I'm not sure what percentage it is currently at TBHS, but when I was there, they had quite a few of their interviews transcribed so you can read that before listening. I know that the Oral History Coordinator at that time also made kind of an index with each transcription, in which she listed the pertinent proper names contained in the interview.
Also, many of the interviews had a abstract written by the interviewer so the basic content was listed to aid researchers before the interview could be transcribed.
And I also can say TBHS is up to date on technology as they transfer all of their interviews onto CD, of which copies are available for sale.
P.S. as an indexer by trade and researcher by heart, I wholeheartedly agree with your statement about the value of a good index.
It has been written for authors .... "No index, no heaven." It is rare to find an interview tape that has been indexed. It is hard to justify spending time listening to a tape without some indication ... more
There is a big program here at NAU in gathering oral histories of northern Arizona and Flagstaff in particular. It has been ongoing for at least a decade. However, a local 'flack' remarked that... more
Oral Histories at TBHS historian59,Thu Jun 28 00:43
I don't know how much the collection of oral histories (conducted across the state) at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Museum in Las Cruces would help your research, but they also transcribe each... more
historian59, I believe I've spoken with the Director/Curator of History of the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Museum. In the meantime, I've found what I was looking for, but again, thank you for all your... more
Most likely with Cameron Saffell, the Museum's Curator of History and supervisor of the oral history program. The Museum director is my husband. Glad you found your information. Hopefully I can be of ... more