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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Re/Collecting Project Archive
    Dates: circa 1919 - 2002, 2012 - 2014
    Collection Number: MS0190
    Creator/Collector: Grace Yeh
    Extent: 1 LF, 1 document box, 493 GB
    Online items available
    Repository: California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo. Special Collections and Archives
    San Luis Obispo, California 93407
    Abstract: The Re/Collecting Project (Re/Co for short) is an "ethnic studies memory project of California's Central Coast." The project's aim is to digitally capture and make publicly accessible the rich history of the diverse - yet under-documented - communities of the region, which includes San Luis Obispo and northern Santa Barbara counties. To collect the materials that make up these histories, the project would organize "Re/Collecting Days," and make house calls, where the project team would invite families and individuals to recollect their stories as well as to participate in collecting their story materials (images, documents, mementos) for digital preservation and access.
    Language of Material: English


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    Preferred Citation

    Re/Collecting Project Archive. California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo. Special Collections and Archives

    Biography/Administrative History

    By the 1920s, the Central Coast, located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, emerged as a vibrant growing region after the establishment of the rail effectively brought it out of geographic and economic isolation. It became a part of the migrant labor trail, and towns like Pismo Beach, Lompoc, Guadalupe, and Santa Maria were economic—and social—hubs for agricultural workers who came from places like China, Mexico, Japan, Hawaii, and the Philippines. Even before this, the area was home to Chumash and Salinan Indians, who were displaced by Spanish conquerors. And like many places in the United States during the nineteenth century, the Central Coast saw the influx of European immigrants.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection contains digital oral history interviews (circa 2012-2014) conducted with members of under-documented Central Coast communities, as well as digitized photograph, documents, objects, and other materials that the interviewees and others contributed to the project (while retaining the original items). Transcripts, field notes, and indexes exist for many of the oral histories. The collection also includes one folder of physical documents and a box of original mini-DV tapes (from which many of the digital video files associated with the oral histories originated).

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