Transcript. History of "It's My Pleasure", a bookstore and lending library for women, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people. She discusses how the place evolved from it's original incarnation in the early 1990s to what was at the time of the interview, in 2000.
Transcript. Ann Mussey talks about moving to Portland, Oregon in 1971 and living in a lesbian collective in Southeast Portland, called Red Emma. She also discusses the lesbian community in the Portland area, including other collectives, businesses and women's health clinics.
Transcript. Frodo talks about her life as a lesbian, in the late 1960s onward. She discusses her gender identity as a child, dealing with her sexuality as a teen, how she got her name and what the Lord of the Rings meant to her, starting the Portland Chapter of the Tolkien Society of America, and her spirituality as a Wiccan and member of the MCC (Metropolitan Community Church).
Transcript. Susie talks about coming out as a lesbian in the early 1970s, lobbying the Oregon State Legislature on gay rights with the Portland Town Council, gay rights nationally, alcoholism and Alcoholics Anonymous, and the Leather community.
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.
Transcript. Clark discusses family heritage, education, and career beginnings in the criminal justice system; experiences as Multnomah County sheriff; campaign for the Multnomah County Commission; modernization of county government in Oregon; Mt. Hood freeway and regional transportation planning, Burnside Consortium, Columbia Villa, single-payer health care, and numerous other subjects of policy and politics of city and county in the 1960s, 1970s, and early 1980s.
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.
Transcript. Bertha "Grandma" Holt talks about the people, places and events in her life: husband, children, living in the Midwest, Great Depression, farm life, move to Oregon, logging, sawmills, her interest in orphan children from Korea and the creation of Holt International Children's Services etc.
Transcript. A model life history including: Swedes in Oregon; intergenerational family relations; retail business in three generations; personal spiritual conversion (Presbyterian); military service as pilot in World War II, Pacific theatre; postwar experience in Japan; Helmer clothing store, fortunes through recession of early 1980s. This is one of the series of brief (one-session), volunteered oral histories accompanying the OHS World War II exhibit.
Transcript. A panel discussion moderated by Melody Rose. Gretchen Kafoury, Vera Katz, Norma Paulus, and Betty Roberts discuss the womens' movement in addition to their experiences in the Oregon State legislature in the 1970s and 1980s.
Transcript. Vera Katz discusses her early life and education, and later political career through 1982. Her family immigrated to the United States during world War II and she grew up in New York, where she became involved in Modern Dance, studying under Martha Graham. After moving to Portland to support her husband's art career, she became involved in local politics, ultimately becoming a State Representative in 1973, where she was a part of the 1973 Women's Caucus, which passed many landmark pieces of legislation. She also discusses her plans for the future.
Manuscript for a Pacific Monthly article (March 1906) in which William Finley describes his observations of a family of yellowthroats. He discusses the thrill of the hunt when it comes to capturing images of birds.
Manuscript in which William L. Finley observes a bush-tit's nest and the family that occupies it. Provides field observations and colorful descriptions of the family of birds. Also included are Finley's handwritten notes.
Manuscript in which William L. Finley points out the importance of knowing two flocks of birds of blue: bluebirds and blue jays. He lists his observations and assertions that knowing wild birds can improve any child's life.