Central Washington University Retirement Association (CWURA), Living History Project, 1995-2012

Overview of the Collection

Central Washington University Retirement Association
Central Washington University Retirement Association (CWURA), Living History Project
1995-2012 (inclusive)
7.5 cubic feet, (15 video boxes)  :  Transcripts, video tapes, and audio tapes in good condition
Collection Number
This collection primarily contains oral histories and transcripts of interviews conducted with former faculty and staff of Central Washington University.
Central Washington University, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Central Washington University
400 E University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926
Telephone: 509-963-1023
Fax: 509-963-3684
Access Restrictions

Open to the public for educational research. Additionally, many interview transcripts are available online.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Central Washington University Retirement Association (CWURA) was founded in 1990 “to facilitate the mission and goals of the University and provide for continuing professional, educational and social activities of retired University personnel.” Membership in the organization requires that a person must be a retiree of Central Washington University (or its predecessors), a former Board of Trustees member, or friends interested in furthering the goals of CWURA. CWURA began the living history project in 1995, and continues to add oral histories of retired faculty and staff.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection features interviews with Central Washington University alumni and Board of Trustees members. Also included are some written reminiscences and other textual materials. This is an open collection and new interviews will continue to be added to the collection. The interviews generally answer the same set of questions concerning the interviewees’ background, education and then their experiences at Central. The questions include their experiences in their respective departments, questions concerning “town/gown” relations, relations between administration and faculty, academic freedom and any memorable experiences.

Historical BackgroundReturn to Top

Central Washington University began as the Washington State Normal School in 1891. In 1937, the school was rechristened the Central Washington College of Education. In 1961, the school became Central Washington State College and, finally, in 1977, Central Washington University.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Name of document or photograph number]. RG039-05-78, Central Washington University Retirement Association (CWURA), Living History Project. Archives and Special Collections, Brooks Library, Central Washington University.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Alphabetical by surname.

When available, transcriptions are linked below. Some transcriptions are not available, either because they were not created--sometimes due to poor tape quality--or because the interviewee did not release the interview for public viewing. Please consult the CWU Archives for more information about transcriptions that are not linked.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Transcribed Oral HistoriesReturn to Top


Oral Histories, Without Transcription or PermissionsReturn to Top

Bach, Frank
Bicchieri, Marco
Black, Donald, Education Department
Brown, Lois
Burt, David
Byrd, Ross
Canedo, Anthony
Carmody, James, Student
Chaplin, Gwen, Board of Trustees
Crum, Wes
Davies, Dorothy (Black), Student and Daughter of President Black
Davis, Patricia
Denman, Anne
Denman, Clayton C.
Eberhart, U.A.
Franz, Wolfgang
Greenwood, Harriet
Haight, Dodie
Hebeler, Amanda
Heimbeck, Raeburne
Hertz, Wayne, Music Department
Highsmith, Richard
Irish, Everett
Janke, John
Jensen, Carl
Jongeward, Donald, Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds, Purchasing Agent
Kaufman, David
Kohler, Barbara, Student
Lundy, David A.
MacLennan (McClennan), Margaret, Student
Madsen, Edna
Martin, Carlos
McIntyre, Jerilyn S.
Mettler, Fern
O'Dell, Elwyn, Political Science Department
Pearson, John
Peters, Lucille, Student
Purcell, Jack
Ringe, Don
Ross, G. Russell
Samuelson, E. E., Education Department
Sharpe, Lana Jo
Sharpe, Larry
Skeen, Duane
Speth, Connie
Sydow, Ruth, Library Assistant
Thompson, Ann
Treadwell, Alva, Business Department
Tolin, Philip
Van Tassel, Wes
Williams, Harold, Social Sciences Department
Wise, Helen
Wohlers, Jean E.
Wolfsehr, Trudy
Yee, Alice Low

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Central Washington University--Alumni and alumnae
  • Central Washington University--History
  • Interviews

Geographical Names

  • Ellensburg (Wash.)

Other Creators

  • Corporate Names
    • Central Washington University Retirement Association (creator)