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The Norma Paulus papers, 1953-2006

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Paulus, Norma
Title
The Norma Paulus papers
Dates
1953-2006 (inclusive)
1971-1976 (bulk)
Quantity
30 linear feet, (30 boxes)
Collection Number
WUA031 (papers)
Summary
The Norma Paulus papers contain papers generated and received by Paulus’ office during her three terms representing the Eleventh District in the Oregon House of Representatives, 1971-1976 and campaign materials from 1970 through 1986. Memorabilia from her time in public life is also represented.
Repository
Willamette University Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Mark O. Hatfield Library
900 State Street
Salem, OR
97301
Telephone: 503-370-6866
Fax: 503-370-6141
archives@willamette.edu
Access Restrictions

This collection is open to researchers.

Languages
Materials are in English.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Norma Jean Petersen Paulus was born in Belgrade, Nebraska, on March 13, 1933. During her early childhood, the Peterson family relocated to Burns, Oregon, where Paulus attended Burns Union High School and was a member of the baton team for the high school band. Paulus graduated from Burns Union High School in 1950. Her first job, as a secretary to the Harney County district attorney, led to work as a legal secretary in Salem, Oregon. Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl C. LaTourette encouraged Paulus to apply to law school because of her experience and expertise. Based on her test scores, Paulus entered Willamette University Law School in 1956 without any prior college experience, and graduated with honors in 1962. Paulus met her husband, William G. Paulus, while at Willamette University. They had been married for forty years when he died in 1999. Their two children are Elizabeth and William Frederick (“Fritz”) Paulus, both graduates of Whitman College.

Following three terms in the Oregon House of Representatives (1970-1976), Norma Paulus became Oregon’s first woman Secretary of State in 1976. She served in this office until 1985. As Secretary of State, Paulus dealt with several issues that gained national attention, including instituting emergency procedures in Wasco County to block followers of the Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh from an attempt to sway local elections.

Paulus ran unsuccessfully for Governor in 1986, losing to Democrat Neil Goldschmidt. In 1990 Goldschmidt appointed her as Oregon Superintendent of Public Instruction. Paulus won election to a four year term later that year and was reelected in 1994. As state superintendent, Paulus introduced statewide assessment testing in 1991 and supported school-to-work initiatives for reforming public education.

Since leaving public office, Paulus has worked as the executive director of the Oregon Historical Society; served on the Oregon State Capitol Foundation Board; served on the boards of various organizations including Willamette University; and helped raise funds for a statue honoring former governor Tom McCall. In 2004 she received University of Oregon’s Distinguished Service Award.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Norma Paulus papers contain documents generated and received by Paulus’ office during her three terms representing the city of Salem and Marion County in District 11 in the Oregon State House of Representatives. She won re-election in 1972 and 1974. Materials include copies of legislation she sponsored or co-sponsored, committee minutes and letters from constituents. Her papers reflect her interest in environmental issues, capitol planning and local government.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], The Norma Paulus papers, Archives and Special Collections, Mark O. Hatfield Library, Willamette University.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Legislative Materials, 1971-1976Return to Top

This series is organized into four subseries and contains materials generated by Paulus’ office during her three terms representing the city of Salem and Marion County in the Oregon State House of Representatives. Subseries A, B and C contain papers from the three terms of her service in 1971, 1973 and 1975 respectively and Subseries D contains materials from the Interim session, 1975-1976.

Each of the first three subseries is arranged alphabetically by legislative topic. Subseries A includes such items as early drafts of House Bill 1036, also known as the “Bottle Bill,” which deals with recycling; House Bill 1728 regarding PERS (Public Employees Retirement System); House Bill 1059, which created the Department of Human Resources, and House Bill 1826 which increased the term of car license periods from two to four years.

