Collection SR 23 - Dedication of Bonneville Dam (Radio cut)

Dedication of Bonneville Dam. [Transcript] Dedication of Bonneville Dam (Radio Cut) [Sound Recording 1]

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SR 23

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Dedication of Bonneville Dam (Radio cut)


  • 1937-09-29 (Creation)


1 audiocassette (8 min., 21 sec.) + Transcript (6 pp)
online resource (1 audio file (8 min., 21 sec.) + Transcript (1 PDF file)

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Earl Wilcox Snell was born in Olex, Oregon on July 11, 1895 and completed his education at Oregon Institute of Technology in Portland. He served in WWI and entered state politics as a Republican in 1927. After tenures as speaker of the Oregon House and as Secretary of State between 1933 and 1942, Snell was elected governor. He was the incumbent when he died in an airplane crash on October 29, 1947.

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Recorded on September 29th 1937 at the opening of the Bonneville Dam and edited for the radio, the tape includes a speech by Oregon Secretary of State Earl Snell about traffic safety and a speech by President Franklin D. Roosevelt about urban development and growth, hydro-electricity, the Bonneville Dam, Columbia River development, regional planning and the Army Corps of Engineers.

Transcript includes the entire original speech by President Roosevelt.

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  • English

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President Roosevelt dedicating Bonneville Dam, by Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1937 September 29, SR 23, Oregon Historical Society Research Library

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Transcript published in The Public Papers and Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1937 Volume, (New York City: MacMillan Company, 1941), p. 387.

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Sound recording was edited for an unknown radio broadcast.

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