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Tacoma Community History Project

Oral history archive

Website: Tacoma Community History Project

Project Synopsis

The Tacoma Community History Project gathers oral histories created by UW Tacoma students enrolled in courses taught by Professor Michael Honey.

Since 1990, the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program has offered courses in oral history at both the undergraduate and the graduate levels. In these classes, 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 includes over sixty projects on churches, labor unions, military institutions, ethnic communities, neighborhoods, businesses, civic leaders, and prominent citizens in Tacoma and the South Puget Sound. Over fifty are now available digitally through the UW Libraries Digital Collections.

People Involved

  • Justin Wadland, Head, Media and Digital Collections, UW Tacoma Library
  • Professor Michael Honey,  Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Tacoma
  • Angela Rosette-Tavares, Digital Projects Designer, UW Libraries

Libraries Role

Justin Wadland served as project manager for this project.