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Battleship Oregon plans

  • Mss 4062
  • Collection
  • 1893

Collection consists of 13 blueprint plans on 6 sheets of the battleship Oregon, built by the Union Iron Works, San Francisco, California, 1893, scale: 1/16" : 1' to 1" : 1'.

Photographs of C. A. Smith lumber mill and West Coast shipping

  • Org. Lot 741
  • Collection
  • 1910-1915

Collection consists of 28 glass plate negatives of lumber mills, lumber shipping vessels and machinery, and street scenes in Oregon and northern California. The photographer and exact context for these photographs is unknown. The images primarily depict the C.A. Smith lumber mill located in Marshfield, Oregon today known as Coos Bay.

Also included are photographs of logging machinery, loading equipment, and various other mills and waterways, documenting areas such as the Coalbank Slough, Bunker Hill, the McKenna Mill, and Eastside, which is now considered a residential area in Coos Bay. In addition, the collection includes several photos of lumber steamships docked for loading at the C. A. Smith mill. Most notable are the Hazel Dollar, owned by the Dollar Steamship Line based in San Francisco, California; and the Nann Smith, which C. A. Smith named after his daughter.

Other photographs in the collection include the 1911 Centennial celebration in Astoria, Oregon, and photographs of assorted locations throughout northern California. These include the Plaza in Arcata, a cattle ferry at Eel River, the Little River Mill in Bullwinkle (also known as Crannel Mill, located in what is now Crannel), and the steamship Tenyo Maru and the United States Army transport ship Logan, both taken at the San Francisco harbor.

The collection also includes access prints of all 28 images, made by the Oregon Historical Society Research Library, which include annotations about the content of the photographs.

Ida Lachner photographs

  • Org. Lot 619
  • Collection
  • 1898-1899

Collection consists of 15 glass plate negatives taken by Ida Lachner circa 1899. Photographs mainly depict exteriors of various buildings around Baker City, Oregon, and interior views of the Lachner home. Also included are portraits of Lachner, her husband William Lachner, and other family members. The buildings depicted include the first City Hall in Baker City, the county Clerk and Recorder’s Office, Sheriff’s Office, high school, and various shops and churches.

Annotations on the negative sleeves provide information about each photograph.

Thomas Alexander Wood recollections

  • Mss 37
  • Collection
  • 1890-1902

Collection consists of typescript and manuscript correspondence and reminiscences recorded by T. A. Wood from approximately 1890-1902. The reminiscences include typescript copies of accounts by Wood regarding his work as a Methodist minister between 1858 and 1876 and his time serving as a chaplain for the Union Army in Illinois during the Civil War between 1861 and 1862. also included are typescript and manuscript copies of his account of involvement in advocacy to admit the first Black children into Portland public schools which resulted in the establishment of a segregated school for Black students. Also included is a letter written by Wood in 1902 containing reminiscences about his involvement in conflicts with Native peoples, which contains a list of engagement details for Indian War Veterans. The collection also contains a 1902 manuscript copy of an undated letter from E. H. Lenox to Wood requesting the names of members of an 1843 wagon train and relating a story concerning rescuing a man from drowning.

Revenue cutter Joe Lane plans

  • Mss 4037
  • Collection
  • 1851?

One blackline photocopy sheet of plans for the revenue cutter Joe Lane, built in Baltimore, Maryland, 1851. Includes cross section, top view, midship section, sail plan, and table of principal dimensions.

Steamship Oneonta Plans

  • Mss 4044
  • Collection
  • Circa 1863 - Circa 1950

Plans of a sidewheel steamer, Oneonta. The plans may be a depiction of the steamer Oneonta built in 1863 and operated by the Oregon Steam Navigation Company, but features in the plans differ from contemporary photographs of that steamboat. It is unknown whether the drawings are originals or later reproductions. The drawings consist of 3 plans on 1 sheet: a top view, a side view, and a plan of the pilot house and rooms. Sheet is stamped: "Oregon Historical Society - Portland, Oregon / from collection of L. C. Hosford."

