Oral history interview with Bob Christ

Oral history interview with Bob Christ [Video 01]

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SR 11004

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Oral history interview with Bob Christ


  • 1990-09-28 - 1990-09-28 (Creation)


.1 cubic feet 1 videocassette (1 hr., 40 min., 15 sec.) VHS

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Biographical history

Robert "Bob" Marvin Christ was born in Portland, Oregon, in 1927. He was a lawyer in Portland and clerk of the U.S. District Court of Oregon. He died in 2019.

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This oral history interview with Bob Christ was conducted by Jack G. Collins on September 28, 1990, with introductory comments by William F. White. White introduces the recording with the title "The Mover for the Shakers." In the interview, Christ briefly describes his early life in Portland, Oregon; his education; and his early career as a lawyer. He then discusses how he began his career as a law clerk at the U.S. District Court of Oregon in Portland, including his initial conversation with George Juba; assembling his staff; and the duties of the job. Christ talks about the procedures of the District Court and about judges he worked with, particularly Gus Solomon. He also talks about the transition to the digital age and other changes to the court. He closes the interview with an anecdote about finding what he thought was a bomb in the court bathroom, and the story of the impeachment of Judge Harry Claiborne of Nevada.

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Copyright for this interview is held by the estate of Bob Christ. In Copyright: http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/

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  • English

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Immediate source of acquisition

Incomplete transcript: gift of the U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society, May 2005 (Lib. Acc. 25708).

Video recording: Gift of the U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society, January 2005 (Lib. Acc. 25578).

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Preferred citation: Oral history interview with Bob Christ, by Jack G. Collins, SR 11004, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

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Forms part of the United States District Court Oral History Project.

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Incomplete transcript (36 pages) available for in-person use at the Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

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Finding aid based on DACS (Describing Archives: A Content Standard), 2nd Edition.

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Sarah Stroman

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