Series Org. Lot 1368.G - Politics and government

Herbert Hoover at Benson Hotel, Portland Secretary of War George Henry Dern with wreath at cenotaph, Multnomah Stadium, Portland Paul F. Burris and W. Fred Drager outside Oregon State Capitol Fred Drager, James Vernon, Kenneth S. Perry, and Ed Duffy at opening of 1935 Oregon legislative s... James K. Weatherford and Representative John E. Cooter at opening of 1935 Oregon legislative session Portland Mayor Joseph K. Carson presenting police chief’s star to Burton K. Lawson Portland Mayor Joseph K. Carson signing document at his inauguration Senator Henry L. Corbett and Governor Charles H. Martin at opening of 1935 Oregon legislative ses... Portland Mayor Joseph K. Carson taking oath of office Portland Mayor Joseph K. Carson delivering radio address after his inauguration K. Miyako, Portland Mayor Joseph K. Carson, and H. I. Satoh with cake replica of Japanese garden Senators Henry L. Corbett and Isaac Staples at opening of 1935 Oregon legislative session Representatives Earl Hill and Jack Caufield at opening of 1935 Oregon legislative session Julius L. Meier being sworn in as governor of Oregon Three unidentified men at opening of 1935 Oregon legislative session? Julius L. Meier, Henry L. Corbett, and Charles H. Martin at opening of 1935 Oregon legislative se... Native people ride in commemorative pageant in Meacham, Oregon Franklin D. Roosevelt and crowd seated on stage at Portland Civic Auditorium President Franklin D. Roosevelt, James Roosevelt, Governor Julius L. Meier, and Congressman Charl... Franklin D. Roosevelt and crowd at Union Station in Portland Franklin D. Roosevelt, Chief Jobe Colwash, and crowd at Western Washington state fair Covered wagons in commemorative pageant in Meacham, Oregon President Warren G. Harding addressing crowd in Meacham, Oregon First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt speaking to unidentified people at Bonneville dam site. President Franklin D. Roosevelt arriving to give speech at Bonneville dam construction site First Lady Florence Harding, President Warren G. Harding, and Governor Walter M. Pierce in Meacha... President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Congressman Charles H. Martin, and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt ... First Lady Florence Harding on reviewing stand? in Meacham, Oregon
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Politics and government


  • 1910 - 1947 (Creation)


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The Oregon Journal was an afternoon newspaper based in Portland, Oregon. Originally founded in March 1902 by Alfred D. Bowen under the name Evening Journal, Charles Samuel (“Sam”) Jackson purchased the newspaper that July and renamed it the Oregon Journal. Originally located in the Goodnaugh Building, the Journal’s offices moved to the Jackson Tower in 1912, where they remained until 1948, when the paper moved into the Public Market building on Portland’s waterfront. The Jackson family retained ownership of the paper until the death of C. S. Jackson’s son Philip in 1953.

The Journal was known for some innovations. It shipped additional issues to Oregon’s coastal towns during the summer months as a means of boosting circulation. It was also the first newspaper in the United States to own a helicopter, and its waterfront building included a helicopter pad.

The Journal was considered a rival to Portland’s other major newspaper, the Oregonian, throughout its existence. The Journal’s editorials favored the Democratic Party, in contrast with the Oregonian’s Republican leanings, and expressed what some labeled an anti-establishment tone. However, the two papers became intertwined as time went on. In the 1950s, the Journal began to suffer from revenue losses, and discussed the possibility of sharing production facilities with the Oregonian. For the first five months of the protracted Portland newspaper strike which began in 1959, the Journal and Oregonian published joint issues. In August 1961, the Oregonian Publishing Company, by then owned by newspaper mogul Samuel I. Newhouse, purchased the Journal for $8 million. With this sale, the Journal offices and production facilities merged with those of the Oregonian on SW Broadway, although the Journal retained its own editorial department and tone.

The Journal’s highest circulation was at 201,000 in March 1948. By 1982, circulation had reduced to a little more than 100,000, and the paper struggled to remain relevant in an age where afternoon newspapers were considered obsolete. The Journal published its final issue on September 6, 1982. The paper’s staff and production were then absorbed into the Oregonian.

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Due to the high-risk nature of the format, the Oregon Journal negatives are not available to the public for physical access.

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Org. Lot 1368, Box 371 and 377, OHS Research Library

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In Copyright ; Copyright held by Oregonian Publishing Group.

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