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Oral history interview with Don E. Clark [Session 28, Recording 03 & Session 29, Recording 01]

Tape 42, Side 1. In the twenty-eighth interview session, conducted on February 20, 1998, Clark continues discussing serving as executive director of the Housing Authority of Portland. He talks about people he hired, the differences between the Housing Authority and Central City Concern, and Mayor Bud Clark’s 12-point plan for Portland’s unhoused population. He describes the funding structure of the Housing Authority and the services it provided. He talks about gang and drug activity at Columbia Villa and describes how the Housing Authority responded, including people he hired. In the twenty-ninth and final interview session, conducted on March 27, 1998, Clark continues to discuss serving as executive director of the Housing Authority of Portland. He continues talking about gang and drug activity at Columbia Villa and describes how the Housing Authority responded, including establishing a law enforcement presence in the neighborhood, radically changing the nature of the policing methods used, and increasing maintenance of the buildings. He talks about the positive long-term effects of the Housing Authority’s response. He closes the interview by discussing his reasons for retiring in 1992.

Clark, Don E. (Donald Edward), 1933-

Oral history interview with Don E. Clark

  • SR 1166
  • Collection
  • 1994-08-30 - 1998-03-27

This oral history interview with Don E. Clark was conducted by George M. Joseph at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland, Oregon, from August 30, 1994 to March 27, 1998. The interview was conducted over twenty-nine sessions, and the collection includes a transcript. Tape 13 of this interview is missing, and some sections of the interview have been restricted by Clark.

In sessions 1 through 5, Clark discusses his early life and career, including working as a prison guard at San Quentin State Prison in California and then as a deputy for the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office. In sessions 5 and 6, he discusses his 1962 campaign for Multnomah County sheriff. In sessions 7 through 9, he continues to speak about his campaign, and then discusses serving as Multnomah County sheriff from 1962 to 1966. In sessions 10 and 11, he discusses his 1966 re-election campaign for Multnomah County sheriff and his simultaneous campaign for chair of the Multnomah County board of commissioners; serving as assistant director of the Law Enforcement Program at Portland State University from 1967 to 1968, and his 1968 campaign for position 4 on the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners. In sessions 12 through 15, Clark talks about serving on the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners, focusing on the years from 1969 to 1974. In sessions 16 through 20, he talks about campaigning for and serving as chair of the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners from 1975 to 1979. In sessions 21 through 24, Clark discusses serving as county executive from 1979 to 1982, and his 1982 campaign for Oregon governor. In sessions 25 through 29, Clark talks about his activities since leaving office, including serving as executive director of the Burnside Consortium, now known as Central City Concern, from 1984 to 1988, and as executive director of the Housing Authority of Portland, now known as Home Forward, from 1988 to 1992.

Clark, Don E. (Donald Edward), 1933-

Oral history interview with Kernan H. Bagley [Transcript]

Transcript. This oral history interview with Kernan H. Bagley was conducted by Brent E. Turvey from February 9 to March 17, 1993. In this interview, Bagley discusses his family background and early life on a farm near Portland, Oregon, particularly the experience of growing up black in a predominantly white area, as well as his early education and religious upbringing. He talks about the importance of role models for young African Americans, citing Multnomah County sheriff Don E. Clark as one of his own. He speaks at length about family and social values. He talks briefly about his college education; meeting his wife, Shirlene Peacher, and starting a family; and getting started in his law enforcement career. He discusses serving as a deputy Multnomah County sheriff and the discrimination he faced there. He then talks about serving as a U.S. marshal, the duties of the marshals, and the political process of his appointment to deputy U.S. marshal for the District of Oregon. He describes the popular perception of the U.S. marshals versus the reality; the process of prisoner transportation; and his thoughts on police brutality and the recent Rodney King video. He closes the interview by discussing the prison system, including its funding and effectiveness at rehabilitation.

