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About this collection

The Washington Prison History Project Archive aims to provide researchers, policy-makers, students, and others with primary sources into the history and ongoing reality of mass incarceration in Washington state and the broader Northwest. It provides documentary evidence of the robust civil society that exists within the state’s prisons and detention centers, as well as the complex linkages between prisoner organizing and the diverse communities that incarcerated people come from, return to, or are otherwise connected with. The archive gathers documents of and testimonials by incarcerated people about issues ranging from criminal justice and the urban condition to popular culture and the natural world. 

The Washington Prison History Project Archive aims to provide a fuller, public accounting of the human magnitude of mass incarceration in the region as part of understanding its effects across the nation. The project emphasizes currently and formerly incarcerated people, who are rarely considered as political actors or constituencies. Yet prisons house several longstanding organizations that emphasize peer education, personal transformation, and community justice. The archive highlights their voices and experiences as a way to assess the history and consequences of mass incarceration in the Northwest.

 

Visit the Washington Prison History Project site for project highlights and related scholarship.  


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Oral Histories and Interviews

Mark Cook and Ed Mead, 2012

Surin Lay, 2016

Ed Mead, 2016

George Jackson Brigade Members, 2018

 

Prisoner Publications

The Abolitionist

Anarchist Black Dragon

Chill Factor

Gay Community News

Northwest Passage

Portland Scribe

Prison Focus

Prison Legal News

Red Dragon

Rock! Working to Extend Democracy to All

Sunfighter

United Families and Friends of Prisoners

Washington Prison News Service

 

Personal Papers

Ed Mead [View all]

 

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Founding Contributors

The Washington Prison History Project Archive was founded in 2017 as a collaborative digital scholarship project between Dan Berger, University of Washington Bothell IAS Associate Professor, and the University of Washington Bothell/Cascadia College Library. Please contact any of the below founding contributors if you have questions about the Archive or would like to donate or participate. 

Dan Berger, Associate Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Washington Bothell

Dani Rowland, American & Ethnic Studies Librarian, FYE Coordinator, University of Washington Bothell/Cascadia College Library

Denise Hattwig, Head of Digital Scholarship + Collections, University of Washington Bothell/Cascadia College Library

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Preferred Citation

Please note that online tools often do not generate accurate citations for digital archives. Please see the Purdue OWL guide to citing Digital Archives Materials: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/988/07/.

Citation for the Archive

Washington Prison History Project Archive. University of Washington Bothell/Cascadia College Library, University of Washington Libraries, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. http://diglib.uwb.edu/wphp.

Citation for Items in the Archive

[Creator]. [Title]. [Date]. Washington Prison History Project Archive. University of Washington Bothell/Cascadia College Library, University of Washington Libraries, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. http://diglib.uwb.edu/wphp.

 
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