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Harold M. Brown photographs

  • Org. Lot 197
  • Colección
  • circa 1909-1956

Collection consists of 140 photographs and 13 Cirkut panoramic photographs taken by Harold M. Brown from approximately 1909 to 1956. The bulk of the collection documents the lumber, agriculture, and shipping industries in Oregon between 1917 to 1956. These photographs depict the following companies: Pope & Talbot Co., Eastern & Western Lumber Co., Oregon-American Lumber Co., Nicolai-Neppach Co., Crown Willamette Paper Co., Crown Zellerbach Corporation, and the Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation. Photographs of freighters used for lumber transportation are also included. The collection also contains photographs of locations in Oregon and Washington, including the Bonneville Dam, Cascade Locks, the Columbia River, Heceta Head, Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood, Portland, Tahkenitch Lake, Vanport, and the Washougal River. Additionally, there are portraits of Harold M. Brown and other people. The collection also includes photocopies of three of Harold M. Brown's photography ledgers, dating from 1922 to 1956, which include details about dates and locations for numbered Brown prints.

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Oral history interview with Bette Lee

  • SR 11258
  • Colección
  • 2014-06-17 - 2014-12-29

This oral history interview with Bette Lee was conducted by Sandy Polishuk from June 17 to December 29, 2014. The interview was conducted in two sessions. The interview transcript also includes several of Lee's photographs.

In the first interview session, conducted on June 17, 2014, Lee discusses her early career as a photographer in the San Francisco Bay Area during the 1980s, her involvement with the Livermore Activism Group, and how she began her career photographing protest movements. She speaks about her involvement in activist groups in Portland, Oregon, after moving there in 1989, and talks about some of the protests she photographed. She describes some of the photographs she took of protests and marches around the United States, including anti-war protests during the Gulf War from 1990 to 1991 and the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, and particularly featuring Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a U.S. soldier who was killed in Iraq.

In the second interview session, conducted on December 29, 2014, Lee continues to describe some of her photographs, focusing on those taken in Oregon, including photos of May Day demonstrations, pro- and anti-war marches, and protests against anti-immigration legislation. She also describes photographs of the Occupy Portland movement, and of protests following the police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014. She talks about how her photographs document the militarization of police. She closes the interview by discussing the theme of a photo essay that would appear in Oregon Historical Quarterly in 2016.

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June D. Drake photographs

  • Org. Lot 678
  • Colección
  • 1860-1955

Collection consists of approximately 2,918 original photographic prints and 3,800 original glass and acetate negatives taken by photographer June D. Drake of Silverton, Oregon, as well as 3,042 copy prints made by the Oregon Historical Society from the original negatives. The bulk of the collection consists of photographs that Drake took of various towns in Oregon, including Silverton, Mount Angel (including Mount Angel Abbey), and Salem, Oregon, from approximately 1900-1953. These photographs depict street scenes, businesses, schools, churches, and other town buildings, as well as significant events and celebrations. There are also a number of photographs that Drake took of the area that became Silver Falls State Park, as well as a large number of portrait photographs taken by Drake from about 1900-1952, including both studio and informal portraits.

Other subjects represented in the collection include transportation and agriculture in Oregon; the lumber industry around Silverton, including the Silver Falls Timber Company and the Silverton Lumber Company; Homer Davenport and his family in Silverton; the Chemawa Indian School near Silverton, and other portraits of Native Americans from the area; the military in Oregon, including the Oregon State Militia during World War I and World War II; and photographs of animals. The collection also includes five photograph albums; of note is an album titled "A History of Silverton, Oregon, and its environs," which contains detailed descriptions from 1863 to the 1930s, and includes places of business, worship, and study, among other scenes. There are also a number of photographs of various artifacts and other objects collected by Drake to document the history of Silverton.

Photographs in this collection that date prior to 1900 were originally taken by other photographers, including Silverton photographer William L. Jones, and reprinted by June D. Drake, who owned many of Jones's negatives.

