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Interviews conducted by the Oral History Program are based on a standardized list of questions (called a protocol) arranged in major interview categories. Select a category to see interviews and the interview protocol for that category.

Working the Land

Agricultural land owners often have different experiences and concerns than their workers. Thus we drafted a similar interview protocol but pose different questions that focus on the experiences of cowboys, field workers, and ranch managers. This includes an overview of their personal and family history and background, details about their work, and observations on their perspective on agricultural life.

Evans, Art
Personal and family history of Art Evans, and his involvement with the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Foundation including arranging a donation of farm equipment from the Ladder Ranch. Wanda Evans discusses daily life as a farm manager's wife and social activities.
Evans, Wanda
Personal and family history of Art Evans, and his involvement with the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Foundation including arranging a donation of farm equipment from the Ladder Ranch. Wanda Evans discusses daily life as a farm manager's wife and social activities.
Hawkins, Darrell
Hawkins describes his career as a cowboy, his years spent with the circus, and the arts of trick roping and whip cracking.
Nalda, Jean Baptiste
Sheep and cattle ranch management in southeastern New Mexico (Roswell area) from the perspective of a Basque immigrant ranch manager; his family and life experience from 1913 to 2000.
O'Bannon, Royal
Rural ranch life in the Artesia area.
Provence, Billy
Session One: Blacksmithing: Billy began at an early age in his grandfather's blacksmith shop. This session covers his blacksmith career to date, including the years he has worked as the blacksmith for the Museum. Session Two:Cowboy Years: Billy has worked as a cowboy on various ranches in New Mexico. This session outlines his daily activities, working conditions and other cowboys he has met over the years.
Sanchez, Luis
Life at Stahmann Farms as seen by the consultant as a boy and as a young adult.