The materials of the Germaine Moon San Bernardino County Research Collection were selected and compiled during the course of Mrs. Moon's thirty years of service as a historian and reference researcher for the Mojave River Valley Museum in Barstow, California. Focused primarily on the Mojave Desert region, the materials include affidavits, articles of incorporation, biographies, birth certificates, brochures, burial records, business cards, census data, correspondence, court records, diaries, death certificates, deeds, directories, genealogies, indexes, leases, liquor licenses, manuscripts, maps, mining claims, minutes, newspaper clippings, photographs, promotional materials, and voting registers.
180 Audio Cassette Tapes containing 124 oral history interviews 8.31 Gigabytes containing 124 interviews reformatted to Windows Media Audio 12.2 Megabytes containing 87 interviews transcribed in MS Word 12 Volumes of printed and bound interview transcriptions 817 Photographic Prints 47 Envelopes of subject files
The Joe de Kehoe Silence and the Sun Collection highlights the stories of women and Hispanic families living in California's Mojave Desert along U.S. Highway 66 during the Great Depression. The content was generated during the course of Mr. de Kehoe's research for his book titled, The Silence and The Sun: An historical account of people, places and events on old Route 66 and railroad communities in the Eastern Mojave Desert, California. The materials include audio cassette tapes of oral histories, digitized audio, electronic transcriptions, bound volumes, captioned photographs, and subject files.