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Register of the Routt Tokay High School Local History Collection, 1989-1995
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Description
The Routt Collection contains local histories by Tokay High School (Lodi, Calif.) students together with audio tapes of interviews with source persons which formed part of the basis for the student papers (1989-1995). Subject matter ranges from general topics like "juvenile delinquency" to very specific ones such as "The Lodi Muslim Mosque." The bulk of the essays and interview tapes focus on San Joaquin County where Tokay High School is located.
Background
Steve Routt (b. 1943) has taught English at Tokay High School (Lodi, California) since 1982. Routt, a fourth generation Californian with a considerable interest in the history of his native state, holds a Master of Arts in Education from California State University, Chico. In about 1987 someone gave Mr. Routt a copy of Eliot Wigginton's Sometimes a Shining Moment: The Foxfire Experience (1972). This book, which chronicles Georgia English teacher Wigginton's efforts to involve his students in writing by interviewing locals and chronicling the life and history of their region, inspired Steve Routt to create an Oral History Project at Tokay High School.
Availability
Collection is open for research.