The Everett Public Library oral history collection began in 1974. The purpose was to preserve the memories of dozens of local senior citizens. Many of the original interviews in this collection captured the voices of individuals who arrived in Everett's earliest days. Their recollections are a remarkable connection to the formative years of the Everett community.
This digital collection includes a portion of the library's entire oral history collection. New recordings will be added regularly as they are digitized. Listen to the eclectic voices and experiences of detectives, circus performers, athletes, teachers, business and civic leaders, and other individuals who helped shape Everett's identity.
Topics include: President Taft's visit; the Everett Massacre; Al Jolson's show at the Everett Theater; the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition; bootlegging and the Prohibition; banking and finance; memories of local businesses; the Big Snow; sawmills; mines and mining; sports; music; and emigration to Everett.