Portland Timbers collection, 1971-2011  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Compiler
Currier, Gisele, 1955-2011
Title
Portland Timbers collection
Dates
1971-2011 (inclusive)
Quantity
3.6 cubic feet, (7 document cases, 1 flat box)
Collection Number
Coll 579
Summary
Papers and ephemera relating to Gisele Currier and the Timbers Army, along with photographs, magazines, clippings, and ephemera relating to professional soccer, and particularly the Portland Timbers.
Repository
Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Davies Family Research Library
Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR
97205
Telephone: 503-306-5240
Fax: 503-219-2040
libreference@ohs.org
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Gisele Currier became a fan of the soccer team the Portland Timbers in its original mid-1970s heyday, and her passion for the team endured for the rest of her life. In the 2000s, Currier was instrumental in the growth of Timbers fan club known as the “Timbers Army;” she also sold thousands of the Timbers Army’s iconic “No Pity” scarves. Both Gisele Currier and her sister Paula were fixtures at Timbers games; after Paula’s death in 2003, her seat at the Timber’s home stadium remained empty as a gesture of respect. Gisele Currier died suddenly in her Portland, Oregon home on April 23, 2011.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of papers, photographs, and ephemera relating to professional soccer – particularly the Portland Timbers – created or collected by Gisele Currier. Soccer magazines, newsletters regarding the Timbers, advertisements and flyers for Timbers games and events, and clippings about the Timbers or the fan group "Timbers Army" constitute the bulk of the collection’s written materials. Additional written materials include records relating to scarf orders which Currier processed, and printouts of e-mails and message board posts. The collection’s photographs depict Portland Timbers players, games, and events, as well as Timbers Army gatherings.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The Oregon Historical Society is the owner of the materials in the Research Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the Research Library prior to any use of reproductions. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use of reproductions may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright holders.

Preferred Citation

Portland Timbers collection, Coll 579, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series A :   Gisele Currier and Timbers Army ,  1984-2009 Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Subseries 1 : Correspondence
Box/Folder
1/1
Message board posts, e-mails, etc.
2003-2005
1/2
Letters to Giesel and Paula Currier
1984 December 28; 1985 April 15
1/3
Thank-you note to Paula Currier
undated
Box/Folder
1/4
Receipt for bouquet sent to Brian Gant
undated
1/5
Timers Army agenda and meeting minutes
2009 April
1/6
Flyer for Timbers Army bus trip to Seattle
2005 April
1/7
Timbers Army fight song by Scot Thompson
2005 April
1/8
Small bag with Timbers Army stickers
8/2
Large bag adorned with Timbers Army stickers
1/9
Timbers Army stickers, badges, etc.
Subseries 2 : Timbers scarves
Box/Folder
1/10
Design
1/11
Correspondence and thank-yous re scarf orders
2009
1/12
Invoices from Sports Scarf
2009
1/13
Example of scarf orders list
2008
1/14
Loose notes on scarf orders
1/15
Notebook listing scarf orders
1/16
Scarf orders
2009

Series B :   Portland Timbers ,  1975-2009 Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/17
Advertisement for Timbers-Galaxy match
2005 April
1/18
Advertisement for Timbers vs. Minnesota Match
2005 April 19
1/19
Advertisements
undated
1/20
Card for Portland Timbers Award Banquet
1979 August 9
1/21
Match programs
1981; 1989; 1990
1/22
Newsletter re "Emeral Cup" match
1981 March
8/1
Posters
1/23
Program for 1975 Timbers 20th reunion
1995 August 11
1/24
2005 Timbers season packet
2005
1/25
Season programs
1989-1990
1/26
Season schedules
1977; 1980; 2005
1/27
"Timbers Soccer on KXL" sticker
1/28
Tickets
1982; 1993
2/1
Trading cards
1982; 2005
Subseries 1 : Publications about Portland Timbers
Box/Folder
2/2
"Ax to the Head" issues
undated
2/3
"Bitter End News"
2003 July
2/4
Calendars
2005,; 2007; 2009
2/5
Magnet calendar with schedule
2008
2/6
"Hot Soccer"
1986-1987
2/7
Player profile for Rob Paterson
1990 April
2/8
"Portland's Terrific Timbers: The Story of 1975's Great Soccer Team . . . and How It Captured the Hearts of Portland's Fans"
1975
2/9
"Timber News" issues
1977-1978
2/10
"Timbers Review" issues
2004-2005
2/11
"Timber Talk"
1990
2/12
"Timber Topics"
1980 July
2/13
Pages from unidentified publication about the Timbers

