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“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.)

Zolo Abregon?, boxer

Portrait of a man posing with his fists up. He is standing on a rooftop or balcony and is wearing boxing shorts and shoes. The text “Abrogon” is handwritten on the negative and is faintly visible on the left side of the image. The boxer’s name may be misspelled on the negative; he may be Zolo Abregon.

Zolo Abregon?, boxer

Portrait of a man photographed on what may be a rooftop or balcony. The text “Abrogon” is handwritten on the negative and is visible on the right side of the image.The boxer’s name may be misspelled on the negative; he may be Zolo Abregon.

Yōsuke Matsuoka with group at grave of Isabelle Dunbar Beveridge

Photograph showing Japanese diplomat Yōsuke Matsuoka (second from right) standing in a row with four other people at the grave of Isabelle Dunbar Beveridge at Lone Fir Cemetery in Portland on Sunday, April 9, 1933. Standing on either side of Matsuoka are two of Beveridge’s relatives, Jean Dunbar McIntyre (center) and James S. Dunbar (right). The man and woman at left are unidentified. Matsuoka, who had lived with Beveridge in Portland during his youth, provided the granite marker shown in this photograph and placed it at Beveridge’s gravesite during a brief visit in April 1933. Matsuoka, leader of the Japanese delegation to the League of Nations, stopped in Portland on his way back to Japan after his delegation’s withdrawal from the league in February 1933. A related photograph, image No. 371N0218, and a story about Matsuoka’s tribute to Beveridge were published on Page 16 of the Oregon Journal on Monday, April 10, 1933. The story, headlined “Nippon Leader Pays Honor to Benefactress,” reported that Matsuoka first arrived in Portland in 1893, at age 13, and was living in a Methodist Church dormitory when he met Beveridge, who took him into her home. See related image Nos. 371N0219, 371N0221, and 371N3037. Also see image Nos. 371N1641 and 371N1642, taken earlier in Matsuoka’s visit.

Yōsuke Matsuoka laying flowers at grave of Isabelle Dunbar Beveridge

Photograph showing Japanese diplomat Yōsuke Matsuoka laying flowers at the grave of Isabelle Dunbar Beveridge at Lone Fir Cemetery in Portland on Sunday, April 9, 1933. The grave marker reads: “Isabelle Dunbar Beveridge / Born 1843 / Died Oct. 5, 1906 / Born in Scotland.” Matsuoka, who had lived with Beveridge in Portland during his youth, provided the granite marker shown in this photograph and placed it at Beveridge's grave site during a brief visit in April 1933. Matsuoka, leader of the Japanese delegation to the League of Nations, stopped in Portland on his way back to Japan after his delegation’s withdrawal from the league in February 1933. A cropped version of this photograph was published on Page 16 of the Oregon Journal on Monday, April 10, 1933, under the headline “Honors Friend’s Memory.” The photograph had the following caption: “Yosuke Matsuoka, chief of the Japanese delegation to the League of Nations and Portland visitor, places wreath on the grave of Mrs. Isabelle Dunbar Beveridge, his benefactress when he came to Portland as a poor boy of 13. He previously had unveiled a grave marker.” The photograph accompanied a story headlined “Nippon Leader Pays Honor to Benefactress.” The story reported that Matsuoka first arrived in Portland in 1893, at age 13, and was living in a Methodist Church dormitory when he met Beveridge, who took him into her home. See related image Nos. 371N0219, 371N0220, 371N0221, and 371N3037. Also see image Nos. 371N1641 and 371N1642, taken earlier in Matsuoka's visit.

Yōsuke Matsuoka after arrival at Union Station, Portland?

Photograph showing Yōsuke Matsuoka standing next to a train car on Friday, April 7, 1933, probably at Union Station after his arrival in Portland. Matsuoka, who had led the Japanese delegation to the League of Nations, was on his way back to Japan from Geneva following his delegation’s withdrawal from the league in February 1933. A related image, No. 371N1641, and a story about his arrival were published on Page 1 of the Oregon Journal on April 7, 1933. The story, headlined “Matsuoka Comes Back As Diplomat,” reported that in his youth, Matsuoka had lived in Portland twice; he first arrived in 1893 and later attended the University of Oregon Law School. Also see image Nos. 371N0218, 371N0219, 371N0220, 371N0221, and 371N3037, taken later in Matsuoka’s visit to Portland. Image note: The name “Matsuoka” is written on the negative and is visible on the right side of the image.

Yōsuke Matsuoka after arrival at Union Station, Portland

Photograph showing Yōsuke Matsuoka outside Union Station after he arrived in Portland on Friday, April 7, 1933. Matsuoka, who had led the Japanese delegation to the League of Nations, was on his way back to Japan from Geneva following his delegation’s withdrawal from the league in February 1933. A cropped version of this photograph and a story about his arrival were published on Page 1 of the Oregon Journal on April 7, 1933. The story, headlined “Matsuoka Comes Back As Diplomat,” reported that in his youth, Matsuoka had lived in Portland twice; he first arrived in 1893 and later attended the University of Oregon Law School. This photograph was one of three that accompanied the story. The photographs were published under the headline “Portland’s Japanese School Boy of 1893.” This photograph had the following caption: “Yosuke Matsuoka, 37 years after he graduated from Atkinson grade school.” See related image No. 371N1642. Also see image Nos. 371N0218, 371N0219, 371N0220, 371N0221, and 371N3037, taken later in Matsuoka’s visit to Portland. Image note: The name “Matsauko [sic] is written on the negative and is visible on the left side of the image.

Youth orchestra

Group portrait of unidentified children wearing light-colored clothing and holding violins. A woman holding a conductor’s baton is standing at the far left end of the top row.

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