Collection SR 70 - Oral history interview with Omar C. Palmer

Oral history interview with Omar C. Palmer [Sound Recording 01] Oral history interview with Omar C. Palmer [Sound Recording 02]

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SR 70

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Oral history interview with Omar C. Palmer

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  • 1982-12-06 (Creation)

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.1 cubic feet; 1 audiocassette (54 min., 30 sec.)

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Biographical history

Omar Clyde "Slug" Palmer was born in St. John, Washington, in 1908. He was a descendant of Joel Palmer, superintendent of Indian Affairs for the Oregon Territory from 1853 to 1856. In 1934, he and Constantine "Connie" L. Baker were married; they later had one child. He served on the Oregon Fish Commission. He died in 2003.

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This oral history interview with Omar C. Palmer was conducted by Terence O'Donnell on December 6, 1982. The interview was conducted as research for O'Donnell's book "An Arrow in the Earth: General Joel Palmer and the Indians of Oregon."

In this interview, Palmer discusses his ancestor Joel Palmer, who served as superintendent of Indian Affairs for the Oregon Territory from 1853 to 1856. He reads from family documents, letters, and newspaper articles regarding Joel Palmer's life and career and talks about treaties with Native Americans that Joel Palmer helped to negotiate. He discusses the Native American reservation system, and Joel Palmer's role in its formation. He talks about Palmer family history, particularly the overland journey of Joel Palmer to Oregon on the Barlow Road in 1847. He also briefly discusses his own early life in eastern Washington and southern Idaho.

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Copyright for this interview is held by the Oregon Historical Society. Use is allowed according to the following statement: Creative Commons - BY-NC-SA, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/.

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  • English

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Papers of Joel Palmer, Mss 114, are held by the Oregon Historical Society Research Library and are viewable online at https://digitalcollections.ohs.org/us-ohy-mss-114.

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Publication notes

This interview was conducted as research for the book "An arrow in the earth: General Joel Palmer and the Indians of Oregon," written by Terence O'Donnell and published by Oregon Historical Society Press, Portland, Oregon, 1991.

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Preferred citation: Oral history interview with Omar C. Palmer, by Terence O'Donnell, SR 70, 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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