Bagley, Kernan H., 1936-

Oral history interview with Kernan H. Bagley

This oral history interview with Kernan H. Bagley was conducted by Brent E. Turvey from February 9 to March 17, 1993. In this interview, Bagley discusses his family background and early life on a farm near Portland, Oregon, particularly the experience of growing up black in a predominantly white area, as well as his early education and religious upbringing. He talks about the importance of role models for young African Americans, citing Multnomah County sheriff Don E. Clark as one of his own. He speaks at length about family and social values. He talks briefly about his college education; meeting his wife, Shirlene Peacher, and starting a family; and getting started in his law enforcement career. He discusses serving as a deputy Multnomah County sheriff and the discrimination he faced there. He then talks about serving as a U.S. marshal, the duties of the marshals, and the political process of his appointment to deputy U.S. marshal for the District of Oregon. He describes the popular perception of the U.S. marshals versus the reality; the process of prisoner transportation; and his thoughts on police brutality and the recent Rodney King video. He closes the interview by discussing the prison system, including its funding and effectiveness at rehabilitation.

Bagley, Kernan H., 1936-

Tom McCall speech on Vortex I music festival

  • SR 9089
  • Collection
  • 1970

This speech by Tom McCall was given at Portland Television Studios in 1970 and broadcast on KGW-TV. This audio recording of the speech was made by an unknown individual from the television broadcast. The broadcast begins with a weather report and two commercials.

In the speech, McCall discusses the actions taken by the Portland and Multnomah County governments in response to protests expected to be held by the People's Army Jamboree against an upcoming American Legion convention. He describes plans for the music festival known as Vortex I as a way to mitigate the possibility of violence.

After the speech, the recording includes additional commercials and remarks by news analyst Floyd McKay. The recording ends with audio from the evening news broadcast about McCall's speech, including excerpts of the speech and McKay's remarks.

McCall, Tom, 1913-1983

Oral history interview with Don E. Clark [Session 01, Recording 01]

Tape 1, Side 1. In the first session, conducted on August 30, 1994, Clark speaks at length about his family background, particularly the Kelly and Kern families. He talks about his early life, including his education, his memories of his parents, and his experiences during World War II. He discusses his involvement in high school student government and how that experience influenced his later political career.

Clark, Don E. (Donald Edward), 1933-

Oral history interview with Don E. Clark [Session 01, Recording 02]

Tape 1, Side 2. In the first session, conducted on August 30, 1994, Clark speaks at length about his family background, particularly the Kelly and Kern families. He talks about his early life, including his education, his memories of his parents, and his experiences during World War II. He discusses his involvement in high school student government and how that experience influenced his later political career.

Clark, Don E. (Donald Edward), 1933-

Oral history interview with Don E. Clark [Session 04, Recording 01]

Tape 5, Side 1. In the fourth interview session, conducted on August 8, 1995, Clark continues discussing working as a deputy in the Multnomah County Sheriff’s office. He talks about his reason for choosing the sheriff’s office over the Portland Police Bureau; discusses the merits of the sheriff being an elected position; and describes the differences between the sheriff’s office and municipal police departments. He talks about the importance of law enforcement having a good relationship with the community. He also talks about serving as a jail counselor at Rocky Butte Jail in 1958, teaching elementary school, and working with Sheriff Francis Lambert.

Clark, Don E. (Donald Edward), 1933-

Oral history interview with Don E. Clark [Session 05, Recording 01]

Tape 6, Side 1. In the fifth interview session, conducted on August 16, 1995, Clark continues discussing working with Sheriff Francis Lambert. He talks about the organizational structure of the sheriff’s office, officer training, and making the decision to run for the position of sheriff in 1962. He describes his campaign and election, including his campaign staff, his strategy, and his opponents in the Democratic primary and general election.

Clark, Don E. (Donald Edward), 1933-

Oral history interview with Don E. Clark [Session 09, Recording 01]

Tape 14, Side 1. In the ninth interview session, conducted on February 28, 1995, Clark continues discussing his service as Multnomah County sheriff. He speaks at length about deputy recruitment, job requirements, and training. He also talks about his efforts to hire more Black, Native American, and women deputies. He discusses the lasting impacts his efforts at reform had on the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office. He talks about the implementation of Home Rule in 1966 and how it changed the office of sheriff to an appointed one, and the confusing election season that year.

Clark, Don E. (Donald Edward), 1933-

Oral history interview with Don E. Clark [Session 11, Recording 04]

Tape 17, Side 2. In the eleventh interview session, conducted on March 14, 1996, Clark continues discussing serving as assistant director of the Law Enforcement Program at Portland State University, including the focus of the courses he taught and hiring Lee Brown as director. He also talks about serving on the Oregon Criminal Law Revision Commission, his continued interest in local politics, and his involvement in Robert F. Kennedy’s 1968 presidential campaign. He then discusses his campaign for position 4 on the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners that same year.

