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What is the Living History Project?

The Living History Project is a branch of Associated Students that tracks, archives, and narrates the history of student activism at UCSB.  It traces the origins of organizations such as BSU, El Congreso, A.S. Queer Commission, Associated Students, etc. and outlines how they were developed and integrated into our community.  This project shifts the historical point of view towards the students and shows how they enacted change on and off campus.  The Living History Project amplifies the voices of the students in the face of corruption, injustice, and inequity and will continue to serve as a platform as current social and political issues arise.

Above image: The North Hall Takeover

Origin

Origin

The Living History Project began back in 2012 with a different intent in mind.  Marisela Marquez, AS Executive Director, and Mahader Tesfai, the project lead, developed the initial tools and methodology for the Living History Project with the intention of presenting student movement history at UCSB in a nonlinear fashion.  Continue reading here.

Above image: Bank of America Burning

Research

Research

Sift through old newspapers, articles, meeting notes, and archived photographs using UCSB’s Special Collections Research. Take advantage of the Alexandria Digital Research Library and gain access to thousands of historical records, interviews, and photographs that provide a living historical connection to the past.


Signing up is simple and allows you to request archived files from Special Collections for papers, projects, clubs, or personal enjoyment!

Above Image: Vietnam War Protests

Contact Us

Above Image: Graduate Student Organizing Timeline

Email: livinghistory@as.ucsb.edu

Social Media: @ucsblhp

                                                                                                  

Be sure to follow our social media platforms for #HistoricalHighlights and pop-up events around campus!

If you have any information regarding the history of student activism at UCSB/Isla Vista, send us what you know!  Include any old flyers, posters, or documents you can get your hands on and send us a message.

If you are a BCU/organization that would like to collaborate, request research, or submit content, send us a message!

Want to get Involved?

View all open AS positions at the COC site