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Early history of Tillamook

  • Mss 213
  • Colección
  • circa 1890-1904

This collection consists of the original manuscript of "Early History of Tillamook," by Warren N. Vaughn, as well as typescript copies and a microfilm copy of the history, and biographical information about Vaughn. The original manuscript, undated but probably created in the 1890s, is handwritten in four ledgers or notebooks, and consists of Vaughn's detailed recollections about the earliest emigrants to and events in the Tillamook Bay area, 1851-circa 1863. It begins as a history of Tillamook County but ends abruptly at the end of the fourth volume. Microfilm in the collection is a copy of Vaughn's original manuscript. The collection also includes two undated typescript transcripts of "Early History of Tillamook": one in which each volume is bound separately with paper and twine, and one that was copied, edited, and consolidated into a single book by Louise W. Goodrich of Tillamook, Oregon, for the Columbia Gorge Chapter of the Daughters of the American Colonists in Portland, Oregon. Other materials in the collection include an Oregon Historical Society questionnaire filled out by Vaughn and dated 1902, providing biographical and genealogical details, information on his journey to Oregon, and remarks on Native people, particularly Chief Kilchis; and a photocopy of a biography of Vaughn in "Portrait and Biographical Record of Western Oregon" (Chicago, Chapman Publishing Company, 1904).

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Oral history interview with Jane M. Armentrout

  • SR 9565
  • Colección
  • 1978-06-05

This oral history interview with Jane M. Armentrout was conducted by Roberta Watts on June 5, 1978, as part of the Oregon Historical Society Research Library's oral history program.

In this interview, Armentrout discusses her family background, and talks about the life and career of her father, Dr. Harold Bunce Myers. She talks about his early life, about his education, and about her parents' marriage. She describes how her parents came to Oregon in 1914, and speaks at length about Harold Bunce Myers' career as a professor at the University of Oregon Medical School, now Oregon Health & Science University. She also talks about some of her father's students. She describes her interest in studying science, shares her experience of being discouraged from applying to medical school because of her gender, and talks about jobs she held before starting a family. She closes the interview by talking about her father's personality and by sharing memories of her early life with her parents.

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Stella Maris House collection, 1940-1973; bulk : 1960-1972

  • Mss 1585
  • Colección
  • 1940 - 1973

Ranging in date from 1940 to 1973, the Stella Maris House Collection consists of printed material, correspondence, and administrative, financial, and legal records created and collected by the Portland, Oregon-based social justice group during the course of their work. The collection demonstrates the local evolution of social issues key to the history of the United States during the 1960s. Over a third of the archive's content is dedicated to Oregon's migrant labor rights movement, and it also features records documenting the area's civil rights movement, urban renewal projects, interstate highway infrastructure, and social welfare programs initiated by the Economic Opportunity Act.

The bulk of the collection consists of printed material created by a number of local and national organizations between 1960 and 1972, then collected by the Stella Maris House. This portion of the archive includes programs, reports, studies, surveys, correspondence, brochures, and flyers generated by civil rights, migrant rights, and peace movement groups. Items of note include the Albina Neighborhood Improvement Project's plans for urban redevelopment (Series B), an African-American employment survey conducted by the Metropolitan Interfaith Commission on Race (Series E), and records documenting the Housing Authority of Portland (Series I). The collection also features printed material created by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (Series E), the Valley Migrant League (Series J), and the United Farm Workers (Series J). Newspaper clippings that document events important to social justice movements constitute a substantial part of the collection.

A small but significant portion of the collection was created by the staff members of the Stella Maris House; it includes notes by the staff documenting the meetings of local groups. These meeting notes often provide remarkably candid insights into the workings of area groups. Additionally, Stella Maris House staff members also contributed group and program histories to the collection.

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Monteith family photograph collection, 1847-1854

  • Org. Lot 1388
  • Colección
  • 1847 - 1854

This collection is comprised of two (2) daguerreotypes showing portraits of brothers Thomas and Walter Monteith, who founded the town of Albany, Oregon, circa 1849. They traveled to Oregon from New York in 1847 and settled adjacent land claims, sharing a house which straddled the two claims.