Series C :   Other soccer teams and events ,  1977-2007 Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2/14
Portland Pride bumper sticker
2/15
University of Portland Pilots bumper sticker
2/16
Portland Pride media guide
1995
2/17
Soccer guides
1977; 1979
2/18
Program for Scotland vs. Bulgaria match
1978 February 22
2/19
Roster for Simon Fraser University team
1984
2/20
Schedules for youth and amateur games
1993-1994; undated
2/21
Schedules for soccer camps and clinics
undated
2/22
Other teams' schedules and newsletters
1978, 1983
2/23
Advertisement for US vs. Ukraine match
undated
2/24
FIFA Women's World Cup official program
2003
3/1
JVC Guide to Euro 2004
2004
3/2
US Soccer Foundation annual report
2007
3/3
"World Cup Soccer Series"
1982

Series D :   Magazines ,  1971-2006 Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
3/4
"Kick" issues
1975-1976
3/5
"Kick" - 1976 League Opener Issue
Includes Gisele Currier's ticket to April 16, 1976 game (taped to cover) and her handwritten notes praising the Timbers' performance.
1976
3/6
"Kick" issue
1977
3/7
"Soccer Corner" issue
1977 December
3/8
"Soccer Corner" issue
1979 June
3/9
"Soccerwatcher" issues
1980
3/10
"Soccerwatcher" issue
1981 March
3/11-3/12
American soccer magazines
Primarily issues of "Soccer America."
1990-2006
4/1
British soccer magazines
1971-1976

Series E :   Newspaper clippings and issues ,  1975-2007 Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
4/2
Clippings
1975
4/3
Clippings and articles
1976-1984
4/4
Clippings and articles
1986-1988
4/5
Scottish newspaper issues
Sent to Currier by Lillian Cumming of Glasgow, Scotland.
2002
4/6
Clippings and articles
2004
4/7-4/8
Clippings and articles
2005
4/9
Clippings and articles
2006-2007
5/1
Willamette Week issue
2005 April 22
5/2
Willamette Week issue
2005 July 6
5/3
Other newspaper articles
Articles about non-soccer-realted topics.

Series F :   Photographs ,  circa 1975-2011 Return to Top

Many of the photographs are undated and lack identification of events or subjects.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
6/1
Player portraits
circa 1975
6/2
Practice session
Includes photocopies of the album pages from which the photographs were separated, so as to indicate original order.
circa 1977
6/3
Game, blue uniforms vs. red uniforms
circa 1985
6/4
Game against team in red uniforms
circa 1990
6/5
Informal match between Police Activites League and ex-Timber players
1993 July 25
6/6
Portland Pride playoffs game
1993 September
6/7
Women's match
circa 2000
6/8
Game attended by Clive Charles
undated
6/9
Timbers Army photographs
2003-2005
6/10
Timbers Army gathering
circa 2005
6/11
Timbers Army photographs
2005 April-May
6/12
Timbers Army photographs
2006 February March
6/13
Timbers Army photographs
2011 January-April
6/14
Unidentified player events
circa 1975-1980
6/15
1982 Timbers group photographs
1982
6/16
2nd Annual ex-Timber reunion game banquet
1984
6/17
1975 Timbers 20th reunion
1995 August 11
6/18
Portland Pride gathering
undated
6/19
Hilton Hotel event
undated
6/20
Unidentified night gathering
undated
6/21
Small photo sets
Contains groups of related photographs for which there often is no date and little to no identification.
circa 1976-2005
7/1
Undated photographs
undated
7/2
Printouts of photographs
7/3
Photo cutouts

Series G :   Personal ephemera of Gisele Currier ,  undated Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 5/4-5/7, 8/3

Effects of Gisele Currier, including stationery, sticker sheets, and address labels.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Soccer fans--Oregon--Portland
  • Soccer teams--Oregon--Portland
  • Soccer teams--Oregon--Portland--Photographs
  • Soccer--Oregon--Portland
  • Soccer--Oregon--Portland--Photographs
  • Personal Names :
  • Currier, Gisele, 1955-2011--Archives
  • Currier, Paula Colleen, 1956-2003
  • Corporate Names :
  • Portland Timbers (Soccer team)
  • Portland Timbers (Soccer team)--Photographs
  • Timbers Army (Portland, Or.)
  • Timbers Army (Portland, Or.)--Photographs
  • Geographical Names :
  • Portland (Or.)--Soccer teams
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Correspondence
  • Ephemera
  • Financial records
  • Magazines (periodicals)
  • Newspapers
  • Photographs
  • Printed ephemera