Margaret Hill papers, circa 1981-1987  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Hill, Margaret, 1921-2016
Title
Margaret Hill papers
Dates
circa 1981-1987
Quantity
9.75 linear feet, (10 containers)
Collection Number
Coll 425
Summary
Margaret Hill was mayor of Antelope, Oregon until she was voted out of office and the city government was taken over by the Rajneesh sect. She was one of the first to sound the alarm about the undemocratic methods of the cult and generated a nationwide expression of sympathy for the plight of Antelope.
Repository
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
97403-1299
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
spcarref@uoregon.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Margaret Hill (1921-2016) was mayor of Antelope, Oregon until she was voted out of office and the city government was taken over by the Rajneesh sect. She was one of the first to sound the alarm about the undemocratic methods of the cult and generated a nationwide expression of sympathy for the plight of Antelope.

Between 1981 and 1985, the followers of the Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh built a substantial utopia on Easter Oregon. At its peak it housed between 2,000 and 3,000 residents along with a number of visitors and students. Their efforts to achieve independence by controlling local government units such as the town of Antelope and Wasco County often by undemocratic and illegal methods caused the community to be viewed negatively by Oregon residents. By 1985 legal action by the State, pressure by environmental groups, negative publicity and deportation of the Bhagwan by the U.S. Government brought an end to the experiment.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of correspondence with state officials and organizations generating opposition to the Rajneesh, planning and zoning documents of county governments and of Rajneeshpuram, and quantities of correspondence expressing sympathy towards the town of Antelope.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Margaret Hill papers, Coll 425, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Restrictions on Use

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Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  PapersReturn to Top

Container(s): Box , Folder

Abstract:

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
City of Rajneesh vs. Conservation and Development Comm.
1 2
Revision of Wasco County Comprehensive Plan
1 3
Wasco County zoning memo
1 3
Details of change
1 3
Policies and implementation statements
1 4
City of Rajneeshpuram Comprehensive Plan, Volume I
1 5
City of Rajneeshpuram Comprehensive Plan, Volume II
1 10
Sympathy Letters
1 11
Sympathy Letters
1 12
Media Correspondence
1 13
Pro Rajneesh material
2
Assorted Sympathy Correspondence U.S. and abroad
3
Assorted Sympathy Correspondence U.S. and abroad
5 1
Charter of the City of Antelope
5 2
Regulations for oral presentations at Antelope
1983-1984
5 3
Wasco County real property assessment values
1983
5 4
Langhlins addition to the City of Rajneesh
1985
5 5
Public official liability insurance
1986
5 6
Department of General Services Newsletter
July 1986
5 7
Oregon Roads Newsletter
Summer 1986
5 8
City Council meetings and clippings
5 9
Real estate sales in Antelope: 1981-1983
5 10
Rajneesh press release
1983
5 11
Memorandum to Antelope City Council from Ma Anand Sagun and Ma Prem Kavido
April 5, 1983

Series II:  CorrespondenceReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 6

Abstract:

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 6
Township of Montclair, N.J. to M. Hill
1 6
M. Hill to Paul Gerhardt; 1000 Friends
October 17, 1981
1 6
Keith Mobley to Antelope Mayor
March 11, 1982
1 6
Gov. Vic Atiyeh to M. Hill
March 24, 1982
1 6
Umpqua Chamber of Commerce to M. Hill
May 12, 1982
1 6
Sen. Mark Hatfield to Mrs. W.L. Dickson
June 9, 1982
1 6
Rita Swyert to M. Hill
July 24, 1982
1 6
Wasco Planning Office (minutes)
May 23, 1983
1 6
School Dist. 509J to M. Hill
November 15, 1983
1 6
Jefferson Col ESD notice
November 23, 1983
1 6
Ma Prem Karuna to Antelope residents
December 12, 1983
1 7
Government Correspondence
1 7
Wasco ESD to Bill Driver
April 13, 1984
1 7
Department of the Navy
June 24, 1984
1 7
U.S. Postal Service to M. Boyce
October 29, 1984
1 7
Oregon State Historical Preservation Office to Betty Anderson
November 5, 1984
1 7
Swami Premukh to M. Hill
August 18, 1985
1 7
Wasco ESD to Robert Else
October 1, 1986
1 8
Legal
1 8
O. Frohnmayer to M. Hill
April 5, 1982
1 8
Keith Mobley to M. Hill
May 6, 1982
1 8
Swami Krishna Deva to M. Hill
May 11, 1982
1 8
Lance Caldwell to M. Hill
July 6, 1982
1 8
Frank Pozzi to M. Hill
July 27, 1993
1 8
Oregon State Bar to M. Hill
January 15, 1986
1 8
J. Habberstad to M. Hill
October 30, 1986
1 9
Organizations (usually updated flyers)
1 9
Citizen News
1 9
Citizen News
1 9
Citizen News
1 9
Citizen News
1 9
Concerned Citizens of Wasco County
1 9
M. Hill to 1000 Friends
October 17, 1981
1 9
Concerned Oregonians
1 9
Concerned Oregonians
1 9
Reach Out
1 9
Citizens for Constitutional Cities (plus donation receipt.)

Series III:  Newspaper ClippingsReturn to Top

Container(s): Box , Folder

Abstract:

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
5 12
Clippings - Antelope to Cut School
1983
5 13
Clippings - Anti-Rajnees Legislation
5 14
Clippings - Election polls
5 15
Clippings
6
Newspaper Clippings
1983
7
Newspaper Clippings
1984
8
Newspaper Clippings
1985
9
Newspaper Clippings
1985-1987
10
Newspaper Clippings

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Anti-cult movements--Oregon--Antelope
  • Rajneeshees--Oregon--Rajneeshpuram
  • Religion and state--Oregon--Rajneeshpuram
  • Religious communities--Oregon--Rajneeshpuram
  • Personal Names :
  • Osho, 1931-1990
  • Geographical Names :
  • Antelope (Or.)--Religion
  • Rajneeshpuram (Or.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Clippings
  • Correspondence