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Audio Recording To America from Germany

To America from Germany

About this Item


  • To America from Germany


  • Arriola, Martha (Narrator)
  • Gastañaga, Linda (Interviewer)
  • Jones, Suzi (Interviewer)

Created / Published

  • August 1, 1978


  • -  Ninety-Six Ranch
  • -  Activities
  • -  Cooks
  • -  Martha Arriola Household
  • -  Employment
  • -  German Americans
  • -  Immigration
  • -  Ethnography
  • -  Interviews


  • Ethnography
  • Interviews


  • -  Martha Arriola reminisces about traveling alone from Germany to Reno as a young girl in 1930 and finding work on ranches, including a period when she worked as a cook on the 96 Ranch.
  • -  Martha Arriola (nee Bruns) was twenty-two when she came to America from the north German state of Oldenburg in 1930. She worked at the Ninety-Six Ranch from 1931 to 1938. She received her citizenship in 1939, after she and her first husband had moved to Reno.


  • Audio

Call Number/Physical Location

  • AFC 1991/021: NV8-SJ-R21

Source Collection

  • Paradise Valley Folklife Project Collection (AFC 1991/021)


  • American Folklife Center

Digital Id

Online Format

  • audio

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Credit line

Paradise Valley Folklife Project collection, 1978-1982 (AFC 1991/021), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Cite This Item

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Chicago citation style:

Arriola, Martha, Linda Gastañaga, and Suzi Jones. To America from Germany. August 1, 1978. Audio.

APA citation style:

Arriola, M., Gastañaga, L. & Jones, S. (1978) To America from Germany. August 1. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Arriola, Martha, Linda Gastañaga, and Suzi Jones. To America from Germany. August 1, 1978. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.