico Jewish Historical Society is to promote greater understanding and knowledge of New Mexico's Jewish history. The Society's programs examine [New Mexico's] Jewish heritage in all its diversity, and strive to present this heritage within a broad cultural context. The Society is a secular organization and solicits the membership and participation of all interested people, regardless of religious affiliation. New Mexico Jewish Historical Society website

The Jewish Pioneer Video Project was conducted by the New Mexico Jewish Historical Society, in partnership with the Department of History and the Center for Regional Studies at the University of New Mexico, and with partial funding from the New Mexico Historical Records Advisory Board, The Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation, The Albuquerque Community Foundation, the New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities, and individual donors. The goal of the project was to preserve a valuable historical record and to understand the social, cultural, economic and political life of New Mexico's Jewish pioneers and their contributions to early New Mexico history.


1 box (1 cu. ft.)


The New Mexico Jewish Historical Society's (NMJHS) Jewish Pioneer Video Project consists of memoirs of and about early Jewish settlers in New Mexico. The collection contains video interviews, family history booklets, digital copies of family photographs, and transcripts for all of the interviews.

Related Archival Material

New Mexico Jewish Historical Society Records, New Mexico State Records Center and Archives, Santa Fe, NM Spiegelberg-Ilfeld Family Papers, Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico Charles Ilfeld Company Records, Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico
Finding Aid of the Oral History Interviews of the Jewish Pioneer Video Project, 1997-2006
Processed by N. Sedore-Pena
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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