News and announcements pertaining to the University of Washington Libraries Digital Collections and the Digital Initiatives Program.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Many Paths, Many Voices: Oral Histories

The University of Washington Special Collections began collecting oral histories in the 1960s as part of an effort to document the history and culture of our regional ethnic communities. Oral historians recorded interviews with members of the Scandinavian American, African American, Japanese American, and Jewish communities in Seattle and Washington State. Later, this effort broadened to document the Northwest arts community and spawned new projects such as the North Cascades History Project. Today, these oral histories represent the bulk of an ever-growing collection and stand as a rich resource for researchers from a variety of fields.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Roots and Reflections: South Asians Map the Pacific Northwest

Amy Bhatt, Assistant Professor of gender and women's studies at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, and Nalini Iyer, Professor of English at Seattle University, worked with the University of Washington Press on a manuscript based on the South Asian Oral History Project.

The book, entitled "Roots and Reflections: South Asians Map the Pacific Northwest," uses oral history to show how South Asian immigrant experiences were shaped by the region and how they differed over time and across generations. It includes the stories of immigrants from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka who arrived from the end of World War II through the 1980s. 

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