Ted Hallock audio recordings

Interviews with Wayne Morse campaign staff [Sound Recording 01] Interviews with Wayne Morse campaign staff [Sound Recording 02] Interview with Aaron Brown [Sound Recording 01] Interview with Aaron Brown [Sound Recording 02]

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Reference code

SR 24523

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Ted Hallock audio recordings


  • 1966 - 1993 (Creation)


23 cubic feet; 23 record cartons

Name of creator

Biographical history

Joseph Theodore "Ted" Hallock was born in Los Angeles, California, in 1921. His family came to Portland, Oregon, in 1927. He began working in broadcasting while still in high school when his cousin, Homer Welch, got him a job in sound effects at KGW radio. He studied law at the University of Oregon, but joined the Air Force shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He and Muriel Myers married before his deployment. They divorced soon after he returned from the war in 1945. Shortly thereafter, he met Phyllis Natwick at a fundraiser, and they married in 1946. He gave up his plans to study law and went into journalism instead. He won several awards for his broadcasting work, including a Peabody. His work in journalism took him to England and Russia during the 1950s. In 1959, he founded an advertising agency, the Hallock Agency. He represented Multnomah County in the Oregon State Senate as a Democrat from 1963 to 1982. In 1968, he divorced again; he and Jackie Hull were married soon after. From 1988 to 1994, he was a member of the Northwest Power Planning Council. Hallock died in 2006.

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Scope and content

This collection of audio recordings consists predominantly of political advertising work created or managed by Ted Hallock for his public relations agency. Most of the materials are open-reel tapes and date from the late 1960s to the mid-1980s. All but two recordings in the collection are unprocessed.

The processed recordings consist of interviews conducted in 1968 and circa 1975. The 1968 interviews were conducted by an unidentified woman with staffers for U.S. Senator Wayne Morse's re-election campaign. Also on the reel tape with the staff interviews are variations of political ads, produced by Hallock's company, for the Morse campaign. The interview conducted circa 1975 was with Aaron Brown, who became the first black judge in Oregon in 1969 and later served as a judge on the Multnomah County District Court. The interview was conducted by an unidentified woman for Grassroot News Northwest.

Unprocessed recordings in the collection include political campaign materials for Oregon politicians such as Ted Kulongoski, Jim Weaver, Les AuCoin, Wayne Morse, Bob Straub, Mike Lindberg, Connie McCready, John Kitzhaber, and Bob Duncan. The recordings also include advertisements on political topics including sales taxes, ballot measures regarding zoo funding, and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. There are also business advertisements, including ads for Douglas Community Hospital, Bidwell & Co., and John's Landing.

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Conditions governing access

Collection is open for research.

Physical access

Recordings on open-reel tapes are not available for direct access. Contact library staff for assistance.

Technical access

Conditions governing reproduction

The Oregon Historical Society owns the materials in the Research Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from copyright owners.

Languages of the material

  • English

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Finding aids

Acquisition and appraisal elements

Custodial history

Immediate source of acquisition

Gift of Ted Hallock, July 2001 (Lib. Acc. 24523).

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Related archival materials

Hallock-Zarones promotional photographs collection, Org. Lot 1232, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

Oral history interview with Ted Hallock, by Clark Hansen, SR 1140, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

Photographs and video materials were separated to the photograph and moving image collections at the Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

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Notes element

General note

Preferred citation: Ted Hallock audio recordings, SR 24523, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

General note

The processed recordings, SR 24523-1 and SR 24523-2, were previously identified as SR 3908 and SR 1806, respectively.

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Rules or conventions

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

Sources used

Archivist's note

Sarah Stroman

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