This collection is comprised of transcriptions of oral history interviews conducted with a group of Cheney women by the Women's Programs of Eastern Washington University. The final product of the project was a small book, Community Builders: The Women of a Small College Town, published in 1984. The interviews were conducted with a cross-section of women in Cheney, including home-makers, business women, professional women, teachers, and EWU faculty. A total of eighty-four women were interviewed.
The oral history interviews were not fully transcribed as part of the oral history project conducted by Women's Programs. The transcription process is usually the most labor-intensive aspect of any oral history project. The collection of cassette tapes, permissions, and summaries of the interviews were transferred to the University Archives in 1984. Gradually, the interviews are being transcribed and uploaded to the archival digital collections.
About the Project
The "Women of a Small College Town" project was undertaken as one of the many projects relating to the centennial of the founding of Eastern Washington University during the 1981-1982 academic year. A committee from the EWU Women's Programs developed the proposal in 1981 to conduct a series of oral history interviews to document the ways in which women have been involved in the community of Cheney. Funding from the Washington Commission for the Humanities was approved for the project in the spring of 1982. Project Directors Dixie Massengale, Norma Smith, and Lee Swedberg oversaw the interview process and collection of biographical data. Interviewers included students from the Communications Studies 304 course, Listening and Interviewing Skills, taught by Shawnna Stockton in winter of 1983. The project included the production of a 38-page book, Community Builders: Women of a Small College Town, utilizing the interviews conducted with a representative group of Cheney women. Following completion of the project, the cassette tapes and other materials generated by the project were transferred to the EWU University Archives in 1984.
Since 1984 the Women's Programs have evolved into the Department of Women's and Gender Studies. The records of the "Women of a Small College Town" project are open to use by researchers under the terms specified in the oral interview agreement. Most interviews are open and usable at this time in the Archives & Special Collections department of the University Libraries.
Oral history interview transcript with Elsie Ableman, Elsie Ableman and Dixie Massengale
Oral history interview transcript with Janet Anderson, Janet B. Anderson and Troy Prahl
Oral History interview with Nancy Baumann, Nancy Baumann and Renee Wolf
Oral history interview transcript with Shirley Billings, Shirley Billings and Norma Smith
Oral history interview transcript with Mary Jane Booth, Mary Jane Booth and Norma Smith
Oral history interview transcript with Helen Boots, Helen Boots and Paul Shumaker
Oral history interview transcript with Pat Conrath, Patricia Conrath and Janet Anderson
Oral history interview transcript with Pat Coontz, Patricia Coontz and Lee Swedberg
Oral history interview with Lula Cutting, Lula Cutting
Oral history interview transcipt with Prudence Dickson, Prudence Dickson and Norma Smith
Oral history interview transcript with Antoinette Dustin, H. Antoinette Dustin and Lee Swedberg
Oral history interview transcript with Marilyn Elliot, Marilyn Elliot and Toni MacElroy
Oral history interview with Opal Fleckenstein, Opal Fleckenstein
Oral history interview transcript with Carol Kabat, Carol Kabat and Lee Swedberg
Oral history interview transcript with Louise Prugh, Louise Prugh and Mike Gray
Oral history interview with Joan Tracy, Joan Tracy and Kellie Ray
Oral history interview transcript with Ruth Van Kuren, Ruth Van Kuren and Mary Fredrickson
Oral history interview with Nancy Wainwright, Nancy Wainwright and Scott Sirason
Oral history interview with Altamae Whitehill, Altamae Whitehill and Joanne Daugherty
Oral history interview with Louise White, Louise White and Lee Swedberg
Oral history interview transcript with Virginia White, Virginia L. White and Janet Anderson
Oral history interview transcript with Ruth Williamson, Ruth G. Williamson and Meta Gibbs
Oral history interview with Minnie Wittenbach, Minnie Wittenbach and Elaine Laines