Oral history interview with Ellen L. MacVeagh

  • SR 9472
  • Colección
  • 1976-02-20

This oral history interview with Ellen L. MacVeagh was conducted by Charles Digregorio at MacVeagh's home in Portland, Oregon, on February 20, 1976, as part of the Oregon Historical Society Research Library's oral history program. MacVeagh's pet birds are audible throughout the interview.

In this interview, MacVeagh speaks at length about her family background, including the careers of her father, Abbot Low Mills (1858-1927), and her uncle Cicero Hunt Lewis (1826-1897), also known as Cicero Horatius Lewis. She discusses her early life in Portland, Oregon. She talks about her recreational activities and social life in the Portland area in the early 20th century, including dances at the Vancouver Barracks in Vancouver, Washington, and horseback riding. She speaks about Chinese American residents of Portland, particularly men who worked for her family. She shares stories about Captain John Heard Couch and other early Portland residents. She closes the interview by speaking about living in France and Italy during the 1920s.

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Oral history interview with Barbara Elliott Davies

  • SR 9372
  • Colección
  • 1976-07-18

This oral history interview with Barbara Elliott Davies was conducted by Charles Digregorio at Davies' home in Portland, Oregon, on July 18, 1976, as part of the oral history program at the Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

In this interview, Davies discusses the life of her father, Thompson Coit Elliott (1862-1943), a former executive director of the Oregon Historical Society. She also talks about her grandfather, John Euclid Elliott (1829-1888), and his role in the development of Walla Walla, Washington. She discusses her work for Oregon Historical Quarterly, the journal of the Oregon Historical Society; and talks about working with her father to acquire collections for the historical society, particularly the Protestant Ladder.

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Oral history interview with Charles E. Heaney

  • SR 9327
  • Colección
  • 1978-05-15 - 1978-05-22

This oral history interview with Charles E. Heaney was conducted by Charles Digregorio at Heaney's home in Portland, Oregon, on May 15 and May 22, 1978, as part of the Oregon Historical Society Research Library's oral history program. The interview was conducted in two sessions.

In the first interview session, conducted on May 15, 1978, Heaney discusses his interest in calligraphy. He talks about his early life in Portland, Oregon, about working for the Brandenburg Engraving Company, and about studying at the Museum Art School, now known as the Pacific Northwest College of Art. He describes traveling in Eastern and Southern Oregon and in rural Nevada, and talks about how those areas influenced his paintings. He discusses his artistic process, talks about his friendship with Oregon artist C. S. Price, and reflects on what it means to be an artist. He speaks about his feelings regarding his early artwork.

In the second interview session, conducted on May 22, 1978, Heaney speaks further about his friendship with C. S. Price, and talks about Price's life, his personality, and his career as an artist.

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Oral history interview with Charles Digregorio

  • SR 2527
  • Colección
  • 2001-04-04

This oral history interview with Charles Digregorio was conducted by Jim Strassmaier in Portland, Oregon, on April 4, 2001, as part of the Oregon Historical Society Research Library's oral history program. A transcript is available.

In this interview, Digregorio describes how he became the first oral historian at the Oregon Historical Society and talks about his experience studying oral history at Columbia University in New York, New York. He talks about oral history interviews he conducted for the historical society, particularly a series of interviews regarding Willamette Industries; shares his interviewing process; and discusses how the oral history program was funded. He shares his reasons for leaving the Oregon Historical Society. He closes the interview by talking about the people he worked with at the society's research library.

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Oral history interview with Elvia W. King

  • SR 9576
  • Colección
  • 1976-10-18

This oral history interview with Elvia W. King was conducted by Charles Digregorio at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland, Oregon, on October 18, 1976, as part of the oral history program at the society's research library.

In this interview, King discusses the life of her father, William Tagg, and reads from a letter he wrote soon after he immigrated to Oregon from England in the 1880s. She talks about her early life on a farm in the Clatsop Plains community in Oregon, which is now part of Gearhart, including her recreational activities, other families who lived in the area, and her family's guest house.

