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Oral history interview with Cecil L. Edwards
- 1995-02-20 (Creation)
.1 cubic feet; 1 videocassette (1 hr., 34 min., 56 sec.) VHS
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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 L. Edwards was conducted by Alfred Jones on behalf of the Marion County Historical Society in Salem, Oregon. The interview was held at Edwards' home in Salem on February 20, 1995. In this interview, Edwards discusses his family background, his early life and education in Salem, and his service in the National Guard. He also talks about his early involvement with the Oregon Legislature as a secretary, including an anecdote on the fire that destroyed the Capitol building in 1935. Edwards then discusses his activities after becoming chief clerk of the House of Representatives in 1963, and then secretary of the Senate in 1965. He also talks about some of the governors that he served under, as well as Abigail Scott Duniway and woman suffrage. He discusses landmark legislation, including the Bottle Bill; the state archives; and his interest in Arabian horses.
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Collection is open for research.
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Copyright held by the Marion County Historical Society. In Copyright - http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/
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Preferred citation: Oral history interview with Cecil L. Edwards, by Alfred Jones, SR 3901, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.
Forms part of the Voices of the Valley Oral History Series.
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Finding aid based on DACS (Describing Archives: A Content Standard), 2nd Edition.