Clark, Don E. (Donald Edward), 1933-

Oral history interview with Don E. Clark [Session 15, Recording 01]

Tape 24, Side 1. In the fifteenth interview session, conducted on August 29, 1996, Clark continues to discuss serving on the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners. He revisits the topic of the Mount Hood Freeway and talks about other transportation issues in Multnomah County. He also talks about the organizational structure of the old regional government known as CRAG, which was replaced by Metro.

Clark, Don E. (Donald Edward), 1933-

Oral history interview with Don E. Clark [Session 16, Recording 01]

Tape 24, Side 2. In the sixteenth interview session, conducted on October 3, 1996, Clark continues discussing serving on the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners. He talks about the organizational structure of county government, as well as the department heads. He discusses his campaign for chair of Multnomah County Board of Commissioners in 1974, as well as the campaign for city/county consolidation.

Clark, Don E. (Donald Edward), 1933-

Oral history interview with Don E. Clark [Session 17, Recording 01]

Tape 26, Side 1. In the seventeenth interview session, conducted on October 22, 1996, Clark continues discussing serving on the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners. He further discusses his campaign for chair of the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners in 1974, as well as the campaign for city/county consolidation. He speaks at length about the people he tapped for his administration after he became chair in 1975. He talks about his work on land-use planning for the county, on downsizing county government, and on Project Health.

Clark, Don E. (Donald Edward), 1933-

Oral history interview with Don E. Clark [Session 25, Recording 02]

Tape 38, Side 2. In the twenty-fifth interview session, conducted on October 9, 1997, Clark continues discussing his interest in helping unhoused people and talks about serving as executive director of the Burnside Consortium, which is now known as Central City Concern, from 1984 to 1988. He discusses the creation, organization, and mission of the Burnside Consortium. He speaks at length about the financial situation of the consortium at the beginning of his directorship and the steps he took to solve the issue. He describes the various programs that the Burnside Consortium administered, as well as the name change to Central City Concern.

Clark, Don E. (Donald Edward), 1933-

Oral history interview with Don E. Clark [Session 26, Recording 01]

Tape 39, Side 1. In the twenty-sixth interview session, conducted on February 2, 1998, Clark continues to discuss serving as executive director of the Burnside Consortium and Central City Concern. He also talks briefly about the Burnside Community Council and Burnside Projects, now known as Transition Projects. He speaks the Burnside Consortium’s relationship with the Portland business community and with Portland Mayor Bud Clark. He also briefly talks about the appointment of Penny Harrington as Portland police chief. He then revisits the topics of the financial situation at Central City Concern during his directorship and his successors in county government. He also talks about people he knew who worked for TriMet.

Clark, Don E. (Donald Edward), 1933-

Oral history interview with Don E. Clark [Session 27, Recording 01]

Tape 40, Side 1. In the twenty-seventh interview session, conducted on February 13, 1998, Clark discusses Neil Goldschmidt's campaign for Oregon governor in 1986, shares his opinion of Goldschmidt’s governorship, and talks about serving on the Columbia River Gorge Commission. He then continues to discuss serving as executive director of the Burnside Consortium. He talks about serving as executive director of the Housing Authority of Portland, now known as Home Forward, from 1988 to 1992. He describes his agenda as executive director and the first actions he took in that position.

Clark, Don E. (Donald Edward), 1933-

Oral history interview with Don E. Clark [Session 29, Recording 03]

Tape 43, Side 1. In the twenty-ninth and final interview session, conducted on March 27, 1998, Clark continues to discuss serving as executive director of the Housing Authority of Portland. He continues talking about gang and drug activity at Columbia Villa and describes how the Housing Authority responded, including establishing a law enforcement presence in the neighborhood, radically changing the nature of the policing methods used, and increasing maintenance of the buildings. He talks about the positive long-term effects of the Housing Authority’s response. He closes the interview by discussing his reasons for retiring in 1992.

