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Gust Anderson

Portrait of a man wearing a jacket, vest, and a bow tie. The text “Gust Anderson Mult.” and the number 2 are written on the negative and are visible on the right side of the image. Anderson represented Multnomah County in the state house in the 1929 and 1931 legislative sessions. This photograph may have been taken outside the Oregon State Capitol in Salem.

Oregon State Senator Robert R. Butler

Portrait of a seated man, Oregon State Senator Robert R. Butler, wearing a suit jacket and vest, a collared shirt, and a tie. Butler served in the state Senate from 1913 to 1917 and again from 1925 to 1929. The text “Sen Butler” is written on the negative and is visible at the top of the image.

B. L. Eddy, Oregon state senator from Roseburg

Half-length portrait of a man facing slightly right. He is wearing glasses, a suit jacket and vest, a collared shirt, a bow tie, and glasses. He is standing in front of a pair of columns, probably at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem. The text “Sen. B. L. Eddy of Roseburg” is written on the negative and is visible on the right side of the image.

Senate President A. W. Norblad, Governor Isaac Patterson, and House Speaker Ralph Hamilton

Full-length portrait of (from right), A. W. Norblad, president of the Oregon Senate; Oregon Governor Isaac L. Patterson; and Ralph S. Hamilton, speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives. They are standing outside the Oregon State Capitol in Salem on January 14, 1929, the opening day of the legislative session. A related photograph, image No. 371N1970, was published on the front page of the January 14 edition of the Oregon Journal, alongside a story headlined “Legislature Organizes for Session.” The text “Hamilton – Gov – Norblad” and the number 9 are written on the negative and are visible at the top of the image. Also see image No. 371N1883 of Norblad. Image note: Photograph is out of focus.

Vincent, Ralph

Fred E. Kiddle sitting at head of Senate chambers, Oregon State Capitol

Portrait of Fred E. Kiddle from Union County sitting on the dais at the head of the Senate chambers in the Oregon State Capitol, Salem. He is facing slightly left and looking toward the front. The name “Kiddle” is written on the negative and is faintly visible on the left side of the image. The photograph was probably taken in 1933, when Kiddle was president of the Oregon Senate.

Dorothy McCullough Lee outside Oregon State Capitol

Photograph showing State Representative Dorothy McCullough Lee standing outside the Oregon State Capitol on January 14, 1929. A cropped version of this photograph, image No. 371N1970, and image No. 371N0374 were published on Page 1 of the Oregon Journal on January 14, 1929, under the headline "At the Opening of the Oregon Legislature." The photographs had the following caption: “Staff Photographer Ralph Vincent of The Journal was on hand at the state capitol this morning and brought back for you some of the interesting personages there.” This photograph had the following additional caption information: “Dorothy McCullough Lee of the Multnomah delegation.” The photographs accompanied a story, titled "Legislature Organizes For Session.” The 1929 session was Lee’s first in the Legislature. Image note: The text “Dorothy McCullough Lee of Mult.” and the number 7 are written on the negative and are visible on the right side of the image.

Vincent, Ralph

A. W. Norblad outside Oregon State Capitol

Head and shoulders portrait of A. W. Norblad outside the Oregon State Capitol in Salem. He is facing front and looking to the left. This photograph was probably taken on January 14, 1929, the opening day of the 1929 legislative session. Norblad was president of the Oregon Senate. See related image Nos. 371N1036 and 371N1970. Image note: The number 11 and the name “A. W. Norblad” are written on the negative and are visible on the right side of the image.

