Series SR 1104 - Oral history interview with Cecil L. Edwards

Photograph of Cecil Edwards. Oral history interview with Cecil L. Edwards [Sound Recording 01] Oral history interview with Cecil L. Edwards [Sound Recording 02] Oral history interview with Cecil L. Edwards [Sound Recording 03] Oral history interview with Cecil L. Edwards [Sound Recording 04] Oral history interview with Cecil L. Edwards [Sound Recording 05] Oral history interview with Cecil L. Edwards [Sound Recording 06] Oral history interview with Cecil L. Edwards [Transcript]

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SR 1104

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Oral history interview with Cecil L. Edwards

Date(s)

  • 1988-05-18 - 1988-05-26 (Creation)

Extent

.1 cubic feet 3 audiocassettes (2 hr., 27 min., 24 sec.) + 1 photograph (color, 4 x 4 in.)

Name of creator

(1906-1995)

Biographical history

Cecil Leroy Edwards was born in Salem, Oregon, in 1906. He began working as a secretary for the Oregon Legislature in 1933, serving as chief clerk of Oregon House of Representatives in 1963, secretary of the Senate from 1965 to 1975, and legislative historian from 1975 to 1993. He died in 1995.

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This oral history interview with Cecil Edwards was conducted by Irvin Luiten from May 18 to 26, 1988. In the interview, Edwards discusses his family history and early life in Salem, Oregon, including his education and early interest in government. He then talks about his experiences working for the Oregon Legislature beginning in 1933. He discusses the old Capitol building, which burned down in 1935; campaigns he worked on, and the role of lobbyists. He also talks about working as secretary for Governor Charles Sprague. Edwards then describes his service in the National Guard during World War II, particularly working with horses and dogs. He talks about returning to work in Oregon government after the war ended, including serving on the Racing Commission; being fired by Governor Mark Hatfield; lobbying for the Oregon Cattlemen's Association; and returning to the Legislature to work as a secretary. He discusses the numerous committees he was secretary for, including the agriculture committee, fish and game committee, and land-use board. Edwards next discusses his tenure as secretary of the Senate from 1965 to 1975, focusing on many of the legislators he worked with, including Clarence Barton, Debbs Potts, and Jason Boe. He also speaks at length about redistricting, as well as the duties of the secretary of the Senate and Senate rules.

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Collection is open for research.

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In Copyright – Rights-Holder(s) Unlocatable or Unidentifiable: http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC-RUU/1.0/

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  • English

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Additional oral history interviews with Cecil L. Edwards are held by the Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

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Preferred citation: Oral history interview with Cecil L. Edwards, by Irvin Luiten, SR 1104, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

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Forms part of the Oregon Legislature Oral History Series.

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Incomplete transcript (101 pages) is 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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Archivist's note

Sarah Stroman

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