Steamship R. R. Thompson plans

  • Mss 4051
  • Collection
  • Circa 1878 - Circa 1950

Collection consists of 14 plans on 8 sheets of the steamer R. R. Thompson, which was originally designed by John Gates. It is unknown whether the plans are original or are later reproductions; they include writing in at least two different hands. Drawings include plans of top and side views; a plan of the freight deck lowerhouse, skylight, and texas; a plan of the cabin deck; engine plans; boiler plans; mechanical plans; and a plan of the piston head and rings. Some sheets are stamped: "Oregon Historical Society - Portland, Oregon / from the collection of L. C. Hosford."

Steamship Hassalo plans

  • Mss 4033
  • Collection
  • Circa 1860 - Circa 1950

Collection consists of 6 plans on 4 sheets of the sternwheel steamer Hassalo. The drawings include a side view of the Hassalo; a plan of the freight deck; a lines plan, with cross sections, labeled as being taken from a model of the steamer made by John Gates; and a cross section. Three of the sheets are stamped: "Oregon Historical Society - Portland, Oregon / from collection of L. C. Hosford." It is unknown whether the plans are original drawings or later reproductions.

Isaac Hodgson, Jr. architectural illustrations

  • Mss 3055
  • Collection
  • 1891

The collection consists of two lithograph illustrations and two watercolor illustrations of buildings in Portland, Oregon, designed by architect Isaac Hodgson, Jr. The watercolors depict the entrance and the tower for the Chamber of Commerce building, one lithograph depicts the Chamber of Commerce building between SW 3rd Avenue and SW 4th Avenue, and one lithograph depicts the entrance to a proposed United Bank building. The United Bank lithograph is from a drawing by W. E. Donovan, while all other works were drawn or painted by J. Anderson. Both lithographs were printed by the Heliotype Printing Company of Boston, Massachusetts, and appeared in the September 26, 1891 and August 27, 1892 issues of "American Architect and Building News."

Willard K. Martin architectural papers

  • Mss 3077
  • Collection
  • 1963-1967

Collection includes: Plans and blueprints for buildings in Oregon, 1963-1967. Willard Kenneth Martin (1930-1985) was a Portland Architect who is best known for his design of the Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland, Oregon.

Doyle and Patterson architectural papers

  • Mss 3075
  • Collection
  • 1909-1917

Plans and specifications for residences and buildings primarily for Reed College and Meier & Frank in Portland, Oregon, 1908-1915. Doyle and Patterson was a Portland, Oregon architectural firm.

Failing Building sketch

  • Mss 3052
  • Collection
  • 1913

Collection includes: 1 rendering on 1 sheet of the Failing Building at SW 5th ave. and SW Alder St., delineated by Mr. Wilding, ca. 1907-1913. The building was used by Gevurtz Furniture Store. It was built in 1907 and more stores were added 1912-1913.

Joseph and Francis Jacobberger architectural papers

  • Mss 3040
  • Collection
  • 1895-1964

Collection includes: Index cards listing schools and churches, houses and flats, and buildings that the Jacobbergers worked on; Specifications, 8 pp, of a Catholic church on the SW corner of Grand Ave. and 15th St. in Astoria, Oregon; Sketch of St. Monica's Church in Coos Bay, Oregon by Francis B. Jacobberger, 25 June 1930; Watercolor sketches, 1895-1896; Receipts, 36 vols, 1911-1964; Ledgers of contracting bids, 5 vol, 1922-1950; Account book, 1 vol, 1930-1936; Architectural plans, ca. 1895-1964, primarily for residences in Portland, Oregon. Joseph (Josef) Jacobberger was born in Lautenbach, France on 1869 March 19 and moved to the United States with his family in 1872.