Subseries B and C included materials on the Capitol Planning Commission, legislation dealing with environmental issues, human resources, landlord tenant bills, aging, education issues and off road vehicles. Subseries D contains materials from various committees Paulus sat on during the 1975-1976 Interim session, including Judiciary, Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Container(s) Description Dates
Sub-series A: Legislative files, 1971 – Subcommittee on Agriculture – Welfare
1971
Folder
1.1
Agriculture Subcommittee
[Contains House Bill 1107.]
1971
1.2
Alert
1971
1.3
Basic School Support
1971
1.4
Bottle Bill 1036
1971
1.5
Condominium Legislation
[Contains House Bill 1240 and House Bill 1088.]
1971
1.6
Consumer Protection
1971
1.7
Constitutional Amendments
[Contains Senate Joint Resolution 7.]
1971
1.8
Criminal code SB40
[Contains Senate Bill 40.]
1971
1.9
Day Care Centers
[Contains House Bill 1228.]
1971
1.10
Detergents
1971
1.11
Drugs – Decisions and Directions
1971
1.12
Eagleton Institution of Politics (Rutgers University) – State Legislator Seminar
1971
1.13
Education - Higher
1971
1.14
Education - Secondary
1971
1.15
Election Laws Subcommittee
[Contains House Joint Resolution 47.]
1971
1.16
Environment, Committee on
1971
1.17
Estuaries
[Contains House Bill 3013 (marked up).]
1971
1.18
Financial Affairs, Subcommittee on
1971
1.19
Firefighters
[Contains House Bill 1467.]
1971
1.20
Fish and Game, Subcommittee on
[Contains Senate Bill 243 and House Bill 1193.]
1971
1.21
Geo-thermal
[House Bill 1550, 3013 and 3019 .]
1971
1.22
Gifted children
[Contains Senate Bill 119.]
1971
1.23
Government reorganization
1971
1.24
Gun legislation
[Contains House Bill 1112 and House Bill 1889.]
1971
2.1
Health and Welfare
[Contains House Bill 1227 and House Joint Resolution 10.]
1971
2.2
Highways and Gas
[Contains House Bills 1733, 1808, 1625 and 1338; Senate Joint Resolutions 2 and 5; Senate Bill 9 .]
1971
2.3
Human Resources
1971
2.4
Judicial Reform
1971
2.5
Judicial Salaries
1971
2.6
Judiciary, Committee on
[Contains House Bills 1513, 1456; House Joint Resolution 48; Senate Bills 66 and 226.]
1971
2.7
Legislature
[Contains items related to the legislature such as a composite of Members of the 56th (1971) Oregon State Legislative Assembly.]
1971
2.8
Local Government
1971
2.9
Marion County
[ House Bill 1045 and House Bill 1397.]
1971
2.10
Marriage-Divorce-Abortion
1971
2.11
Miscellaneous
[Contains Senate Bill 271.]
1971
2.12
Mobile Homes
1971
2.13
Natural Resources
1971
2.14
News Media
1971
2.15
News Paper Clippings
1971
2.16
Nuclear Power
1971
2.17
OSEA [Oregon State Employees Association]
[Contains House Bill 1381.]
1971
2.18
Oregon Traffic Safety
[Contains Senate Bill 54.]
1971
2.19
Personal
1971
2.20
Predator [animals] – SB 579
1971
2.21
Property Tax (Nitchum, [Roger H.])
1971
2.22
Publicity
1971
2.23
Reappointment, Subcommittee on
1971
2.24
Republican State Control
1971
2.25
Revenue, Committee on
[Contains House Bills 1366, 1728 and 1818.]
1971
3.1
Salem
1971
3.2
Secretary of State
1971
3.3
State and Federal Affairs
[Contains House Bill 1059 and Senate Bill 169.]
1971
3.4
Subdivision Control
[Contains Senate Bill 951.]
1971
3.5
Taxation
1971
3.6
Committee on Transportation
[Contains House Bill 1826.]
1971
3.7
Urban Affairs
[Contains House Bills 1054, 1422 and Senate Bill 484.]
1971
3.8
Veterans
1971
3.9
Ways and Means
[Contains House Bill 1098.]
1971
3.10
Welfare
1971
Sub-series B: Legislative files, 1973/1974 – Agriculture - Workmen’s Compensation and Unemployment
1973-1974
Folder
3.11
Agriculture and Natural Resources
[Contains Senate Bill 201.]
1973
3.12
Alcohol and Drugs
1973
3.13
Arts
1973
3.14
Associated Press – Conflict of Interest
1973
3.15
Banking
1973
3.16
Ballot Measure no. 9
1973
3.17
Bottle Bill-1973
1973
3.18
Cape Kiwanda
[Contains House Joint Resolution 21 and House Bill 2353.]
1973
3.19
