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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.)

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.

Young women with cow or steer in barn

Photograph of two unidentified young women in a barn, standing on either side of a cow or steer. The woman on the right is holding the animal’s lead rope. Pinned to her jacket is a pennant-shaped ribbon on which the letters “C.L” are visible. The photograph may have been taken at the annual Pacific International Livestock Exposition in Portland.

Young women with cattle

Photograph of two unidentified young women posing with livestock on the lawn near a barn. The woman on the right is standing next to a bull or steer and the woman on the left is standing next to a cow. The photograph may have been taken at the Multnomah County Fair in Gresham, Oregon. Image note: Light leak on negative.

Young women posing with heifers

Photograph of three young women and a girl posing with with four heifers. They are standing on the lawn near a barn labeled “Cattle.” The photograph may have been taken at the Multnomah County Fair in Gresham, Oregon. The people in the photograph are unidentified.

Young woman with rooster

Photograph of an unidentified young woman seated on a wooden ramp or walkway with a rooster in her lap. The woman is sitting on a copy of the Oregon Journal; the top headline on the front page is “City Vice Reign Suspected.” The rooster is standing on more pages from the newspaper spread across the woman’s lap. The photograph may have been taken at the Multnomah County Fair in Gresham, Oregon.

Young woman with horse

Photograph of an unidentified young woman standing with a horse. One of the horse’s front legs is wrapped. A stable is visible in the background. The photograph may have been taken at the Multnomah County Fair in Gresham, Oregon. Also see image Nos. 374N0653 and 374N0705.

Young woman posing with two calves

Photograph of an unidentified young woman kneeling between two calves, possibly at the Multnomah County Fair in Gresham, Oregon. The woman is wearing a costume consisting of a capelet and a short dress with a cross on the chest. Onlookers and buildings are visible in the background. Also see image No. 374N0586.

Young woman posing with display of canned food

Photograph of an unidentified young woman next to jars of canned food displayed on shelves. She appears to be holding one of the jars, which has a prize ribbon attached to it. The text on the ribbon reads: “Boys’ & Girls’ 4-H Clubs / First / Premium / 1934.” The photograph may have been taken during the 1934 Multnomah County Fair in Gresham, Oregon.

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