Morris H. Whitehouse Architectural Collection

  • Mss 3007
  • Collection
  • 1905-1974 (inclusive)

The collection documents much of the work of Morris H. Whitehouse (1878-1944), Portland, Or.-based architect whose firms and successors operated for 77 years, making it the longest lived architectural firm in Oregon history. The collection consists of architectural drawings (circa 1905-1974), including details, elevations, perspectives, plans, sections, sketches, tracings, and blueprints that trace the design development of hundreds of residential, commercial and government projects. The collection also contains records (circa 1910-1969), including contracts, correspondence, estimates, invoices, notes, and specifications. Many records correspond with sets of architectural drawings and provide detailed historic overviews of an assortment of jobs, particularly residences. The majority of the drawings and records in the collection are connected with projects in Portland, Or. Some jobs are included from various cities and towns in Oregon and Washington state. The collection also includes a small amount of Whitehouse's early personal papers (circa 1905-1919).

William Russell Parnell photographs

  • Org. Lot 533
  • Collection
  • 1864-1871

This collection consists of five photographs that were originally owned and may have been taken by William Russell Parnell during his service in the United States Army, with materials ranging between 1864-1871. Photographs depict Camp Harney, Camp Warner and Fort Boise, bases where Parnell was stationed, and also Camp Barry near Washington D.C. Parnell's relationship to Camp Barry is unknown, but he was stationed in various locations in that area during the Civil War. Of the five photographs included in the collection, four have Parnell’s signature.

Parnell, William Russell, 1836-1910

Fort Walla Walla, Washington Territory photograph

  • Org. Lot 1030
  • Collection
  • 1859

This collection consists of one photograph of Fort Walla Walla, taken May 1, 1859. The photograph was originally owned and may have been taken by Frederick Tracy Dent. This photograph depicts the fort's fourth location, which was constructed between 1857 to 1858, and shows several of the fort's buildings.

Dent, Frederick T. (Frederick Tracy), 1820-1892

The Video Access Project video recordings

  • MIC 8
  • Collection
  • 1971-1990

The Video Access Project (TVAP) recordings consist of over 800 3/4" Umatic Video tapes and 1/2" Open Reel video tapes, most produced in the Portland Community Access facilities from the early 1980s into the 1990s. These programs were mainly produced and recorded in a television studio and covered various Portland related topics, including politics, music, art and social services. The collection also contains earlier video recordings that were not produced by TVAP. These videos, from the 1970s, were shot on location (not in a studio) and are more focused on art, sexuality, performance and neighborhoods in transition.

The Video Access Project (Portland, Or.)

Oral history interview with Doug G. Houser

  • SR 3700
  • Collection
  • 2021-07-26

This oral history interview with Doug G. Houser was conducted by Kerry Tymchuk on July 26, 2021, as part of the Oregon Historical Society Research Library's oral history program. A transcript of the interview is available.

In this interview, Houser discusses his family background and early life in Oregon City, Oregon, particularly his relationship with his cousin, Phil Knight. He talks about his experience as a child with a speech impediment, about his early education, and about his decision to pursue a law career. He discusses his experience at Willamette University, including working as a page for the Oregon Legislature during his sophomore year, and having Mark Hatfield as an advisor. He then briefly talks about studying law at Stanford University. He speaks about his marriage to Lucy Anne Latham and describes their courtship. He also briefly talks about his service in the U.S. Army. He discusses his career with the Bullivant law firm in Portland. He describes cases he worked on, talks about lawyers he worked with, and discusses serving as a pro-tem judge for a summer in the 1960s. He speaks at length about his work as a lawyer, and later a board member, for Nike, Inc.

Houser, Doug G. (Douglas Guy), 1935-

Northwest Women's History Project records and interviews

  • Coll 883
  • Collection
  • 1943-2021

This collection consists of the records of Northwest Women's History Project and audio recordings of oral history interviews the organization conducted with women who had worked in shipyards in Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington, during World War II.

Digitized materials available online in OHS Digital Collections consist of the interview audio recordings and, when available, completed interview transcripts. The interviews explore issues such as sexual harassment, sexism and racism in unions and on the job, child care, on-the-job training, and life after the war.