Clark, Don E. (Donald Edward), 1933-

Oral history interview with Kernan H. Bagley [Sound Recording 03]

Tape 2, Side 2. This oral history interview with Kernan H. Bagley was conducted by Brent E. Turvey from February 9 to March 17, 1993. In this interview, Bagley discusses his family background and early life on a farm near Portland, Oregon, particularly the experience of growing up black in a predominantly white area, as well as his early education and religious upbringing. He talks about the importance of role models for young African Americans, citing Multnomah County sheriff Don E. Clark as one of his own. He speaks at length about family and social values. He talks briefly about his college education; meeting his wife, Shirlene Peacher, and starting a family; and getting started in his law enforcement career. He discusses serving as a deputy Multnomah County sheriff and the discrimination he faced there. He then talks about serving as a U.S. marshal, the duties of the marshals, and the political process of his appointment to deputy U.S. marshal for the District of Oregon. He describes the popular perception of the U.S. marshals versus the reality; the process of prisoner transportation; and his thoughts on police brutality and the recent Rodney King video. He closes the interview by discussing the prison system, including its funding and effectiveness at rehabilitation.

Bagley, Kernan H., 1936-

Oral history interview with Kernan H. Bagley [Sound Recording 04]

Tape 3, Side 1. This oral history interview with Kernan H. Bagley was conducted by Brent E. Turvey from February 9 to March 17, 1993. In this interview, Bagley discusses his family background and early life on a farm near Portland, Oregon, particularly the experience of growing up black in a predominantly white area, as well as his early education and religious upbringing. He talks about the importance of role models for young African Americans, citing Multnomah County sheriff Don E. Clark as one of his own. He speaks at length about family and social values. He talks briefly about his college education; meeting his wife, Shirlene Peacher, and starting a family; and getting started in his law enforcement career. He discusses serving as a deputy Multnomah County sheriff and the discrimination he faced there. He then talks about serving as a U.S. marshal, the duties of the marshals, and the political process of his appointment to deputy U.S. marshal for the District of Oregon. He describes the popular perception of the U.S. marshals versus the reality; the process of prisoner transportation; and his thoughts on police brutality and the recent Rodney King video. He closes the interview by discussing the prison system, including its funding and effectiveness at rehabilitation.

Bagley, Kernan H., 1936-

Oral history interview with Kernan H. Bagley [Sound Recording 05]

Tape 4, Side 1. This oral history interview with Kernan H. Bagley was conducted by Brent E. Turvey from February 9 to March 17, 1993. In this interview, Bagley discusses his family background and early life on a farm near Portland, Oregon, particularly the experience of growing up black in a predominantly white area, as well as his early education and religious upbringing. He talks about the importance of role models for young African Americans, citing Multnomah County sheriff Don E. Clark as one of his own. He speaks at length about family and social values. He talks briefly about his college education; meeting his wife, Shirlene Peacher, and starting a family; and getting started in his law enforcement career. He discusses serving as a deputy Multnomah County sheriff and the discrimination he faced there. He then talks about serving as a U.S. marshal, the duties of the marshals, and the political process of his appointment to deputy U.S. marshal for the District of Oregon. He describes the popular perception of the U.S. marshals versus the reality; the process of prisoner transportation; and his thoughts on police brutality and the recent Rodney King video. He closes the interview by discussing the prison system, including its funding and effectiveness at rehabilitation.

Bagley, Kernan H., 1936-

Oral history interview with Don E. Clark [Session 03, Recording 02]

Tape 4, Side 2. In the third interview session, conducted on July 25, 1995, Clark continues discussing working as a prison guard at San Quentin State Prison. He talks about prison labor, particularly the use of incarcerated people to fight fires, and about some of the incarcerated people he oversaw. He then speaks briefly about the history of the prison industrial complex. He talks about returning to Oregon in 1956 and working as a deputy in the Multnomah County Sheriff’s office, including his assignments, the history of the sheriff’s office, and working under Sheriff Terry Schrunk.

Clark, Don E. (Donald Edward), 1933-

Oral history interview with Don E. Clark [Session 04, Recording 02]

Tape 5, Side 1. In the fourth interview session, conducted on August 8, 1995, Clark continues discussing working as a deputy in the Multnomah County Sheriff’s office. He talks about his reason for choosing the sheriff’s office over the Portland Police Bureau; discusses the merits of the sheriff being an elected position; and describes the differences between the sheriff’s office and municipal police departments. He talks about the importance of law enforcement having a good relationship with the community. He also talks about serving as a jail counselor at Rocky Butte Jail in 1958, teaching elementary school, and working with Sheriff Francis Lambert.