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Oral history interview with Helen Platt

  • SR 9572
  • Colección
  • 1976-09-20

This oral history interview with Helen Platt was conducted by Charles Digregorio at Platt's home in Portland, Oregon, on September 20, 1976, as part of the Oregon Historical Society Research Library's oral history program. An unidentified person was also present.

In this interview, Platt speaks at length about her Durham and Platt family background. She discusses the life and career of her grandfather, George Hannibal Durham, and of her father, Harrison Gray Platt. She also shares stories about her ancestors' interactions with Native people. She closes the interview by discussing her early life in the Mount Tabor neighborhood of Portland.

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Oral history interview with Ambrose M. Seliger

  • SR 9571
  • Colección
  • 1976-05-26

This oral history interview with Ambrose M. Seliger was conducted by Charles Digregorio at Seliger's home in Portland, Oregon, on May 26, 1976, as part of the Oregon Historical Society Research Library's oral history program.

In this interview, Seliger speaks at length about his Hood, Myers, and Seliger family background, and talks about his German heritage. He describes his early life in Gresham, including his childhood activities. He discusses his career as a preschool teacher and talks about some of his students. He also shares his memory of being punished by his first grade teacher for writing with his left hand.

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Oral history interview with Jean M. Beatty

  • SR 9570
  • Colección
  • 1976-07-01

This oral history interview with Jean M. Beatty was conducted by Charles Digregorio in Portland, Oregon, on July 1, 1976, as part of the Oregon Historical Society Research Library's oral history program. Henry C. C. Stevens was also present and occasionally contributed to the interview.

In this interview, Beatty discusses the life and career of her father, Albert A. Morrison, an Episcopalian minister. She shares her memories of traveling to Oregon by train in 1899, and talks about her early life in the Nob Hill neighborhood of Portland. She discusses her father's work as pastor at Trinity Episcopal Church in Portland, describes a conflict he had with another member of the clergy, and talks about his social life. She also discusses his support for women's suffrage. She then briefly talks about the life of her mother, Caroline Conover Morrison. She talks about her own education, about her marriage to John C. Beatty, and about her involvement with the Junior League of Portland. She also speaks about the league's founder, Gretchen H. Corbett.

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Oral history interview with Richard G. Montgomery

  • SR 9569
  • Colección
  • 1976-05-16

This oral history interview with Richard G. Montgomery was conducted by Charles Digregorio at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland, Oregon, on May 16, 1976, as part of the oral history program at the society's research library.

In this interview, Montgomery discusses his Montgomery and Gill family background and talks about the history of J. K. Gill Company. He talks about studying medicine at the University of California at Berkeley and at the University of Oregon Medical School, describes his involvement in the J. K. Gill Company, and discusses his career in advertising. He closes the interview by talking about the books he wrote.

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Oral history interview with Nan M. Brewster

  • SR 9568
  • Colección
  • 1976-06-25

This oral history interview with Nan M. Brewster was conducted by Charles Digregorio at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland, Oregon, on June 25, 1976, as part of the oral history program at the society's research library.

In this interview, Brewster speaks at length about her Montgomery and Gill family background, and talks about the history of the J.K. Gill Company. She discusses her early life in Portland, including her recreational activities and her social life. She talks about her education, about her career as a columnist and illustrator for Portland newspapers, and about her volunteer work for health organizations. She also talks about her marriage to William L. Brewster. She closes the interview by describing vacations at Seaview, Oregon.

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Oral history interview with Carol M. Beggs

  • SR 9567
  • Colección
  • 1976-11-04

This oral history interview with Carol M. Beggs was conducted by Charles Digregorio at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland, Oregon, on November 4, 1976, as part of the oral history program at the society's research library.

