Oral history interview with Agnes Barchus

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SR 9407

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Oral history interview with Agnes Barchus


  • 1980-03-03 (Creation)


.1 cubic feet; 1 audiocassette ( 1 hr., 1 min., 50 sec.) + 4 photographs (black and white)

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Agnes J. Barchus was born in 1893. She was the first woman minutes clerk in the Oregon State Legislature, beginning in 1927. She also wrote a biography of her mother, Oregon artist Eliza R. Barchus. She died in 1983.

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This oral history interview with Agnes Barchus was conducted by Karen A. Reyes at Barchus' home in Portland, Oregon, on March 3, 1980. In this interview, Barchus discusses the art career of her mother, Eliza R. Barchus, including her exhibits at the Portland Hotel and the 1905 Lewis and Clark Exposition in Portland, as well as her innovation of selling prints of her paintings on postcards. Barchus also shares her memories of the 1905 Lewis and Clark Exposition, describing many of the buildings and exhibits in detail. She describes some of the houses that her mother built in Portland, her mother's practice of paying her bills in trade, and her mother's efforts to save several boxwood trees from a construction project. She talks about the renewed interest in her mother's artwork after Eliza Barchus' death in 1959, exhibitions of her mother's work in the 1960s and 1970s, and the passage of a resolution naming Eliza Barchus "The Oregon Artist."

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Collection is open for research.

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

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  • English

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A copy of: Eliza R. Barchus, the Oregon artist, 1857-1959, by Agnes Barchus, is held at the Oregon Historical Research Library.

Eliza Barchus slides, Org. Lot 1054, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

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Preferred citation: Oral history interview with Agnes Barchus, by Karen A. Reyes, SR 9407, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

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Handwritten index (1 page) 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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