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Oral history interviews with Nadyne Yoneko Dozono (Transcript)

Transcript. Dozono discusses her early life in Portland, Oregon. She recounts her extended stay in Japan, her arranged Japanese marriage, and rural life and culture in Japan before and during the war. She also describes her family's experience in the United States living in Japanese relocation camps and details her family's life after the war and the challenges of readjusting to American society after living in Japan for 22 years.

Dozono, Yoneko

Official Ballot for Precinct No. 1, Multnomah County, Oregon, November 5, 1912

Official Ballot for Precinct No. 1, Multnomah County, Oregon, November 5, 1912. The ballot includes candidates for national, state, and local offices as well as a number of state and local ballot initiatives. Most notable among them, an initiative petition for an equal suffrage amendment to extend the right of suffrage in the state of Oregon to Women.

Oregon. Elections Division

“Innocent Fun or Social Shame?”

The Urban League of Portland provided this explanation against staging minstrel shows and blackface in schools. It was published in the Oregon Education Journal, c.1950. Edwin “Bill” Berry, who would later become the Executive Director of the Chicago Urban League, included a note addressing the teachers and principals who were “deeply hurt when the matter is discussed with them.” The goal of the essay, Berry wrote, was to educate as many teachers as possible so that the League’s “efforts will be preventative rather than remedial.”

Urban League of Portland (Portland, Or.)

Flyer for MLK Portland visit

The first page of the Urban League of Portland News Roundup newsletter, dated October 1961, announcing Dr. Martin Luther King’s visit to Portland on November 8, 1961, invited people to attend his speech at the Civic Auditorium (now the Keller) and to make a small donation to pay for his travel expenses. King was invited by the Urban League to participate in the Annual Equal Opportunity Day, which is still held every year.

Urban League of Portland (Portland, Or.)

The Case Against the Administration of the Housing Authority of Portland

A report produced by the Portland chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in the fall of 1963. It lists grievances connected to racial discrimination, ethical violations, and general mismanagement at the Housing Authority of Portland.

Webb, Mayfield K.

Oral history interview with Emil Feltz, by Jim Poplack [Transcript]

Transcript. Emil Feltz discusses his childhood in the Brooklyn Neighborhood. He was born in 1900 in Portland Heights, where his father worked for the Portland Traction company. In 1909, his family was convinced to move to the Brooklyn area by Father Gregory of the Sacred Heart Church, and Feltz spent most of the rest of his life there. He talks about how his father helped build Oaks Park, how he and his friends would ice skate in Oaks Bottom in the winter, and swim to Ross Island in the summer. He also talks about how the neighborhood has changed during the period of 1909 to 1976, and his thoughts on the future of the neighborhood.

Feltz, Emil, 1900-1982

Oral history interview with Cindy Cumfer, by Erik Funkhouser and Tim Aguirre [Transcript]

Transcript. Cindy Cumfer discusses her involvement with the lesbian and women's communities in Portland, Oregon; her work as a civil rights attorney, particularly in the area of lesbian adoption; the AIDS epidemic and how it bridge the divide between the gay and lesbian communities; and her involvement with the Unitarian Universalist Church.

Cumfer, Cynthia

Oral history interview with Linda Rae Besant, by Emma Bagley and Emily Kahnert [Transcript]

Transcript. Besant discusses her involvement in the earliest incarnation of the vocal group The Dyketones; coming out in her early thirties (to herself & to her family); her commitment to Women In the Wilderness (aka Keep Listening); her life with her partner, Marcia; and the community at the Mountain Moving Cafe in the 1980s.

Besant, Linda

Oral history interviews with Norm Costa (Transcript)

Transcript. Norm Costa has lived in the Portland metro area since 1958. He transitioned from an engineering career to running his own beauty salon in Lake Oswego for several years during the 1960's. More recently, Costa has worked for decades as a gay rights activist, mostly working with local health departments on HIV prevention efforts. This interview describes many aspects of the gay experience in Portland over the course of those years, including his experience with politics and activism, personal experiences, gay-oriented clubs and businesses over the years, and the spread of the HIV virus in the early 1980's.

Costa, Norm

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