In this interview, Beggs discusses her family background and early life in the Willamette Heights neighborhood of Portland, including her upbringing and her recreational activities. She speaks about the life and career of her father, Richard Ward Montague, including his involvement with the Mazamas, a mountaineering organization. She shares her memories of the 1905 Lewis & Clark exposition, and talks about her social life as a teenager in early Portland.

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Oral history interview with Abbot L. Mills, Jr.

  • SR 9566
  • Colección
  • 1977-07-15

This oral history interview with Abbot L. Mills, Jr., was conducted by Charles Digregorio at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland, Oregon, on July 15, 1977, as part of the oral history program at the society's research library.

In this interview, Mills discusses his family background and speaks at length about the life and banking career of his father, Abbot Low Mills, who later became the president of the First National Bank of Portland. He discusses his early life in the Couch Addition area of Portland, which is now part of the Nob Hill neighborhood, and talks about families who lived in the neighborhood. He also talks about the Ainsworth family background of his wife, Katherine Mills. He describes how he came to work at the First National Bank of Portland in 1922, and talks about his career in banking there and at the United States National Bank of Portland.

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Oral history interview with Henry S. Mears and Margaret S. Clark

  • SR 9564
  • Colección
  • 1976-08-03

This oral history interview with siblings Henry S. Mears and Margaret S. Clark was conducted by Charles Digregorio at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland, Oregon, on August 3, 1976, as part of the oral history program at the society's research library.

In this interview, Mears and Clark discuss their family background, and talk about the life and career of their father, Portland businessman and Oregon legislator Samuel Maxwell Mears. Digregorio reads biographies of Samuel M. Mears prepared by the siblings. They talk about their early lives in Portland, including their social lives and recreational activities. They close the interview by talking about their brother, Arthur Maxwell Mears, and his involvement in Portland's shipbuilding industry.

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Oral history interview with Samuel H. Martin

  • SR 9563
  • Colección
  • 1976-08-09

This oral history interview with Samuel H. Martin was conducted by Charles Digregorio at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland, Oregon, on August 9, 1976, as part of the oral history program at the society's research library.

In this interview, Martin discusses his family background, and speaks about the life of his father, Charles H. Martin, who served as an officer in the U.S. Army, an Oregon congressman, and Oregon governor. He discusses his father's military career in China during the Boxer Rebellion and later as commander of the Oregon National Guard, talks about his father's real estate investments, and describes his father's personality. He speaks about his father's political career as an Oregon congressman and as Oregon governor. He then talks about his career as a lawyer in Portland, and about working for the federal government. He closes the interview by discussing his father's early life.

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Oral history interview with Henrietta C. Failing

  • SR 9550
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  • 1976-07-14

This oral history interview with Henrietta C. Failing was conducted by Charles Digregorio on July 14, 1976, at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland, Oregon, as part of the oral history program at the society's research library.

In this interview, Failing speaks about the history of the Failing family. She focuses particularly on the life and career of her father, James Frederick Failing, who came to Portland, Oregon, as a child in 1851; and on her uncle Henry Failing and his work as Portland mayor from 1864 to 1866 and from 1873 to 1875. She briefly discusses the role of Chinese Americans in 19th-century Portland. She also speaks about the life and career of her maternal grandfather, John Conner, who came to Albany, Oregon, in 1853. She talks about her family's involvement with the First Baptist Church in Portland. She closes the interview by talking about her early life in Portland, including her memories of the Lewis and Clark Exposition in 1905.

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Oral history interview with Ellen B. Berry

  • SR 9544
  • Colección
  • 1977-03-28

This oral history interview with Ellen B. Berry was conducted by Charles Digregorio at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland, Oregon, on March 28, 1977, as part of the oral history program at the society's research library. Berry's daughter, Ellen Bowman Martin, and son-in-law, Samuel H. Martin, were also present.

In this interview, Berry discusses the life of her first husband, John Linden Bowman, including their marriage, their family, and his death in 1928. She talks about Bowman's clothing business, which she later ran. She closes the interview by sharing memories of the area around the Arrah Wanna Hotel in Wemme, Oregon, which Bowman owned in the early 20th century.

