Washington Women's History Consortium Collection

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Alice Richards interview [transcript]
Alice Richards interview [transcript]
Interview by Dr. Lynn Masland for the YWCA Centennial
Anne Mosness interview (partial interview clip)
Anne Mosness interview (partial interview clip)
Clip from larger interview by Carole Teshima Morris for a senior thesis project on women in the commercial fishing industry for the department of history, Western Washington University in 1993., Funding to digitize this resource was made available by a grant from the Washington State Legislature to the Washington Women's History Consortium.
Betty Russell interview [transcript]
Betty Russell interview [transcript]
Interview by James Hillegas as part of the Bellingham Centennial Oral History Project. Betty (b. 1924) discusses her childhood in Bellingham living in both Park Street and Smith Road houses. She focuses mainly on traditions particular to her immediate family such as Christmas, religion, and weekend activities. One of her occasional getaways was going with the family to a beach on the Lummi Indian Reservation. She mentions her relationship and experiences with her father who was a logger and later a longshoreman. In addressing the Longshore Labor Strike in the 1930s, she illustrates the reaction of the community and its direct effect on her family. Betty reminisces about first being an independent seamstress at 14 years old, volunteering as a receptionist at Graham Airport, and attending the old Sehome School to learn to be a sheet metal mechanic. During World War II she worked at Boeing in Seattle becoming one of the first women workers on the floor of the Boeing plant as a mechanic mostly building B-17s. She also recounts both her family's and the community's reaction to the bombing of Pearl Harbor and further discusses serving in the hydrographic office of the Navy in Washington D. C. Here, she remarks about differences between the east coast and west coast. Interview length: Two 60 minute cassette tapes.
Carol Diers interview
Carol Diers interview
Dr Carol Jean Diers, was an undergraduate at Western and eventually a full professor in the Psychology department. Dr. Diers attended kindergarten through second grade at Western's Campus School. Later, she finished her last two years of college at Western. She returned to teach at Western in the 1960s during a hiring boom and remembered it as a very exciting time. In 1974, Dr. Diers served as Director of the Honors Program and became the first woman on the Honors Board. Since her retirement she occasionally gives talks at Western.
Dorothy Culjat interview [transcript]
Dorothy Culjat interview [transcript]
Interview by Dr. Lynn Masland for the YWCA Centennial
Dorothy Ramslund interview
Dorothy Ramslund interview
Dr. Dorothy Ramsland, Professor Emeritus and Chair of Home Economics. Dr. Ramsland joined the faculty of Western in 1949 to teach Home Economics during President William Haggard's administration. She talked about the early staff. She also talked about the older faculty's positive treatment of new faculty. She discussed faculty women and their accomplishments. She talked about the Faculty Forum. She also discussed President James Jarrett, the Great Books program and the changes wrought by his administration. Dr. Ramsland told anecdotes about Dr. Jarrett. She talked about President Harvey Bunke and the attempt to discontinue Home Economics. She told anecdotes about President Jerry Flora and discussed town and gown relations between Western and Bellingham. Dr. Ramsland discussed President Paul Olscamp, Ralph Thompson, Jim Davis and President Robert Ross. She also discussed various president's "open-door" policy for faculty. She talked about the lack of books at the library as well as librarians Mabel Zoe Wilson and Mildred Herrick. She discussed the campus sculpture collection. Dr. Ramsland talked about the Capital Nomenclature Committee. She also discussed Sam Buchanan as well as the reasons she remained at Western.
Geneil Wasel Chevalier interview [transcript]
Geneil Wasel Chevalier interview [transcript]
Interview by Dr. Lynn Masland for the YWCA Centennial.
