Learn about local queer history from the folks who paved the way and help preserve their stories. This course introduces methods of collecting and preserving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer history. Our community partner is the Gay and Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest (GLAPN).
Students will do an oral history and help process an archival collection. Students will also learn about local queer history including the anti-gay ballot initiatives, early gay-rights groups and social groups.
Capstone goals are the following:
(1) To engage students in community involvement.
(2) To provide students with a meaningful service-learning opportunity.
(3) To further the mission of GLAPN by donating archive ready oral histories and other documents to the GLAPN collection.
Final product: Three hard copies of the transcription; one for GLAPN, one for the person the student interviewed, one copy for the instructor. Email the WORD file of the transcription to the instructor. Also, turn in one copy (on a disc) of the audio file of the interview for GLAPN. Give a five-minute presentation to GLAPN during the final class about your experience doing the oral history and what was learned. Depending on the person being interviewed and the topics you cover, the interview should last a minimum of one hour and a maximum of two hours. Students will work in pairs - two students interview one person. Students must transcribe the entire interview. It may take 5 to 8 hours to transcribe one hour of the interview. Once you have completed the transcription, have the person you interviewed review it and then make any necessary changes.