Jump to Content

Collection Guide
Collection Title:
Collection Number:
Get Items:
Carrizo Plain Oral History Collection
View entire collection guide What's This?
PDF (55.98 Kb) HTML
Search this collection
Collection Details
Table of contents What's This?
  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Additional collection guides

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Carrizo Plain Oral History Collection
    Dates: 1990 - 2013
    Collection Number: MS0185
    Creator/Collector: Jacqueline (Jackie) Czapla Craig Deutsche Nancy Warner Carrizo Plain National Monument
    Extent: 2LF, 4 boxes, 114GB
    Repository: California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo. Special Collections and Archives
    San Luis Obispo, California 93407
    Abstract: Oral history audio recordings and transcripts of interviews conducted with residents of the Carrizo Plain region. Interviews conducted by Jacqueline Czapla and Craig Deutsche between 2008 – 2013. Collection also includes interviews conducted by Nancy Warner between 1990 - 1995, and copies of supplementary materials donated by Czapla and Deutsche interviewees.
    Language of Material: English


    Collection is open to researchers by appointment. For more information on visiting, access policies, and reproduction requests, please visit our Reference Services page online at http://lib.calpoly.edu/search-and-find/collections-and-archives/reference-services/.

    Publication Rights

    Digital copies are provided to researchers for the purpose of study, research, and personal use only, unless otherwise specified in writing. Materials that are the property of Cal Poly Special Collections and Archives require written permission prior to publication. No complete collection may be reproduced. For print and online publication, please visit our Reproduction Services page online at http://lib.calpoly.edu/support/sca-policies/reproduction/. Special Collections and Archives reserves the right to review all reproduction requests and to withhold permission if scanning would endanger the material, would violate copyright law, or would violate institutional restrictions.

    Preferred Citation

    Carrizo Plain Oral History Collection. California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo. Special Collections and Archives

    Acquisition Information

    Donated 2013.

    Biography/Administrative History

    Jacqueline (Jackie) Czapla and Craig Deutsche conducted oral history interviews with residents in the Carrizo Plain region between 2008 and 2013. The interviews include current and former ranchers, seasonal workers, descendants of early settlers, members of Chumash tribes, and area residents. Interview subjects include local family history, sheepherding, ranching methods, land and animal management, local community relations, Basque and European immigration, and the Chumash culture and lands. Jackie Czapla is originally from the Sacramento area and moved to Washburn Ranch in 1995 when her husband, a Bureau of Land Management employee, transferred to the Carrizo Plain National Monument. Jackie is an artist and horse trainer, and has worked with the Bureau of Land Management in different capacities. She is a board member with the Friends of the Carrizo Plain, a nonprofit, volunteer organization that supports the three managing partners of the Carrizo Plain National Monument. Encouraged by locals and colleagues, she originally planned to conduct an oral history project in 2002 with her own equipment and funding, but the project was delayed until 2008. Craig Deutsche is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is a desert conservation advocate and member of both the Sierra Club and the Friends of the Carrizo Plain. He taught chemistry and physics in the Los Angeles area for over 15 years. Since retirement he has led backpacking trips and service outings with several environmental organizations and has authored two books about the Carrizo region. He began working as a volunteer with the monument in 2003. Jackie and Craig met at the Carrizo Plain National Monument visitor’s center in 2007 while Jackie was working in education and Craig was working on a fence project. Intrigued with the history of the people and the plain, they recognized the need to record and preserve the stories of local residents. In late 2007 they agreed to pursue Jackie’s oral history project and began contacting potential interviewees. The interviews were conducted between 2008 and 2013 at homes and ranches, at local churches and businesses, and at public events. The recordings were later transcribed by Jackie and Craig. Nancy Warner, a biologist and consultant, worked in the San Luis Obispo area for over ten years. Her work included projects with Guadalupe-Dunes Preserve, the Pecho Coast Trail, and The Nature Conservancy of California. She worked with the Carrizo Plain National Monument from 1988 – 1991 as an Education/Volunteer Coordinator and as a biological consultant for a habitat restoration program. She conducted oral history interviews between 1990 – 1991 and later contributed her records to Jackie and Craig to be included in the oral history project.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection contains digital audio recordings of oral histories and typewritten transcripts of interviews conducted with residents of the Carrizo Plain region. Interviews were conducted by Craig Deutsche and Jacqueline Czapla between 2008 – 2013. The collection also includes interviews conducted by Nancy Warner in 1990 and 1991, copies of photographs, and materials provided by the interviewees.

    Indexing Terms

    Carrizo Plain
    Carrisa Plains
    Oral History
    California Ranching
    Land Conservation
    Van Matre
    Carrizo Plain
    Santa Margarita
    Digital Audio Files

    Additional collection guides