Harriet Spanel interview [transcript]
Harriet Spanel interview [transcript]
Interview by Dr. Lynn Masland for the YWCA Centennial
Ingeborg Paulus interview
Ingeborg Paulus interview
Ingeberg Paulus, Associate Professor Emeritus of Sociology. Dr. Paulus described the personal and professional paths that led her to Western. She discussed studying at the University of London. She talked about her youth in post-war Germany and how she got to Canada. Dr. Paulus discussed her interest in and experience with gender issues. She also discussed her research on border smuggling. She talked about her perceptions of students over her twenty year career at Western. She also talked about her interests and activities after retirement. Dr. Paulus discussed the collegial climate at Western as well as the reduction in force (R.I.F.) in the early 1970s. She discussed the cultural offerings of Western and Bellingham. She also talked about criminology, the Equal Rights Amendment and what made her retire.
Julie Foster interview [transcript]
Julie Foster interview [transcript]
Interview by Dr. Lynn Masland for the YWCA Centennial.
Katrina Jez interview
Katrina Jez interview
Interview with Katrina Jez by Carole Teshima Morris. Katrina Jez describes her work in fishing, primarily in Southeast Alaska, and explains a typical season on a purse-seine boat. She discusses crew turnover, salaries and her specific duties onboard the boat. She reflects on the growing numbers of women working on purse-seiners, and the good living provided by commercial fishing. She describes some of the dangers accompanying the job, changes in the industry relating to boats, regulations, and resources, and the strong sense of community in the fishing industry. She describes the process of purse-seining and the joys and demands of the job. Ms. Jez discusses fisheries management issues such as dwindling fish populations in Puget Sound and efforts to restock Southeast Alaska fisheries. She mentions the politics of fishing, the impact of Asian driftnet fishing, and describes an increasing consciousness about the environment and pollution problems from within the fishing community. She reflects on the potential challenges affecting women and other individuals involved in commercial fishing., Funding to digitize this resource was made available by a grant from the Washington State Legislature to the Washington Women's History Consortium.
Kim Walker interview
Kim Walker interview
Interview by Carole Teshima Morris for a senior thesis project on women in the commercial fishing industry for the department of history, Western Washington University in 1993. Interview topics include: Geographic Locations: Washington, Alaska .Subjects: Walker discusses how she became involved in the commercial fishing industry and what life and work are like on commercial fishing boats. Topics cover include daily tasks, superstitions, and the dangers of fishing in Alaska, the roles of women in the commercial fishing industry and the various different positions she had on different vessels. Additionally, she provides insights into becoming a licensed commercial fisherperson and different aspects of the professional fishing industry., Funding to digitize this resource was made available by a grant from the Washington State Legislature to the Washington Women's History Consortium.
Lyn Dennis interview
Lyn Dennis interview
Interview with Lyn Dennis by Carole Teshima Morris. Dennis recounts her experience as a female fisherman in the Pacific Northwest, where she fished for both sockeye salmon and crab. Ms. Dennis explains that she first fished the Nooksack River in a 12-foot boat, gradually working her way up to a 21-foot gill-netter (The Humdinger) operating out of Point Roberts. She describes the tribal fisheries system (in which enrolled tribal members can receive treaty licenses for commercial fishing), differences between fishing on rivers and fishing in salt water, and selection of crew members. She describes the realities of commercial fishing, fishing in inclement weather, and lessons learned from those experiences. She discusses discrimination in fishing and ways to overcome that adversity, and the economic and political climate of the commercial fishing industry in the 1990s, including some ramifications of the US-Canada Treaty on tribal fishing operations., Funding to digitize this resource was made available by a grant from the Washington State Legislature to the Washington Women's History Consortium.
Mary Robinson interview [transcript]
Mary Robinson interview [transcript]
Interview by Dr. Lynn Masland for the YWCA Centennial.
Meridith Cary interview
Meridith Cary interview
Dr. Meridith Cary, Professor of English. Dr. Cary joined Western's faculty in 1964. In 1972 she and Marge Ryan team-taught a Women's literature course. She also helped design and promote the Women's Studies program at Western acting as manager for the first five years. She described a period when the administration cut faculty from all departments, and remembered that the English department faculty handled it with distinction. Dr. Cary has also authored works in a number of different genres.
Roseanna Stilwell Page interview [transcript]
Roseanna Stilwell Page interview [transcript]
Interview by Dr. Lynn Masland for the YWCA Centennial