Capitol Planning Commission
[Contains House Bill 2479, 2667 and Senate Bill 733.]
1973
3.20
Constitutional Revision
1973
3.21
Consumer Protection 1973
1973
3.22
Consumer and Business Affairs 1973
1973
3.23
Corrections [Department of]
1973
3.24
Credit
1973
3.25
Criminal Law Revision (Criminal Justice)
1973
3.26
Day Care
1973
3.27
Education
[Contains House Bill 2213.]
1973
3.28
Elections
1973
3.29
Employment Agencies
1973
3.30
Environment
[Contains Senate Bills 294 and 218.]
1973
3.31
ERA Amendment
[Senate Joint Resolution 4, a copy of the resolution with signatures of all the women in the Oregon State Legislature.]
1973
3.32
Fish and Game
1973
3.33
Health – Fluoridation
1973
4.1
Highways
1974
4.2
Hillcrest – MacLaren [schools merger]
1974
4.3
Housing Bonds
1974
4.4
Human Resources
[Contains House Bills 2397, 2430 and 2897.]
1974
4.5
Insurance
1974
4.6
Invitations
[Two folders.]
1973-1974
4.7
Jail Standards
[Three folders, containing various pamphlets dealing with detention facility operations.]
1974
4.8
Judiciary Correspondence
[Two folders, containing House Bills 3142, 3202 and 2560.]
1974
4.9
Juvenile Code
1974
4.10
Labor and Industries
1974
4.11
Landlord Tenant Act
[Two folders, containing House Bill 2217 and Senate Bill 159.]
1974
4.12
Land Use Planning
[Two folders, containing House Bills 3293 and 2607.]
1974
4.13
Senate Bill 100 (Land Use)
[Contains Senate Bills 100 and 769.]
1974
4.14
Legislative 1973
[Information on 57th session, including staff listings, forms, etc.]
1974
4.15
Legislation, Miscellaneous
[Contains House Bill 2190 a copy of address Paulus gave to the Oregon Farm Bureau on 13 November 1972.]
1974
4.16
Local Government
[Contains Senate Bills 455 and 185.]
1974
4.17
Lottery
1974
4.18
Marion County
1974
4.19
Mental Health
1974
4.20
National Society of State Legislation
1974
4.21
News Clippings
1974
5.1
Noise
1974
5.2
Off Road Vehicle
[Contain House Bills 2282, 2764, 2969, 2583 and Senate Bill 577.]
1974
5.3
Oregon-AFL-CIO
1974
5.4
OSEA [Oregon State Employees Association]
1974
5.5
Oregon State Bar
1974
5.6
Pacific Rim Trade Association
1974
5.7
Pages
[Information about students who served as honorary pages for a day in the Oregon State Legislature and thank you notes from students.]
1974
5.8
Personal
[Contains a photograph of Paulus in the Oregon House Chamber, 1973.]
1974
5.9
Planning Commission
[Contains House Bills 2548 and 2965.]
1974
5.10
Pornography
[Contains Senate Bill 708.]
1974
5.11
Port of Portland
1974
5.12
Probate Code Revision
1974
5.13
PERS [Public Employees Retirement System]
1974
5.14
Professional Responsibility
1974
5.15
Revenue
1974
5.16
Revenue Bonds
[Contains House Bills 2113 and 3107.]
1974
5.17
Revenue Bonds
[Contains House Bills 2184, 2210 and Senate Bills 241, 4, 17,83, 210 and 52.]
1974
5.18
Scenic and Recreational Area
1974
5.19
State Land Board
1974
5.20
Taxation
1974
5.21
Taxation HB[House Bill] 2004 and HJR[House Joint Resolution] 3
1974
6.1
Taxation-Church and School
[Contains House Bill 2953 and Senate Joint Resolution 32.]
1974
6.2
Tax Relief and School Finance
[Contains House Bills 2004, 2006, 3240, 3243, 2314, 3241, 3248 and House Joint Resolution 72.]
1974
6.3
Timber Management and Forestry Service
1974
6.4
Traffic Safety
1974
6.5
United Nations
1974
6.6
Utility Legislation
[Contains Senate Bill 186.]
1974
6.7
Ways and Means
[Contains House Bill 2123.]
1974
6.8
Women's Liberation
1974
6.9
Workmen’s Compensation and Unemployment
1974
Sub-series C: Legislative Files, 1975 – Aging and Cosmetology - Women's Rights
1975
Folder
6.10
Aging
1975
6.11
Agriculture and Natural Resources
1975
6.12
Alcohol and Drugs
1975
6.13
Arts
1975
6.14
Attorney General
1975
6.15
Bonds
[Contains House Bill 2054.]
1975
6.16
Bottle Bill
1975
6.17
Capitol Planning Commission
[Contains Senate Bill 5552.]
1975
6.18
Child Abuse
1975
6.19
Children Services
[Contains Senate Bill 5530.]
1975
6.20