Vincent, Ralph

Senate President A. W. Norblad, Governor Isaac Patterson, and House Speaker Ralph Hamilton

Portrait of (from right), A. W. Norblad, president of the Oregon Senate; Isaac Patterson, Oregon governor; and Ralph Hamilton, speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives. They are standing outside the Oregon State Capitol. A cropped version of this photograph, image No. 371N1483, and image No. 371N0374 were published on Page 1 of the Oregon Journal on January 14, 1929, under the headline "At the Opening of the Oregon Legislature." The photographs had the following caption: “Staff Photographer Ralph Vincent of The Journal was on hand at the state capitol this morning and brought back for you some of the interesting personages there.” This photograph had the following additional caption information: “From the left, Senator A. W. Norblad of Clatsop, president of the senate; Governor Patterson and Speaker Ralph Hamilton of the house.” The photographs accompanied a story, titled "Legislature Organizes For Session.” Also see image No. 371N1883 of Norblad. Image note: The following text is handwritten on the negative and is visible on the right side of the image: “Ralph Hamilton — Gov Patterson A. W. Norblad.” The number 10 is also written on the negative and is visible in the upper right corner of the image.

Vincent, Ralph

Oregon state Senator Jay Upton of Bend

Head and shoulders portrait of Oregon state Senator Jay Upton outside the state Capitol. He is facing front and is wearing a suit, tie, and glasses. The number 4 and the text “J. Upton of Bend” are written on the negative and are visible on the right side of the image.

Oregon state Senator Jay Upton and Allen

Three-quarters portrait of two men standing side by side outside the Oregon State Capitol. The man on the left is state Senator Jay Upton. Two names are written on the negative: “Jay Upton,” visible on the left side of the image; and “Allen,” visible on the right side of the image.

Representatives Earl Hill and Jack Caufield at opening of 1935 Oregon legislative session

Photograph of Representatives Earl Hill and Jack Caufield sitting next to one another and talking at the opening of the Oregon legislative session on January 14, 1935. A cropped version of this photograph was one of four, including image Nos. 377N0442, 377N0443, and 377N0455, that were published on the Oregon Journal’s January 14 front page. The photographs were published under the headline “Some Prominent Figures at Opening of Legislature.” This photograph had the following caption: “Representative Earl Hill of Cushman, Lane county, who nominated John E. Cooter for speaker, talking with Jack Caufield of Tillamook, chairman of house caucus.” See additional related image Nos. 377N0440 and 377N0448; image No. 377N0449 may also be related. Image note: The number 4 is written on the negative and is visible in the upper left corner of the image.

James K. Weatherford and Representative John E. Cooter at opening of 1935 Oregon legislative session

Half-length portrait of John K. Weatherford (left) and Oregon House Speaker John E. Cooter at the opening of the legislative session on January 14, 1935. They are facing each other and Weatherford is holding a gavel. A cropped version of this photograph was one of four, including image Nos. 377N0441, 377N0443, and 377N0455, that were published on the Oregon Journal’s January 14 front page. The photographs were published under the headline “Some Prominent Figures at Opening of Legislature.” This photograph had the following caption: “Speaker John E. Cooter (right) talking with James K. Weatherford of Albany, who was speaker in 1876, the last Democrat prior to Cooter to hold the job.” See additional related image Nos. 377N0440 and 377N0448; image No. 377N0449 may also be related. Image note: The number 1 is written on the negative and is visible in the upper left corner of the image.

Senators Henry L. Corbett and Isaac Staples at opening of 1935 Oregon legislative session

Photograph showing Senators Henry L. Corbett and Isaac Staples speaking with one another at the opening of the Oregon legislative session on January 14, 1935. A cropped version of this photograph was one of four, including image Nos. 377N0441, 377N0442, and 377N0455, that were published on the Oregon Journal’s January 14 front page. The photographs were published under the headline “Some Prominent Figures at Opening of Legislature.” This photograph had the following caption: “Senator Harry [sic] L. Corbett (left) elected president of the senate, talks with his colleague, Senator Isaac Staples.” See additional related image Nos. 377N0440 and 377N0448; image No. 377N0449 may also be related. Image note: The number 2 is written on the negative and is visible in the upper left corner of the image.

