Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

Basques of Harney County, Oregon, Oral History Collection, 1976-2001

Lambs in pasture, 1950s.

Information and Credits

OH 04

The Basques of Harney County, Oregon, Oral History Collection consists of transcripts and audiotapes of 15 oral history interviews conducted in 1976 and 1979 as part of an inventory of historic sites in Harney County. Basque sheepherders immigrated to southeastern Oregon from the 1890s through the 1920s and worked as itinerant herders on the mountain ranges of Harney County until the 1930s.

Historical Note 

Scope and Content Note

Quantity

0.5 cubic foot, including 28 audiotapes and 3 photographs; 2 boxes

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in two series: I. Audiotapes and II. Transcripts. Some of the interviews were previously assigned individual numbers; the OH04 item numbers were assigned by the Archives and the 979- and 986- numbers by the Horner Museum.

An alphabetical view of the oral history interviewees whose recordings are held in this collection is as follows.

  • Arguinchona, Santos (September 24, 1976)
  • Barainca, Alsna (July 18, 1976)
  • Baraibar, Maria (September 21, 1976)
  • Baraibar, Nicholas (September 21, 1976)
  • Diaz, Aval (March 23, 1979)
  • Ebar, Josephine (September 21, 1976)
  • Ereno, Carlos (September 25, 1976)
  • Harrit, Jean (September 26, 1976)
  • Iturriaga, Claudio (March 24, 1979)
  • Iturriaga, Maria L. (March 24, 1979)
  • Larraneta, Martina (September 3, 1976)
  • Larraneta, Mike (September 9, 1976)
  • Mallea, David (September 25, 1976)
  • Osa, Marcelino (September 24, 1976)
  • Stevens, Marguerite (September 23, 1976)
  • Urizer, Cecilia (August 31, 1976)
  • Vidando, Nicholas (September 7, 1976)
  • Zabala, Joe (September 24, 1976)

Related Papers

This collection is a component of the Oregon Multicultural Archives, which documents the lives and activities of African American, Asian American, Latino and Native American communities of Oregon. Other materials pertaining to Harney County are available in the Extension Service (RG 111) and Agricultural Experiment Station (RG 25) Records and the Edwin Russel Jackman Papers.

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