Continuing Legal Education
1975
6.21
Common Cause
1975
6.22
Constitutional Revision
1975
6.23
Consumer Legislation
1975
6.24
Corrections
1975
6.25
Correspondence Unattended to
1975
6.26
Correspondence
1975
6.27
Criminal Justice Information
1975
6.28
Cosmetology
1975
7.1
Current mail
[Contains House Bill 2953 and Senate Joint Resolution 32.]
1975
7.2
Death and Dying
[Contains House Bill 2512 and Senate Bill 138.]
1975
7.3
Discrimination
1975
7.4
Dorchester Conference
1975
7.5
Eagleton Institute of Politics
1975
7.6
Early Childhood Development Task Force
1975
7.7
Education
[Contains House Bills 2527 and 2131.]
1975
7.8
Elections
[Contains House Bill 2022.]
1975
7.9
Energy
1975
7.10
Environment
1975
7.11
Expenses
1975
7.12
Field Burning
1975
7.13
Geothermal
1975
7.14
Girl’s Athletics and Textbooks
1975
7.15
Health and SB[Senate Bill] 625
1975
7.16
Highway
1975
7.17
Historical Buildings
1975
7.18
Human Resources
[Contains House Bill 2916.]
1975
7.19
Inheritance Taxes
1975
7.20
Insurance
[Contains House Bill 2647.]
1975
7.21
Inventory Tax HB[House Bill] 3201
1975
8.1
Invitations
1975
8.2
Judiciary
[Contains House Bills 2478 and 2985. Also Senate Bills 537 and 191.]
1975
8.3
Labor and Business Affairs
[Contains House Bill 2650.]
1975
8.4
Land Conservation and Development
1975
8.5
Land Use
1975
8.6
Legislation Pending
1975
8.7
Legislature
1975
8.8
Legislative Reform
1975
8.9
Local Government
[Contains Senate Bill 598.]
1975
8.10
Marion County
1975
8.11
Mass Transit
1975
8.12
Mobile Homes
1975
8.13
Nuclear Energy
1975
8.14
Off Road Vehicles
[Contains House Bill 2764.]
1975
8.15
Oregon Investment Council
1975
8.16
Oregon State Bar
[Contains Senate Bill 170.]
1975
8.17
OSEA [Oregon State Employees Association]
1975
8.18
Oregon State Library
1975
8.19
Pages
1975
8.20
PGE Bethel Plant
[Contains House Bill 2029.]
1975
8.21
PERS
1975
8.22
Personal
1975
8.23
Recycling
[Contains House Joint Resolution 6.]
1975
8.24
Research
1975
8.25
SAIF [State Accident and Insurance Fund]
1975
8.26
Solar Energy
[Contains House Bill 2046.]
1975
9.1
Solid Waste
1975
9.2
Solid Waste
[Contains House Bill 3152 and Senate Bill 1018.]
1975
9.3
Solid Waste - State Advisory
[Contains House Bill 3211 and Senate Bill 713.]
1975
9.4
State Fair
1975
9.5
State and Federal Affairs
[Contains House Bill 2379.]
1975
9.6
State Institutions
[Contains Senate Bill 596.]
1975
9.7
Steel Headers
1975
9.8
Subdivision Control Law
1975
9.9
Sub Surface Sewage
1975
9.10
Taxation - Exemptions, etc.
[Contains House Bills 2634, 2463 and 3037.]
1975
9.11
Timber Tax
[Contains House Bills 2426, 2008, 2885 and 2159.]
1975
9.12
678
[Contains Senate Bill 678.]
1975
9.13
Traffic Safety
1975
9.14
Transportation
1975
9.15
Utilities
1975
9.16
Ways and Means
1975
9.17
Welfare
1975
10.1
Western Communications, Inc.
1975
10.2
Willamette River Greenway
[Contains House Bill 2497.]
1975
10.3
Women's Rights
[Contains Senate Bill 508.]
1975
Sub-series D: Legislative Files, Interim - 1975-1976; Campaign for Governor, 1985; Personal Correspondence, 1983-1999; Vote by mail, 1984-2003
1975-2003
Folder
10.4
Judiciary Interim Committee Minutes, 1975-1976
1975-1976
10.5
Judiciary Interim Committee Reference Material, 1975-1976
1975-1976
10.6
Judiciary Interim Sub-Committee Minutes, 1975-1976
1975-1976
11.1
Oregon Juvenile Code, 1976-1977
1976-1977
11.2
Legislative Interim Committee on Agricultural and Natural Resources - Minutes, 15 Oct 1975 – 19 Nov 1976
[Contains House Bill 2556, 2511 and Senate Bill 6.]
1975-1976
11.3
Campaign for Governor, 1985
[Accordion file containing various campaign materials including news clippings, opposition files and position papers.]
1985
11.4
Personal correspondence and Thank you notes
[Contains autographed notes from President Clinton, Elizabeth Dole and Vic Atiyeh, among others.]
1983-1999
11.5
Vote by mail
1984-2003
11.6
Paulus oral interview transcript and related materials
1986

