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Preliminary Guide to the Opportunities Industrialization Center Records
1966-1989



Manuscript Collection No.: 4055
Accession No.: 4055-001
Creator: Opportunities Industrialization Center (Seattle, Wash.) , creator
Title: Opportunities Industrialization Center records
Date Span: 1966-1989
Quantity: 18 linear feet plus one box
Languages: Collection materials are in English.




Historical Note

OIC Seattle (often refered to locally as "SOIC") was incorporated in May 1966 as a private, nonprofit community-based vocational training center. It was founded as an outgrowth of the OIC movement which had been started two years earlier in Philadelphia. In 1972, OIC Seattle became the first community-based organization to receive federal designation as a Skills Center. Its rapid growth and expanding programs made possible the building of a multi-million dollar training center dedicated in 1974. OIC Seattle's diversified funding and its accreditation saved the school from the financial collapse experienced at the beginning of the 1980s by many similar institutions, but it could not survive the federal government's rapid and drastic cutback of funding around 1983 and 1984. It attempted to continue its services by totally reorganizing its service delivery system. Efforts continued another two years but on September 25, 1986, a Chapter 11 bankruptcy notice was filed.

Scope and Content

Board minutes, 1970-1988; historical/organization features, brochures, financial records, reports, scrapbooks, photographs, films, videotapes, other record series, 1966-1989.

Restrictions on Access

Access to archival recordings: Due to the fragility of archival tape recordings, potential users may be required to arrange for transfer to digital format before the material can be accessed. Please contact Special Collections for further information.

Restrictions on Use

Literary rights of representatives of the records-creating organization transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Acquisition Info

Donated by Opportunities Industrialization Center, Seattle, 10/31/1989.

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Subject Terms

Personal Names:
Charles, John, creator.
Isaki, Paul, creator.
McKinney, Samuel B.--Archives, creator.
Williams, James L., creator.
Organizations:
Opportunities Industrialization Center (Seattle, Wash.)--Archives.
Last modified: February 14, 2013
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