Undigitized materials available for use at the Oregon Historical Society Research Library consist of the Northwest Women's History Project records in the collection. The bulk of these records relate to the interviews with women shipyard workers and a resulting presentation, titled "Good Work, Sister!" The records include grant documents, telephone questionnaires, transcripts and excerpts of in-person interviews, photographic slides of interviewees who were featured in "Good Work, Sister!" and photographs and records relating to "Good Work, Sister!" events. Also included are some photographs, clippings, ephemera, and memorabilia relating to women shipyard workers in World War II. Other undigitized materials include administrative records, materials relating to the organization's later projects, and materials about the re-release of "Good Work, Sister!" on DVD.

Northwest Women's History Project

Oregon Imprints collection

  • Coll 400
  • Collection
  • 1846-1870 (bulk)

This collection, assembled by the Oregon Historical Society Research Library, primarily consists of printed material that was either produced in or closely relates to the Oregon Territory and to Oregon's early statehood. Almost all of these items were listed in George Belknap's 1968 bibliography, "Oregon Imprints, 1845-1870."

The materials in this collection include legal and judicial documents such as legislative bills, reports, and proceedings; records of associations, including masonic organizations, temperance organizations, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and religious organizations; announcements and proclamations; event invitations, announcements, and programs, including for Fourth of July celebrations and the Oregon State Fair; advertisements; newspaper pages; and almanacs. The collection also includes some materials relating to conflicts between Euro-Americans and Native peoples, such as the Rogue River War of 1855-1856.

With some exceptions, materials are listed in this collection guide in numerical order based on numbers Belknap assigned to each item in his bibliography. Not all items that appear in Belknap's bibliography are included in this collection, and so some item numbers are skipped. Item numbers are typically handwritten on the documents themselves or on enclosing envelopes; sometimes these also show an earlier number that Douglas C. McMurtrie had assigned. The collection also includes a handful of items that were not cataloged by Belknap, but which also date from the mid-19th century.

Other materials in the collection include copies of Belknap's "Oregon Imprints, 1845-1870," supplements to "Oregon Imprints, 1847-1870" and to "Oregon Imprints, 1845-1870," and Belknap's correspondence and writings relating to early Oregon imprints.

Jerry Jiro Yasutome photographs

  • Org. Lot 762
  • Collection
  • 1945-1948

This collection consists of photographs of the Yasutome family, a Japanese-American family from Portland, Oregon, taken from 1945 to 1948. Most of the photographs were taken by Jerry Jiro Yasutome; a smaller number were created by other members of the Yasutome family and by unidentified students at the Northwest School of Photography in Portland, where Jerry Yasutome studied from approximately 1946 to 1948. Photographs taken by Jerry Yasutome and other family members document their experiences during incarceration at the Tule Lake Relocation Center in California from 1945 to 1946. These images include portraits of the Yasutome family, including Jerry Yasutome’s son, James Mamoru Yasutome, and his parents, Sadao Kurata Yasutome and Ju Jiro Yasutome; group portraits of electrical workers and a Buddhist Sunday School; and photos of a fire at the Tule Lake high school. The remainder of the photographs in the collection represent the work of students at the Northwest School of Photography. They include photographs of the processing lab and students in classes, as well as portraits taken by the students. Also included are photographs taken by Yasutome and other students depicting the aftermath of the Vanport Flood in May 1948.

Yasutome, Jerry Jiro, 1919-1994

Lars C. Henrichsen photographs

  • Org. Lot 64
  • Collection
  • 1895-1910

The collection contains 225 glass plate negative photographs taken by or attributed to Lars Christensen Henrichsen between 1895 and 1910, including the original negatives for his 1903 Portland panorama. Primary subjects depicted in the collection include the Portland skyline, Mount St. Helens, Mount Hood, the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition, the Oregon Coast, and the Columbia River Gorge. Also included in the collection are five prints of displays at the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition. There are also seven bound albums and one rolled copy of Henrichsen’s self-published panoramic photograph album of Portland in 1903. This collection may be of interest to individuals researching photography and the development of Portland.