Five state senators at Oregon State Capitol

Full-length portrait of five men standing in two rows on the steps outside the Oregon State Capitol in Salem. The number 2 is written on the negative and is visible in the upper right corner of the image. A cropped version of this photograph and image Nos. 379G0163 and 379G0195 were published on Page 2 of the Oregon Journal city edition on Tuesday, January 9, 1923, the day after the legislative session began. The photographs were published under the headline “Old and New Faces to Be Seen at Oregon State Capital.” The photograph had the following caption: “Back row, left to right—Senators W. H. Strayer, Jay Upton and J. S. Magladry. Front row—Senators Robert S. Farrell and Gus C. Moser.”

Representative D. C. Lewis, chief clerk W. Fred Drager, and Representative L. H. Adams at Oregon State Capitol

Photograph showing three men standing on the front steps of the Oregon State Capitol in Salem in January 1923. A cropped version of this photograph was one of six published on Page 1, Section 2, of the Oregon Journal city edition on Sunday, January 14, 1923, under the headline “Who’s Who at Salem, Where Oregon Legislature Is In Session.” The photographs had the following caption: “State House snapshots by Journal staff photographer.” This photograph had the additional information: “Representative D. C. Lewis, Multnomah; W. F. Drager, Salem, chief clerk of the house; Representative L. H. Adams, Multnomah.” Also see the related images published with this photograph: Nos. 379G0190, 379G0194, 379G0196, 379G0200, and 379G0208.

State Representative W. F. Woodward at Oregon State Capitol

Full-length portrait of state Representative W. F. Woodward standing outside the Oregon State Capitol in Salem in January 1923. A cropped version of this photograph was one of six published on Page 1, Section 2, of the Oregon Journal city edition on Sunday, January 14, 1923, under the headline “Who’s Who at Salem, Where Oregon Legislature Is In Session.” The photographs had the following caption: “State House snapshots by Journal staff photographer.” This photograph had the additional information: “Representative W. F. Woodward, Multnomah.” Also see the related images published with this photograph: Nos. 379G0164, 379G0190, 379G0196, 379G0200, and 379G0208.

State Senator Jay Upton at Oregon State Capitol

Head and shoulders portrait of Oregon State Senator Jay Upton facing slightly right and looking toward the front. He is standing outside the Oregon State Capitol in Salem. A cropped version of this photograph and image Nos. 379G0160 and 379G0163 were published on Page 2 of the Oregon Journal city edition on Tuesday, January 9, 1923, the day after the legislative session began. The photographs were published under the headline “Old and New Faces to Be Seen at Oregon State Capital.” The photograph had the following caption: “Jay Upton, president of the senate.”

Oregon House speaker K. K. Kubli outside state Capitol

Head and shoulders portrait of state Representative K. K. Kubli facing to the right. He is standing outside the Oregon State Capitol in Salem in January 1923. A cropped version of this photograph was one of six published on Page 1, Section 2, of the Oregon Journal city edition on Sunday, January 14, 1923, under the headline “Who’s Who at Salem, Where Oregon Legislature Is In Session.” The photographs had the following caption: “State House snapshots by Journal staff photographer.” This photograph had the additional information: “Representative K. K. Kubli, Multnomah, speaker of house.” Also see the related images published with this photograph: Nos. 379G0164, 379G0190, 379G0194, 379G0200, and 379G0208.

State Senator H. J. Taylor outside Oregon State Capitol

Head and shoulders portrait of state Senator H. J. Taylor facing slightly right. He is standing outside the Oregon State Capitol in Salem in January 1923 The number 2 is written on the negative and is visible in the upper left corner of the image. A cropped version of this photograph was one of six published on Page 1, Section 2, of the Oregon Journal city edition on Sunday, January 14, 1923, under the headline “Who’s Who at Salem, Where Oregon Legislature Is In Session.” The photographs had the following caption: “State House snapshots by Journal staff photographer.” This photograph had the additional information: “Senator H. J. Taylor, Pendleton.” Also see the related images published with this photograph: Nos. 379G0164, 379G0190, 379G0194, 379G0196, and 379G0208.

