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New Digital Collection: Tacoma Community History Project

July 18, 2012

Tacoma Community History Project

The University of Washington Tacoma Library is pleased to announce that the oral histories collected as part of the Tacoma Community History Project are now available online via the UW Libraries Digital Collections:


Over fifty oral history projects can be found in this new digital collection, and we expect to add several more in the near future.  UW Tacoma students created these projects in graduate and undergraduate courses that have been offered by Professor Michael Honey since 1990 in the  Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program.  In these courses, students learn the methodology of conducting oral history, interview community members, and compile projects that document the history of local individuals, organizations, and communities.  The collection now includes projects on churches, labor unions, military institutions, ethnic communities, neighborhoods, businesses, civic leaders, and prominent citizens in Tacoma and the South Puget Sound.

This online collection is the result of several years of work and was made possible by grants from Puyallup Tribe of Indians and the Friends of the UW Libraries.  Justin Wadland, Head, Media and Visual Resources, served as project manager for the overall digitization project, with UW MLIS students Alison Lane and Hilary Robbeloth, and UW Tacoma undergraduate student Charles McDowell ably assisting with scanning, creating metadata, and securing permissions. The project also benefited from the contributions and expertise of UW Libraries Digital Initiatives and Metadata Implementation Group in the development of the website and data dictionary for the collection.

A panel discussion about this project at the Pacific Northwest History Conference is scheduled for October 2012.  More details about this event will be forthcoming.