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Western Washington University centennial oral history project records

Repository: Western Washington University. Center for Pacific Northwest Studies

Collection Description (CRHP): The interview of Saundra Taylor, in particular, relates to civil rights. She joined Western's faculty in 1968 as an Associate Professor in Psychology. She was assigned to the Counciling Center and talked about her first assignment dealing with student protesters. She discusses being an African American councilor and people's pre-conceptions of her job at Western.

Collection Description (Extant): This collection includes oral histories, audio tapes and transcripts documenting the development of Western Washington University. Most of the interviews were commissioned as part of the University's Centennial Celebration. The interviews were conducted with former faculty, staff, and students whose connections to Western date from roughly 1920 to 2000. They deal with campus history, focusing particularly on the administrations of Dr. William Haggard, Dr. James Jarrett, Dr. Harvey Bunke, Dr. Jerry Flora and Dr. Paul Olscamp. The collection also includes several departmental histories, including Departments of Education, Geography, Humanities and Political Science. Several interviews focus on the development of Fairhaven College, Huxley College and the College of Ethnic studies as well as the formation of the College of Fine and Performing Arts.

The oral histories reflect the evolution of Western from its genesis as a normal school to a liberal arts college to a multi-disciplined regional university. Through the interviews, researchers can gain a sense of that transition, as well as the complexities of the inter-relationships between administration, faculty and students.

Digital Status: Partial

Extent: transcripts; audiocassettes

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Related Archival Items: The Bellingham Centennial Oral History Project records also deal with race relations (see database entry), and and the Washington State Aural/Oral History Project records are available on microfilm at the archives and deal with African American history in Washington. The Waterfront Oral History Project records peripherally relate to race relations.

Interviewees: Saundra Taylor

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights


African American college teachers
African Americans--Washington (State)
Washington (State)--Race relations
Western Washington University


Sound recordings


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