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About the IRIS Collections

The collections housed here are intended to provide users with context that can fuel effective collaboration, a fundamental key to fostering healthy sustainable communities. All together the reports, curricula, oral histories, and success stories have been developed and gathered with the help of many organizations and individuals across the region. Providing access to them is a collaborative effort of the North Central Washington Library, the Washington State Library Rural Heritage Program, and IRIS.  

Users can search the combined collections via categories, projects, counties, towns, as well as people and place names, e.g., Mary O’Brien, Waterville Plateau. Examples of how to use the collection for community study groups, research projects, and classroom activities are included in the Thinking Like a Community Handbook.   

This archive has been designed to grow over time as we add more content, review and complete oral history transcripts, and bring in digital content from other organizations. To learn how you can help gather stories, transcribe or edit interview transcripts, contribute photos, contribute curricula, or help in other ways please look for the Help Wanted button throughout the collections or visit the Get Involved page at www.irisncw.org

For more information:

IRIS Collections – Nancy Warner, nancy@irisncw.org or Chad Roseburg, chad@irisncw.org

NCW Library – Barbara Walters, bwalters@ncwlibraries.org

State Library Rural Heritage Program – Evan Robb, evan.robb@sos.wa.gov