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Collection Details


Collection Name: White Sands Missile Range Oral History Legacy Project
Repository Name: New Mexico State University. University Archives. Rio Grande Historical Collection [Repository Details]
Repository Location: Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States
URL: http://elibrary.unm.edu/oanm/NmLcU/nmlcu1%23ms346/
Dates Spanned: 1981-1997
Description: Prior to World War II, the Tularosa Basin of Otero County, New Mexico, was primarily ranching land. During the war, this isolated region was utilized for bombing practice and nuclear testing. The Legacy Project, funded by the Department of Defense, sought to document the histories and lifestyles of the numerous ranching families who were displaced by these military activities. Consultants who had ranched the area were interviewed by project staff. The collection includes both taped and transcribed interviews, photographs, and miscellaneous materials such as maps and brands, all documenting ranch life in the Tularosa Basin from 1900 until the 1940s.
Estimated Total of Interviews: 46
Broad Subjects: Military
ASP Subjects: Bombing and gunnery ranges--New Mexico; Forced migration; Military occupation; New Mexico; Oral history; Ranch life; Ranching--New Mexico; Tularosa, NM; United States
Collection Code: OHC0001592