Interview with Thomas H. Mercer

Interview with Thomas H. Mercer [Sound Recording 01] Interview with Thomas H. Mercer [Sound Recording 02] Interview with Thomas H. Mercer [Sound Recording 03] Interview with Thomas H. Mercer [Sound Recording 04]

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SR 3974

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Interview with Thomas H. Mercer


  • 1976 (Creation)


.1 cubic feet 3 audiocassettes (1 hr., 34 min., 31 sec.)

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Thomas H. Mercer was a Republican who ran unsuccessfully against Al Ullman for a seat in the Oregon House of Representatives in 1976.

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This interview with Thomas Mercer was conducted circa 1976. In the interview, Mercer, who was running against Al Ullman, discusses his current campaign for a seat in the Oregon House of Representatives. He also discusses his heart issues and how they have affected his career; gun control; and health care. In addition to the interview, there is a recording of a question-and-answer session with Mercer and voters during his campaign. In the session, Mercer addresses questions regarding abortion and taxation.

Also on the audiocassettes with the Mercer interview is a speech delivered by an unidentified man circa 1977, regarding his experience in the Oregon Legislature, and a discussion held in Salem, Oregon, also circa 1977. The speakers in the discussion include Robert Marx, Anthony Meeker, Margaret Dereli, Mae Yih, Bill Rutherford, Wally Carson, Ken Jernstedt, Tony Van Vliet, and other unidentified legislators. Topics include municipal-, county-, and state-level taxation; revenue sharing; correctional institutions; SB 100 and land use planning; and energy conservation. It is unknown what, if any, relationship these recordings have to the Mercer interview.

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Collection is open for research.

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  • English

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Preferred citation: Interview with Thomas H. Mercer, SR 3974, 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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