Preserving Woodward’s Squat Oral Histories and More

Historical picture in black and white of the Woodward's building looking north, with the North Shore mountains in the background.

The Woodward’s Department Store searchlight atop the tower circa 1938 with the North Shore mountains in the background. Photo from Vancouver Archives.

The Making Research Accessible initiative (MRAi) and organizations in the Downtown Eastside have been working together to preserve community materials in UBC’s open access repository and linking to them through the DTES Research Access Portal.

This includes materials like the extensive oral accounts of the historic Woodward’s Squat as well as zines, annual reports and even interactive maps. 

Learn more about why the preservation of community materials matters here on the UBC Learning Exchange website.

Or learn more about the Making Research Accessible project here.