Digitizing the Oregon Story: Creating Access to Significant Legal and Political Oral Histories

The Digitizing the Oregon Story project will create broad access to over 212 Oral History interviews of significant Legal and Political figures, originally created on analog audio and video tapes. Digitization will significantly expand access to unique primary source documentation of Oregon politics, law, and government on local, county, state, federal and international levels. The interviews comprise over 1800 hours of recorded sound and video, spanning from 1958 to 2011. Interviewees include lawmakers, judges, and government officials, with a wide variety of perspectives and insights.

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List of Interviews includes:

  • Frank Bauman - Lawyer, United Nations senior officer to Australasia (1971-1979)
  • Harry D. Boivin - Oregon House of Representatives (1935-1942), House Speaker (1937), Oregon State Senate (1955-1972), Senate President (1961, 1966)
  • Maribel Cadmus - Secretary to the Chief Clerk of the Oregon State Senate (1955), Oregon State Senate Secretary (1957-1987)
  • Windsor Calkins - Lane County Bar Association President (1940-1944), Senior Advisory Board Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (1985-1989)
  • Vern Cook - Oregon House of Representatives (1957-1960), Oregon State Senate (1961-1980)
  • William L. Dickson - Oregon House of Representatives (1933-1936), Oregon State Senate (1937-1939), U.S. Department of Justice, Circuit Court of the State of Oregon (1954-1973)
  • Cecil Edwards - Secretary for the Oregon Legislature (1933), Chief Clerk Oregon House of Representatives (1963), Secretary of the Oregon Senate (1965-1975), Legislative Historian (1975-1993)
  • Alfred Goodwin - Oregon Circuit Court for Lane County (1955-1960), Oregon State Supreme Court (1960-1969), U.S. District Court (1969-1971), Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (1971-1991) Chief Justice (1988-1991)
  • Barbara Hanneman - Offices of Oregon Legislature and Governor (1955-1983), Executive Secretary for Ed Fadeley (1984
  • Stafford Hansell - Oregon House of Representatives (1957-1974)
  • Bill Hedlund - Oregon House of Representatives (1941-1942), U.S. Attorney (1942-1944), Oregon Liquor Control Commission (1979-1988)
  • Ken Jernstedt - Oregon House of Representatives (1967-1968), Oregon State Senate (1969-1984)
  • Becky Johnson - Oregon State Board of Higher Education, Teachers Standards and Practices Commission
  • Irvin Luiten - Lobbyist - Weyerhaeuser Company (1953-1978)
  • Tom McCall - Oregon Secretary of State (1965-1967), Governor of Oregon (1967-1975)
  • Connie McCready - Oregon House of Representatives (1967-1969), Portland City Council (1970-1980), Mayor of Portland (1979-1980)
  • Thomas Mercer - Politician
  • Fred Miller - Oregon Department of Transportation Special Assistant to the Director (1973-1976), Director of the Oregon Department of Energy (1976-1979), Oregon Department of Transportation Assistant Director (1979-1982), Director of the Oregon Department of Transportation (1982-1987)
  • Wayne Morse - United States Senator (1945-1968)
  • Owen Panner - Oregon State Bar Association Vice President (1961-1963), Oregon Judicial Reform Commission (1971-1974), U.S. District Court (1980-2018); Chief Justice U.S. District Court (1984-1990)
  • Owen Panner - Oregon State Bar Association Vice President (1961-1963), Oregon Judicial Reform Commission (1971-1974), U.S. District Court (1980-2018); Chief Justice U.S. District Court (1984-1990)
  • Norma Paulus - Oregon House of Representatives (1970-1976), Oregon Secretary of State (1977-1985), Northwest Power Planning Council (1987-1990)
  • Russell Peyton - Urban League, Oregon State Bureau of Labor and Industries Civil Rights Division, Joint Council for Social Welfare, Metropolitan Human Relations Commission
  • Debbs Potts - Mayor Grants Pass (1958-1961), Oregon State Senate (1961-1971984), Senate President (1967-1970), Oregon Lottery Commission (1985-2003)
  • James Redden - Oregon House of Representatives (1962-1969), Public Employee Relations Board Chairman (1970-1972), Oregon State Treasurer (1973-1976), Oregon State Attorney General (1977-1980), U.S. District Court Judge (1980- ); Chief Justice U.S. District Court (1990-1995)
  • Betty Roberts - Oregon House of Representatives (1964-1968), Oregon State Senate (1968-1976), Oregon Court of Appeals Judge (1977-1982), Oregon Supreme Court Justice (1982-1986)
  • Charles Sprague - Governor of Oregon (1939-1943)
  • Donal Sullivan - Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney (1960), Assistant Attorney General (1960-1962), Assistant U.S. Attorney (1962-1965), U.S. District Court of Oregon Clerk (1965-1969), Bankruptcy Judge (1979-1999)
  • Monroe Sweetland - Oregon House of Representatives (1953), Oregon State Senate (1955-1962)
  • Charles Wright - Attorney, Federal Securities and Exchange Commission

We will be adding to this list as more interviews become available.


This project is supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Oregon State Library.

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