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Oral history interview with Lew Cook

  • SR 9338
  • Colección
  • 1979-06-20 - 1979-06-26

This oral history interview with Lew Cook was conducted by Martha Gies in two sessions on June 20 and June 26, 1979. A transcript is available.

In the first interview session, conducted on June 20, 1979, Cook discusses the difficulty of safely storing nitrate film, which can spontaneously combust, and talks about his plans to hold a nitrate-burning bonfire event. He discusses his early life in Portland, Oregon, including how he became interested in film. He talks about spending time at Portland's Film Row in the early 1920s; about how he got his first camera at age 10; and about people he worked with in Portland's early film industry, including Jesse Sill and Claude Palmer. He describes running his own business, in which he traveled with projectors to show films in towns around Oregon, and discusses his involvement with the Oregon Camera Club.

In the second interview session, conducted on June 26, 1979, Cook speaks further about his early life in Portland and discusses his family background. He talks more about Portland's Film Row, including the reasons why the business moved to Gresham around 1928. He further discusses traveling with projectors to play films in towns around Oregon, and talks about films he made, particularly a film about a cute baby contest.

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Civilian Conservation Corps, Eugene District (Or.) photograph album

  • Album 380
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  • 1933-1934

Photograph album documenting the history and activities of the Eugene (Oregon) District of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) from May 1933 to May 1934. The album was assembled by Leo R. T. Burton of the Skinner Butte Camp for the Headquarters Detachment and contains photographs of district camps and surrounding scenery, construction activities, and CCC officers and personnel. Also includes maps of each camp, monthly service reports, and work progress reports. Includes camps at Belknap, Bradford, Brice Creek, Cape Creek, Coquille, Crane Prairie, Devils Flat, Drew, Fall Creek, Gunter, Loon Lake, Mapleton, Maury, McKinley, Melrose, Oakridge, Powers, Reedsport, Remote, Rigdon, Seven-Mile Hill, Sisters, Sitkum, Steamboat, Tyee, Walker, and Wolf Creek.

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Oral history interview with Helen L. Thompson and Mary C. Baker

  • SR 9562
  • Colección
  • 1976-10-27

This oral history interview with sisters Helen L. Thompson and Mary C. Baker was conducted by Charles Digregorio at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland, Oregon, on October 27, 1976, as part of the oral history program at the society's research library.

In this interview, Thompson and Baker discuss their family background, including the Huntington, Holman, and Malarkey families, who arrived in Portland in the mid-19th century. They talk about family businesses, including the Holman Transfer Company; and share stories about their grandparents' life in early Portland. They discuss their early lives in the Portland Heights neighborhood. They talk about people who lived in the neighborhood, about their education at Ainsworth School and at Lincoln High School, and about their childhood activities. They close the interview by discussing how the role of women in society has changed over the 20th century.

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Oral history interview with Margaret B. Krausse

  • SR 9561
  • Colección
  • 1977-01-26

This oral history interview with Margaret B. Krausse was conducted by Charles Digregorio at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland, Oregon, on January 26, 1977, as part of the oral history program at the society's research library. Hildreth H. Lupton was also present and occasionally contributed to the interview.

In this interview, Lupton reads from Krausse's memoir. Krausse then discusses her family background and early life in the King's Hill area in the Goose Hollow neighborhood of Portland. She also talks about spending summers in Long Beach, Washington.

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Oral history interview with Stuart R. Kerr

  • SR 9560
  • Colección
  • 1977-02-14

This oral history interview with Stuart R. Kerr was conducted by Charles Digregorio at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland, Oregon, on February 14, 1977, as part of the oral history program at the society's research library.

In this interview, Kerr discusses his family background and early life in Portland. He speaks at length about the history of his family's fruit conservation business, Kerr Fruit Concentrates, Inc. He talks about his father's role in the business, about running the business after 1941, and about competition in the wholesale grocery industry. He also discusses his involvement with the Mazamas, a mountaineering organization; childhood vacations with his family; and traveling after college.

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