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Local history materials pertaining to Tuolumne and Calaveras counties and Columbia College. 

Oral History Series

The core interviews in the Oral History Series were originally recorded between 1949 and 1992, primarily through the Introduction to Oral History course taught at the college by history professor Richard L. Dyer. Through the generous support of the Wise Family Charitable Trust and the Columbia College Foundation a digitization and transcription effort began in 2007 to preserve the collection and make it available to a wider audience. 

Historical Photos

Digitized photos from the College College Library collection, including early Columbia and the construction of Columbia College.

Tuolumne Veterans History Project

The Tuolumne Veterans History Project website contains the stories of more than 60 World War II veterans, all of whom live or lived in Tuolumne County, California.

This effort was started in 2010 by personal historian Deanna Dechaine-Maurer, then a writer for Friends and Neighbors Magazine. Deanna wanted to make sure more veterans’ stories were recorded and saved for future generations, and gathered a group of energetic and talented volunteers to make that happen.

The organization in late 2016 completed its mission, thanks to the hard work of two dozen volunteers and a board of directors. In the near future the content will be migrated to the Columbia College website for permanent preservation. 

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