Grace Peck, Multnomah County representative

Portrait of Grace peck, Multnomah County representative to the Oregon legislature and advocate for improved prison conditions. She wears a stripped blouse and hat. This photograph was published on the Oregon Journal on Sunday, December 9, 1948 (negative 1 of 2).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Oral history interview with Barbara Hanneman

This oral history interview with Barabara Hanneman was conducted by Vinita Howard at Hanneman's home in Turner, Oregon, from March 26 to April 1, 1991. In the interview, Hanneman discusses her family history and early life, including meeting her husband, Gene Hanneman, his career as a forester, and moving to Salem, Oregon. She also discusses the lives of her three children, as well as her grandchildren. She then talks about working in the offices of the Oregon Legislature, starting with the Board of Control before her children were born, then returning to work as a desk clerk for the Legislature in 1955. She describes working for Maurine Neuberger, Bob Holmes, Bob Duncan, Al Ullman, Bob Straub, and others. Hanneman discusses clerking for various committees, campaigning, and legislative procedures. She also talks briefly about other clerks at the Legislature, including Cecil Edwards. Hanneman then discusses working for the Neil Goldschmidt administration. She closes the interview by discussing changes in state government during her career.

Hanneman, Barbara Lewis, 1922-2017

Oral history interview with Alfred H. Corbett

This oral history interview with Alfred H. Corbett was conducted by Clark Hansen at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland, Oregon, from November 29, 1991, to April 24, 1992. In this interview, Corbett discusses his family background and early life in the Dunthorpe neighborhood of Portland and in eastern Oregon. He also discusses the political career of his father, Henry Ladd Corbett, and life during the Depression. He then talks about his education, including studying business at Harvard and law at Yale. He discusses meeting his wife, Nancy deCanizares, and her family background and early life. He briefly discusses his service in the U.S. Army during World War II, where he fought in Italy from 1943 to 1945. Corbett talks about practicing law in Portland and about some of his clients, including the Southern Pacific Railroad. He also talks about his brief service on the Portland Housing Authority at the time of the Vanport Flood; his year in the Defense Electric Power Administration; his involvement with the Democratic Party; and returning to Oregon to run for the state Legislature.

Corbett discusses his legislative career in the Oregon House of Representatives from 1953 to 1956. He talks about his campaigns, partisan politics, and his committee appointments. He discusses legislation he worked on, including on child care funding, education, civil rights, and budgeting. He also speaks at length about serving on the Ways and Means Committee. He then discusses serving in the Oregon Senate from 1957 to 1964, particularly his continued work on the Ways and Means Committee. He discusses some of the legislation he worked on, including on health care.

Corbett then discusses working on the 1956 presidential campaign of Adlai Stevenson and his own 1964 campaign for Oregon secretary of state. He discusses his work in the federal Office of Economic Opportunity in Washington, D.C., from 1965 to 1972, and then in the Legal Services Corporation until his retirement in 1978. He talks about some of the programs he was affiliated with in those positions, including educational, legal aid, and health care programs. Additionally, he discusses his dealings with U.S. Senator Wayne Morse and U.S. Rep. Edith Green. He also talks about clashing with the Nixon administration. He closes the interview by talking about his activities in retirement and his family life.

Corbett, Alfred H. (Alfred Hoyt), 1915-2000

Oral history interview with John R. Dellenback

This oral history interview with John R. Dellenback was conducted by Clark Hansen at Dellenback's home in Medford, Oregon, from June 24 to October 3, 1992. In this interview, Dellenback discusses his family background and early life in Chicago, Illinois, including his family life, his early education, and some of his influential teachers. He speaks at length about his Christian faith and how it has influenced his personal philosophy. He talks about his experience at Yale University, including his social life. He talks about the jobs he worked after graduating, including working as a bellboy and at General Electric in Connecticut. He describes his naval service in the Pacific Theater during World War II, including the invasion of Okinawa. He discusses attending the University of Michigan Law School, as well as his courtship of Mary Jane Benedict and their subsequent marriage. He then talks about practicing law with Frank Van Dyke in Medford, Oregon, including his philosophy of law. He also talks about his involvement with several local organizations, including the Oregon Bar Association. He discusses his involvement with the Republican Party, as well as his views on contemporary geopolitics.

