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|Record Creator:||Spokane Municipal Government, Spokane Public Library|
From 1955 to 1971, the Friends of the Spokane Public Library conducted oral interviews to preserve the memories and recollections of early pioneers and influential people of Spokane and the Inland Empire. This collection includes the transcripts of those interviews.
|Related Records:||Audio recordings, from which these transcripts were created, are available on this website in the Audio Collection under the title Spokane Voices of the Pioneers Oral Histories, 1955-1971.|
Pioneer Name Index 0.2 MB
|Access Restriction Notes:||All records are open for research.|
|Source of Transfer||Spokane Public Library
|Notes||The original recordings include reel-to-reel tapes, vinyl records, audiocassette tapes, and compact discs. The oral histories were originally recorded on reel-to-reel tape and then stamped to vinyl discs. Later, the recordings were transferred to audiocassette tapes. The CDs were created as part of a digitization project and were made from the vinyl records using a USB turntable and associated conversion software. The transcriptions were made by John C. Ellingson in 1989. In 2009, Shaun C. Reeser digitized and indexed the recordings as partial fulfillment of a Master’s Degree in the Department of History at Eastern Washington University.
|Agency History:||The Spokane Public Library began in 1891 as the Union Library Association, a joint effort between the Women's Sorosis Club and the Carpenters Union. The library faced financial trouble so the City of Spokane brought the library under its control and renamed it the Spokane City Library. They had space in City Hall, but soon needed their own building. The library's first building was a Carnegie Library at 10 South Cedar Street which was completed in 1905. The Spokane Public Library now has six branches across the city.|
|Preferred Citation:||[Name of Interviewee], Spokane Voices of the Pioneers Oral Histories Transcripts, 1955-1971, Miscellaneous Family History Collection, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives, http://digitalarchives.wa.gov, [date accessed].|