Mountains and Mountaineering in the Pacific Northwest


Mountain Rescue Association Oral History Project

The MRA oral history project endeavors to capture the stories of MRA members and their experiences and contributions to mountain rescue. The project is coordinated by the University of Washington Libraries Special Collections and the Mountain Rescue Association. MRA members are encouraged to participate by taking time to interview members whose stories preserve the history of the MRA since its founding in 1959. Recorded interviews will be archived in the Mountain Rescue Association records, which are part of the Pacific Northwest Collection at the University of Washington Libraries Special Collections. Recorded interviews will be made available online in Digital Collections.

Processed interviews
John Arnold
John Arnold
Rodger Beckett
Rodger Beckett
Charles Eichenberger
Charles Eichenberger
Rocky Henderson
Rocky Henderson



  • Complete the life history form, interview cover sheet and oral history release form in advance to familiarize yourself with the person you are interviewing. (Download forms as PDF).  You will send the forms along with the recording to Special Collections or to the MRA History Committee.
  • Choose a location and environment suitable to conduct an uninterrupted recorded conversation.
  • Prepare some questions for the interview to help the move the conversation along.  
  • Choose recording equipment that you are comfortable using. 
  • Review the Oral History Association's Principles and Best Practices for Oral Histories
  • After the interview contact the Pacific Northwest Curator ( at UW Special Collections to donate the recorded interview and the three interview forms.


Guide to the Mountain Rescue Association records
Digitized MRA resources in Special Collections

To find MRA documents in the collection below, search for "Mountain Rescue Association"
University of Washington Library Catalog


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