Dellenback discusses serving in the Oregon House of Representatives from 1960 to 1966. He talks about his reasons for running for the Legislature in 1960 and his campaign that year. He talks about his committee assignments, building coalitions, and the attempt to revise the state constitution in 1963. He also discusses other legislation that came up during his time in the House; Governor Mark Hatfield's administration; and engaging with his constituents. He also speaks at length about national Republican politics, including his longtime support for Nelson Rockefeller; President Richard Nixon and the Watergate scandal; and his moderate Republicanism. Dellenback then discusses serving in the U.S. House from 1967 to 1974. He talks about his decision to run for a seat in Congress, his campaigns, and his staff. He discusses legislation that came up in Congress during this time, his fellow representatives, and congressional procedure. He talks about the Vietnam War, the proliferation of nuclear weapons, and the Oregon Dunes. He also discusses his 1974 election loss.

Dellenback discusses serving as director of the Peace Corps from 1975 to 1977. He describes the mission and activities of the Peace Corps. He also talks about the 1992 presidential election. He talks about serving as president of the Christian College Coalition. He closes the interview by talking about his involvement with other faith-based organizations.

Dellenback, John R., 1918-2002

Oral history interview with Bill Hedlund

  • SR 1113
  • Collection
  • 1988-06-19

This oral history interview with Bill Hedlund was conducted by Richard McConnell on June 19, 1988. An unidentified woman was also present. In this interview, Hedlund discusses his experience in the Oregon House of Representatives from 1941 to 1942, and his experiences as a lobbyist. He discusses legislators and lobbyists he worked with, rules regarding lobbying activities, his involvement with the Democratic Party, and governors he served under while in the Legislature. He then looks at photographs and discusses them, his family history, and his early life in Portland. He discusses how he got interested in politics after he graduated from law school in 1935, and his jobs before running for the Legislature in 1940, including working for the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.

Hedlund, Bill (William Hancock), 1910-1994

Oral history interview with Bill Hedlund

This oral history interview with Bill Hedlund was conducted by Clark Hansen from September 4-25, 1990. In the interview, Hedlund discusses his family history and early life in Portland, Oregon, including notable people that his family knew, such as Oswald West; his memories of World War I; and his early involvement with the Democratic Party. He then discusses his experience during the Depression, and attending the University of Oregon and the Northwestern College of Law. He talks about his early career as a deputy U.S. marshal and on the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. He also discusses practicing law in Portland, then in the U.S. Attorney's office; the evolution of his political outlook; his father's political career; and his experience in the Coast Guard auxiliary during World War II. Hedlund then discusses his term in the Oregon House of Representatives from 1941 to 1942, including his campaign, his staff and office arrangements, and legislation. He then discusses working in the U.S. Attorney's office from 1943 to 1945, after leaving the Legislature. He also talks about his 33 years as a lobbyist, particularly for oil companies, from 1945 to 1977. He discusses issues the oil lobby was concerned with, including oil spills, gas additives, and environmental legislation. He also talks briefly about the plane accident that killed Secretary of State Robert S. Farrell, Jr., Senate President Marshall E. Cornett, and Governor Earl Snell. He discusses governors of Oregon and their staffs, as well as several legislators. He closes the interview by talking about the lobbying profession in more detail, particularly his work for oil companies, and his service as commissioner of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission from 1980 to 1987.

