Oral history interview with Nancy E. Stevens

Oral history interview with Nancy E. Stevens [Sound Recording]

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SR 9386

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Oral history interview with Nancy E. Stevens


  • 1981-01-29 (Creation)


0.1 cubic feet; 1 audiocassette (30 min., 21 sec.)

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Nancy Elizabeth Stevens, nee Rogers, was born in Portland, Oregon, in 1923. In 1943, she and Howard Scholz were married; Scholz was later killed in the Pacific Theater during World War II. After the war, she and Rodney David Stevens were married; they later had four children. Her family once lived on land that later became Blue Lake Regional Park in Fairview, Oregon; prior to the arrival of Euro-Americans, the area was the home of Nichaqwli people, a band of the Chinook. Stevens was an activist against the construction of the Mount Hood Freeway, served as president of Portland Beautification and ran for seats in the state Legislature and as a Multnomah County commissioner. She died in 2021.

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This oral history interview with Nancy E. Stevens was conducted by Dale Archibald, Susan Horton, and Robert Keeler at Blue Lake Regional Park in Fairview, Oregon, on January 29, 1981. Susan Horton was also recording video at the time of the interview.

In this interview, Stevens directs a driving tour of Blue Lake Park. She uses a 1930 U.S. Geographic Survey map to point out the former locations of buildings, piers, and Native sites. She talks about her childhood on the land when it was owned by her family, including fishing in the lake and people who lived in the area. They all also discuss Multnomah County's plans for the park.

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Copyright for this interview is held by the estate of Nancy E. Stevens and the individual interviewers. Use is allowed according to the following statement: In Copyright - http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/

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  • English

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Preferred citation: Oral history interview with Nancy E. Stevens, by Dale Archibald, Susan Horton, and Robert Keeler, SR 9386, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

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An incomplete transcript (16 pages) is available for in-person use at the 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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