Civil Rights and Labor History Consortium / University of Washington

About the Project

This is one of Dorothea Lange's photographs of migrant workers and rural poverty in the Yakima Valley. Click to see the full collection. Courtesy Library of Congress, Photographs Division, FSA-OWI Collection
The Great Depression in Washington State Project is a multimedia web project based at the University of Washington. It represents a collaboration between faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and community members. Funding for the project has been generously provided by the Simpson Center for the Humanities and the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies at the University of Washington. This site is part of the Civil Rights and Labor History Consortium of public history projects based at the University of Washington and directed by Prof. James Gregory.

The Project provides an accessible and teachable resource for exploring the vast changes in Washington State during the Great Depression. It also encourages us to think about the relationship between past and current economic crises and the opportunities for history making that can follow.

The Great Depression in Washington State Project involves a series of undergraduate courses in the History Department, in which students generate the research reports available here, along with companion classes in the School of Drama where students prepared readings of two Depression-era plays which were performed February 18-28, 2010.


"Comparing the Great Depression in Washington to the COVID-19 crisis/" by Feliks Banel. MyNorthwest / KIRO Radio, May 13, 2020.

"UW Project Explores Great Depression's Impact on State," by Sanjay Bhatt. Seattle Times, February 20, 2010.

"The Great Depression in Washington State: Lessons and the Current Recession" KUOW Radio, February 18, 2010. (Listen to the one hour interview program with James Gregory, Mark Jenkins, Monique Robinson, Trevor Marsten)

"Delving in the Depression" by Gracie Ingermanson. UW Daily, February 5, 2010

"UW Students Recreate Story of Great Depression that Transformed Washington" by Joel Schwarz. University Week, February 4, 2010

"The Great Depression-On the Web, On the Stage" A&S Perspectives, University of Washington

"Taking Clues from the Past" Interview with James Gregory, by Shannan Lenke Stoll, Real Change News, May 14, 2009

Project Directors:

James Gregory, Mark Jenkins, Sarah Nash Gates

Project Coordinator:

Jessie Kindig

Theatre Arts Section Coordinator:

Sarah Guthu

Visual Arts Section Coordinator:

Eleanor Mahoney

Associate Editors:

Eleanor Mahoney, Steve Beda, Trevor Griffey, Daren Salter

Undergraduate Assistant:

Patrick Kelly

Web Architect:

Peter Leonard



Ashleen Aguilar | Paul Brinkley | Michael Branscum | Rachelle  Byarlay | Skyler Cuthill | Nicole Dade | Magic Demirel | Mike DiBernardo | Kristin Ebeling | Katherine Edwards | Andie Erhart | Taylor Easley | Stephanie Fajardo | Kaegan Faltys-Burr | Nicolette Flannery | Seth Goodkind | Nick Hamblet | Caitlyn Hamilton | Matthew Hansen | Brian Harris | Amanda Higgins | Crystal Hoffer | Eunice How | Yifeng Hua | Robert Huffaker | Andrea Kaufman | Roxana Johnson | Zachary Keeler | Summer Kelly | Amanda Kirk | Andrew Knudsen | Chris Kwon | Allison Lamb | Sarah Lawrence | Raevynn Leach | Eunji Lee | Jeffrey Lehman | Brandon Letsinger | Emma Lunec | Yukio Maeda | Nick Manos | Drew May | Joe McArdle | Christian McClung | Devon Mills | Annie Morro | Dustin Neighly | Jenica Nixon | Kiyomi Nunez | Claire Palay | David Pervere | Elizabeth Poole | Drew Powers | Catherine Roth  | Kyle Poss | Nathan Riding | Matthew Rubright | Kayta Katherine Samuels | Mary Selby | Sundeep Singh Sidhu | Joey Smith | Corinne Strandjord | Nicholas Taylor | Selena Voelker | Annie Walsh | Barry Witham | Stephanie Whitney | Anna Wong | Emily Yoshiwara

Thank you also to the students of HSTAA 353 (Spring and Fall, 2009); HSTAA 105 (Winter 2009 and Winter 2010); HIST 498B (Winter 2010)


Everything on this site is protected by the copyright laws of the United States and the Universal Copyright Convention. Photos, drawings, documents, maps, timelines, reports, and articles are the property of the donors and authors and may not be reproduced. Introductory writings and other materials are the property of the Great Depression in Washington State Project and may not be reproduced without the written permission of the director(s) of the Great Depression in Washington State Project. If any copyright owner objects to the use of any work appearing in these pages, notify us and we will promptly remove it.


Nothing on this site may be reproduced without the written permission of the director(s) or project coordinator of the Great Depression in Washington State Project. This is an educational, non-commercial site. All materials on these pages (including all texts, images, descriptions, etc.) are for the personal and educational use of students, scholars, and the public. Any commercial use or publication of them without authorization is strictly prohibited.

Teachers and students are granted permission to print materials from this site for classroom use provided that the Great Depression in Washington State Project is properly credited.

Citing these pages:

Anything quoted from this site must credit "The Great Depression in Washington State Project," as well as the author, title, and web address. We have also made research reports compatible with Zotero. Here is the recommended citation form:

Author if available, article or page title, The Great Depression in Washington State Project. Retrieved (date you retrieved the information) from (add the complete URL for the specific page).

c/o Professor James Gregory
History Department
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-3560