'Stories to Tell' Oral History Project

Nine faces of the people who shared their stories for this project, some faces are smiling while others are talking, overlaid on a light blue background..

“Stories to Tell Oral History Project: A South Asian Perspective on COVID-19,” is a collection of ten oral histories documenting South Asian experiences during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. South Asian voices and history are too frequently underrepresented or absent from the historical record, and in July and August of 2020, Dr. Dharitri Bhattacharjee, South Asian and Indian Ocean historian in WWU’s History Department, conducted a series of interviews which invited, documented, and shared a wide range of perspectives including rich conversations with students, essential workers, community leaders, academics and members of the business community. Western Libraries Archives & Special Collections is honored to provide stewardship of these interviews, and the original recordings are housed at the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies where they will be preserved and available for future generations. The collection is described in this detailed guide and digitized copies of unrestricted interviews can be viewed online in WWU’s MABEL platform.