Richard Brock, an
Orange County folklorist, conducted the oral histories included in this collection in San
Juan Capistrano as part of his Master's degree in folklore and mythology at UCLA in 1975.
The collection contains oral histories from Delfina Manriquez de Olivares, Buenaventura
Nieblas, and Paul Arbiso (Nicknamed "Mocho" for a finger he lost in WWI. "Mocho" is reputed
to be local Acjachemen dialect for "missing"). The collection also includes audio recordings
of the oral histories, photographs, clippings, and other related material.
Richard Brock is an Attorney and Educator. He received a Bachelor's degree at UCI in
Classical Civilization focused on Greco-Roman History, Literature, Art, and Myth. He then
earned a Master's degree in Folklore and Mythology from UCLA and was focused on the folklore
of San Juan Capistrano where he did field work recording local folktales and history. In
addition, he studied law at Western State University of Law and became a practicing
attorney. He is currently teaching law in an ABA program for Paralegals at the University of
California at Riverside, and also teaches enrichment classes on Folklore and Mythology
through the Osher Program.
.25 Linear Feet
(1 half-document case)
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