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General Arrangement of Shipyard, Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation

A blueprint map of the shipyard for Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation. The Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation was a shipyard managed by Kaiser Shipbuilding Corporation during World War II. The shipyard built Liberty and Victory ships for the U. S. Maritime Commission between 1941 and 1944. The plans are dated Dec. 14, 1944 with revisions noted March 14, 1945. The document is a blueline print mounted on cloth.

Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation

“Innocent Fun or Social Shame?”

The Urban League of Portland provided this explanation against staging minstrel shows and blackface in schools. It was published in the Oregon Education Journal, c.1950. Edwin “Bill” Berry, who would later become the Executive Director of the Chicago Urban League, included a note addressing the teachers and principals who were “deeply hurt when the matter is discussed with them.” The goal of the essay, Berry wrote, was to educate as many teachers as possible so that the League’s “efforts will be preventative rather than remedial.”

Urban League of Portland (Portland, Or.)

Flyer for MLK Portland visit

The first page of the Urban League of Portland News Roundup newsletter, dated October 1961, announcing Dr. Martin Luther King’s visit to Portland on November 8, 1961, invited people to attend his speech at the Civic Auditorium (now the Keller) and to make a small donation to pay for his travel expenses. King was invited by the Urban League to participate in the Annual Equal Opportunity Day, which is still held every year.

Urban League of Portland (Portland, Or.)

The Case Against the Administration of the Housing Authority of Portland

A report produced by the Portland chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in the fall of 1963. It lists grievances connected to racial discrimination, ethical violations, and general mismanagement at the Housing Authority of Portland.

Webb, Mayfield K.

Centennial Ode

A printed copy of the poem, “Centennial Ode,” written by Abigail Scott Duniway in commemoration of the Lewis and Clark Exposition in 1905.

Duniway, Abigail Scott, 1834-1915

True Temperance

A pamphlet entitled “True Temperance, by The Nestor of the Woman Suffrage Movement Mrs. Abigail Scott Duniway.” It was distributed by the United States Brewers' Association describing Duniway’s position against prohibition and in favor of true temperance, or self-restraint, over anti-alcohol legislation.

Duniway, Abigail Scott, 1834-1915

Abigail Scott Duniway Lecture Notes

Notes from a lecture given by Abigail Scott Duniway in which she reflects on Sacajawea, early white settlement in Oregon, and the importance of equal suffrage for women. The notes are written on the letterhead for the Oregon State Equal Suffrage Association.

Duniway, Abigail Scott, 1834-1915

Letter from Oregon Equal Suffrage Association

A letter addressed to “Dear Friend,” from members of the Oregon Equal Suffrage Association asking voters to vote yes on the equal suffrage amendment in the 1906 Oregon elections. The letter is signed by Abigail Scott Duniway, Mrs. Henry Waldo Coe, Charlotte M. Cartwright, Sarah A. Evans, and Esther C. Pohl.

Oregon Equal Suffrage Association

Oral History Interview with Bernie Foster, by Jan Dilg [Transcript]

Transcript. Bernie Foster discusses the history and daily operation of The Skanner, a Portland based African American newspaper. He also discusses some of the stories he published, his attempts to expand into radio, police brutality, local politics, and the naming of Union Ave. to Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Portland.

Foster, Bernie

Oral history interview with Tim Gauthier, by Jim Strassmaier [Index]

Index. Gauthier discusses his personal and professional life, including his career in National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), with special attention to his role, in tandem with President Ed Barnes of I.B.E.W. 48 [International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers], in establishing the Market Recovery Program (M.R.P.) in 1982. He also discusses the union response to the economic downturn of the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Oral history interviews with John Cooney, by Clark Hansen [Transcript]

Transcript. Judge Cooney begins this interview by discussing his family history and his early years in Missouri. He explains the organization of professional baseball in the late '40s and early '50s and fondly recalls his time with the New York Giants. While he talks about law school and raising a family while achieving a career, the majority of this four-and-a-half hour interview focuses on Judge Cooney's time with the District Court.

He discusses the unique role of the magistrate judge in Oregon, as well as the distinctions of Southern Oregon. Cooney explains the operation of the federal system, discusses the District Court's jurisdiction in issues involving federal lands, and clarifies the kinds of cases tried by magistrate judges. He also talks about the roles of his two experienced law clerks, describing their duties and abilities and crediting them with an important place in court operations. In addition, Judge Cooney discusses relations between magistrates and Article III judges, the relationships between various agencies, and being a judge in a small town.

The impact of technological advances in the court's operation is evident as Judge Cooney describes maintaining judicial collegiality in Southern Oregon through television appearances at the judges' Monday lunches, teleconferences, and regular phone calls. The focus of the interview is on the types of cases tried, the court's operations, and Judge Cooney's experiences within that operation, rather than on specific cases. He describes the remodeling of the courtroom in Medford and the complexity and wonder of computers and monitors that provide new ways to present visual evidence. The interview closes
with Judge Cooney's perspective on family life, his travels with Eleanor-whom he also credits for his success-and his future retirement.

Cooney, John P.

Oral history interviews with Windsor Dean Calkins, by Monica D. LaRosa [Transcript]

Transcript. Includes discussions of: family background and early life in Eugene, Oregon; education at University of Oregon and Willamette University Law School, Clark Honors College; portraits of Windsor Calkins (father) and Steve Deutsch; lobbying and drafting bills at the state legislature, including probate code; law practice in personal injury defense, medical malpractice, for public utilities, Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB) in particular, and for Sacred Heart Hospital, Eugene. Also includes discussions of court cases, including: Marilyn Durham v Donald Slocum M.D. before U.S. Judge Belloni; Norma Fay Kesey v State of Oregon et al., before Judge William Beckett; Dr. Carl Yeager v Sacred Heart Hospital, before Judge Hogan. Other topics include: professional organizations, including Eugene Inns of Court; U.S. Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference; family life and interest in music.

Calkins, Windsor Dean

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