Stewarding the natural and cultural resources of the Cienega Watershed of Southeastern Arizona.

Oral History Project

The History of the Oral History Project

In 2010, the Cienega Watershed Partnership and its partners founded the CWP Oral History Workgroup to focus on the collection, preservation, and dissemination and use of oral history stories from Southeastern Arizona. Founding members include the Cienega Watershed Partnership, Amerind Foundation, Colossal Cave Mountain Park, Empire Ranch Foundation, Vail Preservation Society, Santa Cruz Valley Heritage Alliance, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, and Coronado National Forest.

Empire Ranch

Photo © Michael McNulty /

The Oral History Work Group is focused on collecting oral history interviews and on the inventory, digital migration, and transcription of this information. Over 240 audio tapes have been inventoried and most have been converted to digital formats. Thirty tapes are now transcribed. The parallel work group, Back Then, has been established to focus on using oral histories in reconstructing and understanding the landscape.

The goal is to disseminate these stories in multiple forms in museums, for school children, researchers, historians, and other users, and as part of Arizona’s Memory Project. A current grant from the BLM is underwriting the technical work and a series of oral history training workshops. Information about these workshops is sent out via the Cienega Watershed Partnership newsletter.

Ranchers on horseback

Photo courtesy Cienega Watershed Partnership.

Cienega Watershed Oral Histories

Access our oral history stories and inventories, learn about our partners, and more with these resources:

Oral History Stories
Transcripts from oral histories and some audio segments.

Oral History Inventories
A catalog of oral histories collected by organization.

Project Partners
The organizations behind the Oral History Work Group, established in 2010.

Share Your Oral History
We want to hear your history!

The Voices of the Cienega Watershed
Interviews, photographs, and more historical resources hosted by the Arizona State Library.

For additional information or assistance, please contact us.

Restricted access: Oral History Workgroup | Back Then Workgroup


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