Oral history interview with Vern B. Ryles

  • SR 2048
  • Collection
  • 1994-06-02 - 1995-02-23

This oral history interview with Vern B. Ryles was conducted by Michael O'Rourke at Ryles's office in Portland, Oregon, from June 2, 1994 to February 23, 1995, as part of the Oregon Historical Society Research Library's oral history program. The interview was conducted in seven sessions.

In sessions one and two, Ryles discusses his family background and early life in Walla Walla, Washington, his relationship with his father, and his marriage to Nancy Wyly. He talks about working for a trucking company in Chicago, Illinois, during the time that Jimmy Hoffa ran the Teamsters Union.

In sessions three through five, Ryles shares his thoughts about the economic and social factors behind the increase in homelessness, particularly in Oregon, in the late 20th century. He talks about his work as a member of the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce to provide social services to people experiencing homelessness in Portland, discusses Portland Mayor Bud Clark's 12-point plan to address homelessness, and talks about the development of the Homeless Action Fund.

In sessions six and seven, Ryles reflects on the accomplishments of Portland's programs for homeless services. He then speaks at length about Nancy Ryles' service on the Beaverton school board; representing Washington County in the Oregon House from 1979 to 1982, and in the Oregon Senate from 1983 to 1987; and as a member of the Public Utility Commission from 1987 until her death in 1990. He talks about his marriage to Nancy Ryles, and about her death from cancer.

Ryles, Vern B. (Vernon Barton), 1937-2013

Radical Elders oral history series

  • SR_Radical_Elders
  • Collection
  • 1992-05-25 - 2003-03-02

These interviews were conducted as part of a senior capstone class on history at Portland State University, with instructor Sandy Polishuk.

Polishuk, Sandy, 1940-

Portland Garden Club lantern slides

  • Org. Lot 1353
  • Collection
  • 1930-1940

Collection consists of 99 glass lantern slides depicting garden and nature scenes. The majority of the slides were created by George Stephenson for the Portland Garden Club in the 1930s. Subjects depicted include the Kerr Gardens, the Frank and Meier estates, urban gardens, suburban gardens, and country gardens. This collection may be of interest to individuals researching gardening in Portland.

Stephenson, George C., 1866-1940

1890 Portland flood and street scene photographs

  • Org. Lot 1423
  • Collection
  • 1890

Collection consists of 18 photographs of Portland, Oregon, taken circa 1890. The photographs are primarily scenes of flooded streets in downtown and inner East Portland during the 1890 flood. Other subjects depicted in the photographs include cable cars, the bark Coloma, Grace Methodist Episcopal Church, the Riverside Hotel, the Morrison Bridge, and other unflooded street scenes from Portland. The photographs are mounted on 9 loose album pages and include handwritten image captions. The photographer or photographers for these items is unknown.

Marcus and Narcissa Whitman collection, 1834-1947

  • Mss 1203
  • Collection
  • 1834-1947

The collection consists of papers of and relating to missionaries Marcus and Narcissa Whitman. A substantial portion of the collection consists of letters that they wrote to Narcissa Whitman's family. These letters describe the Whitmans' overland journey to the Pacific Northwest in 1836, and their lives as missionaries in the following decade. The letters also frequently express frustration with Native peoples' cultural norms and their reluctance to convert to Calvinist Christianity, often using patronizing and derogatory language. The letters also include pejorative terms for Roman Catholics and for biracial people of Native and European or Euro-American descent.

Other writings by the Whitmans include typescript copies of their correspondence with the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, and a typescript of Marcus Whitman's proposed legislation to establish outposts to assist Euro-American emigrants traveling westward. Other materials in the collection include original and reproduced materials regarding the Whitman killings and their aftermath; microfilm of Mary Saunders and Helen Saunders' recollections of the Whitman killings and aftermath; and items related to the memorialization of the Whitmans, including efforts in the 1890s to erect a monument in their honor.

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