Series II:  Scrapbooks, 1970-1980Return to Top

This series contains scrapbooks and binders which hold a variety of materials from Paulus’ time in political office. Materials include news clippings, campaign materials, election night photographs and congratulations, and legislative papers.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
12
Scrapbooks
1970-1980
scrapbook
1
Campaign album
[Contains news clippings related to Paulus' campaign activities.]
1970
2
Norma Paulus Campaign Sticker binder
[Contains news clippings and campaign materials.]
1970
3
First Term House of Representatives
[Contains news clippings related to Paulus' activities in the Oregon House during 1971.]
1971
4
Norma Paulus House of Representatives
[Contains news clippings, photographs and correspondence related to Paulus' activities in the Oregon House during 1971.]
1971
5
Album
[Contains news clippings related to Paulus' activities during this time period.]
1972-1973
6
House of Representatives album
[Contains news clippings related to Paulus' activities in the Oregon State Legislature in 1973.]
1973
7
Album
[Contains news clippings related to Paulus' activities during this time period.]
1974-1975
8
Campaign for Secretary of State album
[Contains news clippings related to the campaign.]
1976
9
Paulus Campaign binder
[Contains campaign manual for 1976 Secretary of State campaign.]
1976
10
Election Nite-album
[Contains photographs of the election night celebration.]
November 2, 1976
11
Swearing-In and “Van Warming” album
[Contains photographs of the swearing in and celebration.]
1976
12
Perry Binder
[Contains news clippings on opponent John Powell, Dem. Sec. of State candidate in 1979-1980.]
1976
13
Norma Paulus Campaign
[Contains information on Paulus' campaign for governor in 1980.]
1980
14
Norma Paulus Primary & General Election Night Parties
[Contains photographs.]
1980

Series III:  Memorabilia and Photographs, 1953-2006Return to Top

This series is composed of items presented to Paulus over the course of her time in public office and photographs covering her time in the Oregon State Legislature, various political campaigns and family events. Items include awards from the Lion’s Club of Oregon, Willamette University Board of Trustees, the Willamette University College of Law 1998 Distinguished Alumna Award and photographs of landmark events such as the Women’s Hall of Fame Gala. Paulus also received the Aubrey R. Watzek award, which is intended to honor citizens who have pioneered in their fields and who have enriched Oregon.

Container(s) Description Dates
Oversize
15
Framed photograph of Paulus fishing in an Oregon river
undated
16
Framed record of Paulus hole-in-one score card, news clippings, etc.
September 3, 2000
17
Framed portrait of Paulus
undated
18
Framed campaign poster for Secretary of State re-election
undated
19
Framed photograph of Paulus at the Umatilla depot
1987
20
Personal photographs - various subjects
undated
21
Bottle
[Label on bottle says - Many Happy Returns, This commemorative Oregon empty is presented to The People of Oregon who have made the Bottle Bill a 10 year success.”
1981
22
Framed resolution to make Paulus a Life Trustee of Willamette University
2005
23
Facts about Oregon
[Binder prepared by Paulus' Secretary of State office. Box also has a news clipping about Ada Hector, a Republican fundraiser in Oregon.]
undated
24
Willamette University Distinguished Alumni Award
1998
Box
25
Box of awards presented to Paulus
1985-2006
26
Paulus photographs and other memorabilia
1973-2000
Oversize
27
Framed article on the Paulus house
1990
28
Campaign materials
1995, undated
29
Two formal portraits of Paulus
1983, undated
30
Baton
Circa 1950