Item SR9044_T03S1 - Oral History Interview with Vera Katz, by Linda Brody (Sound Recording 05)

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Oral History Interview with Vera Katz, by Linda Brody (Sound Recording 05)


  • 1992-05-19 (Creation)


Audiocassette; 00:26:09

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Vera Katz was born Vera Pistrak in 1933 in Dusseldorf, Germany. Her family moved to the United States during World War II, where she grew up in New York. After moving to Portland, Oregon in 1962, she embarked upon a political career. She served in the Oregon House of Representatives, representing Portland and Multnomah County, from 1972 to 1990, where she became the first woman Speaker of the House in 1985. She then served as Portland Mayor from 1993-2005.

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Tape 3, Side 1. Vera Katz discusses her early life and education, and later political career through 1982. Her family immigrated to the United States during world War II and she grew up in New York, where she became involved in Modern Dance, studying under Martha Graham. After moving to Portland to support her husband's art career, she became involved in local politics, ultimately becoming a State Representative in 1973, where she was a part of the 1973 Women's Caucus, which passed many landmark pieces of legislation. She also discusses her plans for the future.

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Creative Commons - Attribution, Non-Commercial, ShareAlike (BY-NC-SA)

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  • eng

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Oral History Interview with Vera Katz, by Linda Brody, 1992 April 28 - May 19, SR 9044, Oregon Historical Society Research Library

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