Hedlund, Bill (William Hancock), 1910-1994

Oral history interview with Betty Roberts

This oral history interview with Betty Roberts was conducted by Katherine Huff O'Neil at Roberts' home in Portland, Oregon, from October 24 to November 16, 2005. In addition to the audio recording of the interview, the collection includes 50 digital photographs depicting Roberts' childhood, family, and later judicial career and activities. The collection also includes an index to the photographs.

In the interview, Roberts discusses her family background and early life in Texas, including her father's disability and the financial strain her family suffered during the Depression. She also talks about her early education, including playing on a girls football team. She talks about attending Texas Wesleyan College; meeting Bill Rice and their subsequent marriage; and moving to Southern Oregon in 1946. She describes raising a family, and returning to college late in life to pursue a teaching career. She then talks about getting involved in Democratic politics while attending Portland State University; the difficulty of balancing school, work, politics, and family; and her 1962 marriage to Frank Roberts. She also discusses some of the discrimination she faced due to her age and gender. She talks about studying law at Northwestern College of Law, including her professors and fellow students.

Roberts discusses serving in the Oregon House of Representatives from 1965 to 1968. She talks about her experience as one of the few women in the Legislature, some of the legislation she worked on, and passing the Oregon bar in 1967. She talks about meeting Keith Skelton in the Legislature and their subsequent marriage in 1968. She then talks about serving in the Oregon Senate from 1969 to 1977. She describes the lack of a women's restroom in the Senate and other forms of discrimination she faced. She speaks at length about some of the legislation she worked on, particularly bills focusing on abortion and allowing married women to choose their names. She talks about other women legislators and the formation of the women's caucus in 1973, as well as much of the legislation on women's rights they worked on. She also discusses her committee assignments, practicing law in Portland while serving in the Legislature, and the formation of the Oregon Court of Appeals in 1977.

Roberts discussing serving as a judge on the Oregon Court of Appeals from 1977 to 1982. She discusses her appointment; her fellow judges, particularly Herb Schwab; and the sexism she faced. She then discusses serving as a justice on the Oregon Supreme Court from 1982 to 1986. She talks about her appointment, her fellow justices, and her experience as the first woman on the court. She also talks about some of the cases she heard and precedents set by her opinions. She then talks about her reasons for retiring in 1986, as well as her work as a mediator. Roberts and O'Neil close the interview by discussing the formation of Oregon Women Lawyers and some of that organization's activities.

Roberts, Betty, 1923-2011

Oral history interview with Becky Johnson

This oral history interview with Elizabeth Johnson was conducted by Rick Harmon and Jim Strassmaier at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland, Oregon, from June 25, 1986, to March 31, 1993. In the interview, Johnson discusses her family background and early life in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Bellevue, Ohio, including her family's religious faith, and life under Prohibition and during the Depression. She then discusses attending Miami University, including joining a sorority, her involvement with the YWCA, and the discrimination she saw. She also discusses attending Wellesley College, then teaching English to high school students. Johnson then talks about her experience as a woman in the Navy during World War II, serving with the WAVES, particularly her time stationed in Portland and Astoria, Oregon.

Johnson then discusses, at length, the family background and early life of her husband, Oregon State Representative Sam Johnson. She discusses Sam Johnson's youth and his education in the San Francisco area and in France, as well as his struggle with hereditary gout. She talks about their marriage and settling in Redmond, Oregon, and Sam's career with his family's timber business, including a trip they took to Chile to explore timber opportunities there. She also discusses the S.S. Johnson Foundation.

Johnson goes on to talk about her involvement in Oregon politics, including her involvement with the Oregon Republican Women's organization, campaigning for President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and particularly her role on the State Board of Education. She also talks about Sam Johnson's time in the Oregon House of Representatives, his relationship to the changing Republican Party, and legislation he was involved with. She also discusses his time as mayor of Redmond. Johnson closes the interview by talking about her family life.

Johnson, Becky (Elizabeth Avery Hill), 1913-2007

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