Clark, Don E. (Donald Edward), 1933-

Oral history interview with Don E. Clark [Session 05, Recording 02]

Tape 6, Side 2. In the fifth interview session, conducted on August 16, 1995, Clark continues discussing working with Sheriff Francis Lambert. He talks about the organizational structure of the sheriff’s office, officer training, and making the decision to run for the position of sheriff in 1962. He describes his campaign and election, including his campaign staff, his strategy, and his opponents in the Democratic primary and general election.

Clark, Don E. (Donald Edward), 1933-

Oral history interview with Don E. Clark [Session 07, Recording 01]

Tape 8, Side 1. In the seventh interview session, conducted on November 1, 1995, Clark continues discussing his campaign for and election to Multnomah County sheriff in 1962, including his platform. He then discusses his service as Multnomah County sheriff from 1962 to 1966. He talks about the role of the sheriff’s office, the organizational structure of the office, and reforms he instituted, including his efforts to hire more women and people of color. He talks about his relationship with the police union and about increasing the pay for deputies.

Clark, Don E. (Donald Edward), 1933-

Oral history interview with Don E. Clark [Session 08, Recording 03]

Tape 10, Side 1. In the eighth interview session, conducted on January 24, 1996, Clark continues discussing his service as Multnomah County sheriff from 1962 to 1966. He talks about members of his staff, working with the Board of County Commissioners, and working with the Portland Police Bureau. He speaks at length about reforms he instituted at the sheriff’s office, including education requirements, crime scene procedures, and reorganization efforts. He talks about emergency response, sheriff jurisdiction, and officer training. He also describes appearing on Tom McCall’s television show in 1963 alongside Sheriff Jim Clark of Dallas County, Alabama. He then talks about his involvement in the National Sheriffs Association and the Oregon State Sheriffs Association, and describes how the Oregon association threatened to leave the national one if Sheriff Jim Clark were to become president. He discusses his opposition to the death penalty, his relationship with the press, and the jails he was responsible for. He speaks at length about prison conditions, reforms he implemented, and some of the incarcerated people. He also talks about an officer exchange between the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office and the Lancashire Constabulary in England. The remainder of this session (Tape 13) is missing.

Clark, Don E. (Donald Edward), 1933-

Oral history interview with Don E. Clark [Session 08, Recording 05]

Tape 11, Side 1. In the eighth interview session, conducted on January 24, 1996, Clark continues discussing his service as Multnomah County sheriff from 1962 to 1966. He talks about members of his staff, working with the Board of County Commissioners, and working with the Portland Police Bureau. He speaks at length about reforms he instituted at the sheriff’s office, including education requirements, crime scene procedures, and reorganization efforts. He talks about emergency response, sheriff jurisdiction, and officer training. He also describes appearing on Tom McCall’s television show in 1963 alongside Sheriff Jim Clark of Dallas County, Alabama. He then talks about his involvement in the National Sheriffs Association and the Oregon State Sheriffs Association, and describes how the Oregon association threatened to leave the national one if Sheriff Jim Clark were to become president. He discusses his opposition to the death penalty, his relationship with the press, and the jails he was responsible for. He speaks at length about prison conditions, reforms he implemented, and some of the incarcerated people. He also talks about an officer exchange between the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office and the Lancashire Constabulary in England. The remainder of this session (Tape 13) is missing.

Clark, Don E. (Donald Edward), 1933-

Oral history interview with Don E. Clark [Session 08, Recording 08]

Tape 12, Side 2. In the eighth interview session, conducted on January 24, 1996, Clark continues discussing his service as Multnomah County sheriff from 1962 to 1966. He talks about members of his staff, working with the Board of County Commissioners, and working with the Portland Police Bureau. He speaks at length about reforms he instituted at the sheriff’s office, including education requirements, crime scene procedures, and reorganization efforts. He talks about emergency response, sheriff jurisdiction, and officer training. He also describes appearing on Tom McCall’s television show in 1963 alongside Sheriff Jim Clark of Dallas County, Alabama. He then talks about his involvement in the National Sheriffs Association and the Oregon State Sheriffs Association, and describes how the Oregon association threatened to leave the national one if Sheriff Jim Clark were to become president. He discusses his opposition to the death penalty, his relationship with the press, and the jails he was responsible for. He speaks at length about prison conditions, reforms he implemented, and some of the incarcerated people. He also talks about an officer exchange between the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office and the Lancashire Constabulary in England. The remainder of this session (Tape 13) is missing.

Clark, Don E. (Donald Edward), 1933-

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