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Collection Details


Collection Name: Women and Timber: The Pacific Northwest Logging Community, 1920-1998
Repository Name: Center for Columbia River History. Oral History Archive [Repository Details]
Repository Location: Vancouver, Washington, United States
URL: http://www.ccrh.org/oral/women&timber/oralhistories.htm
Material Formats: [14 documents with text]
Description: his project pursued the forgotten histories of the mothers, wives, sisters, and daughters of Pacific Northwest loggers from 1920 to 1997, primarily through oral history interviews. A dangerous, labor-intensive, and male-dominated occupation, logging was, until very recently, central to the Pacific Northwest's extractive-based economy and to what historian Carlos Schwantes, in his introduction to The Pacific Northwest, An Interpretive History, has criticized as a regional history limited by its preoccupation with heroic men engaged in heroic battles to tame or subdue nature. Consistent with Schwantes' characterization of Pacific Northwest historiography, most historical studies about logging focus on the logistics and lore of the logger and his occupation. Few scholars have turned their attention to the experiences of women affiliated with loggers through kinship and marriage. This project explores womens' roles as key participants in the development and maintenance of the logging community and culture that has, in many ways, helped define Pacific Northwest history.
Estimated Total of Interviews: 14
Interviews: [14 interview(s) listed in this collection]
Broad Subjects: Women's Studies; Industry and Labor; Economics
ASP Subjects: Forests and forestry; Loggers' spouses; Loggers--Northwest, Pacific; Logging--Northwest, Pacific; Logging--Vocational guidance; Lumber camps; Lumber trade; Oral history; Oregon; Pacific Northwest; United States; Women; Women employees; Women loggers--Northwest, Pacific; Work environment
Collection Code: OHC0002924