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North Valley Oral History Project Photograph Collection

Identifier: PICT-000-572

Scope and Content

This collection contains five photographs (17 x 12.5 cm.) of Sam McIlhaney, a history teacher at Bernalillo High School.


  • 1974-1980

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Duplication of print materials allowed for research purposes in most cases. User is responsible for all copyright compliance. Copyright unknown. For more information see the Photographs and Images Research Guide and contact the Pictorial Archivist


In 1982, Kathryn Sargeant and Mary Davis began an archaeological survey of Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, an incorporated village in the Albuquerque's North Valley. Part of the project involved speaking with local people and asking for permission to walk across and examine their properties for archaeological sites. It became apparent to Sargeant and Davis that the local people had a wealth of historical information in their memories that needed to be documented. Thus, in 1983, the North Valley Oral History Project was born with three main goals: (1) to present a picture of life in the North Valley before its transition from a rural to a suburban community, (2) to record oral histories for present and future populations of the North Valley, (3) and to create a body of primary source material about the North Valley for scholarly research.

The project collected more than sixty interviews from more than 70 people, ranging from thirty to 100 years of age. Most interviews were conducted in English and several were conducted in Spanish. The Spanish interviews have been translated and transcribed into English. The North Valley Oral History Project collection includes transcripts and cassette tapes of the interviews collected, as well as a copy of the resulting book, Shining River Precious Land: An Oral History of Albuquerque's North Valley by Kathryn Sargeant and Mary Davis.

The project was funded by the Village of Los Ranchos and the Albuquerque Museum.


5 items (1 folder) : 5 photographic prints

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This collection contains five photographs of Sam McIlhaney, a history teacher at Bernalillo High School.

Physical Location

B2. Small Collections box 6. Filed by Pictorial Number.

Separated Material


Contact Information

  1. University of New Mexico
  2. MSC05 3020, 1, University of New Mexico
  3. Center for Southwest Research
  4. Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
  5. Phone: 505-277-0060
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Finding Aid of the North Valley Oral History Project Photograph Collection, 1974-1980
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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