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Gretchen Kafoury papers, 1971-1983

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Kafoury, Gretchen
Title
Gretchen Kafoury papers
Dates
1971-1983 (inclusive)
Quantity
19.5 linear feet, (14 containers)
Collection Number
Coll 353
Summary
Gretchen Kafoury co-founded the Oregon chapter of NOW in 1970 and the Oregon Women's Political Caucus in 1971. She served as an Oregon State Representative (1977-1982), as a Multnomah County Commissioner (1985-1990) and on the Portland City Council (1991-1998). This collection is comprised of a variety of materials collected by Kafoury throughout the 1970's and early 1980's that are related to various women's groups and causes.
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

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Historical NoteReturn to Top

Gretchen Kafoury, an Oregon equal rights activist, was born in Walla Walla, Washington in 1942. She graduated with a BA in Music from Whitman College in 1963. From 1964 to 1966, Kafoury lived in Iran as a Peace Corps volunteer. Upon her return to the U.S., she began teaching English as a Second Language in Portland, both at Grant High School and Portland State University. During her time as a teacher, Kafoury became active in volunteer political activities, working on Robert Kennedy's presidential and Wayne Morse's U.S. Senate campaigns in 1968.

In 1970 she helped found the Oregon chapter of the National Organizaton for Women (NOW) and the Oregon Women's Political Caucus (OWPC) in 1971. From 1971 to 1975, she served on the Metro 4-C Council and she continued to lobby for several women's groups. In 1972, Kafoury aided in the Mink for President Committee, which supported the Hawaiian native, Patsy Mink, in her attempts to get on the presidential ballot. In 1974, Kafoury worked on Barbara Robert's gubernatorial campaign. In 1975, she began working as an EEO consultant.

Kafoury served as a State Representative for Oregon from 1977 to 1982, filling the seat her husband had left to continue onto the Senate. During her time as a State Representative, Kafoury's key issues were health care, domestic violence, mental health and nurse practitioners. In 1985, Kafoury was elected as a Multnomah County Commissioner for NE Portland. She continued to hold priority on health care and mental health, but added poverty, homelessness, criminal justice and teen health centers to her key issues.

From 1991 to 1998 Kafoury served on the Portland City Council. She became an instructor in 1999 and she earned her Masters in Public Administration at Portland State University in 2000. Since 1999 she has taught classes related to community development, homelessness and poverty at PSU.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Kafoury collection is comprised of a variety of materials collected by Kafoury throughout the 1970's and early 1980's that are related to various women's groups and causes.

Series I: Organizations/Political Groups contains correspondence, newsletters and general subject files regarding various organizations and political groups that Kafoury associated with.

Series II: Bills/Legislation/Laws consists of correspondence, publications and notes regarding House and Senate bills and laws.

Series III: Conferences is composed of materials collected from major conferences for women's organizations such as NOW and OWPC between 1973 and 1980.

Series IV: Correspondence is comprised of letters between Kafoury and other women's groups members.

Series V: Publications contains newspapers, magazines and newsletters that relate to women's groups and their ideals.

Series VI: Subject Files is composed of correspondence, publications and notes that relate to women's groups and causes.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Gretchen Kafoury papers, Coll 353, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Restrictions on Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival material may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

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Series I:  Organizations/Political GroupsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
Displaced homemaker
1 2
Women's legislative council
1 3
Bureau of Labor and EEOC
1 4
Rape Relief Hotline
May 1978
1 5
Demo Central Committee
Summer 1978
1 6
NARAL
Summer 1978
1 7
CSD (Child Services Division)/CSSI
May 1978
1 8
Oregon Women in Educational Administration (OWEA)
1 9
4-C information
1 10
4-C/CSD
1 11
Association of American Colleges
1 12
PAWPC
1972-1973
1 13
NCSL - women's network
Summer 1978
1 14
K.P.T.V.
1 15
Displaced Homemakers
1 16
4-C pending (gonk?)
1 17
N.W.P.C.
1 18
N.W.P.C.
1 19
OCWE legislative lobby
March 4, 1972
1 20
DCCDCO mailing lists
1 21
Women's rights and N.O.W.
July 1976
1 22
Women's rights and N.O.W.
July 1976
1 23
Displaced Homemakers
1976
1 24
Displaced Homemakers
1 25
International Woodworkers of America
1 26
Department of Environmental Equality
1 27
Preventative service strategies advisory group
1 28
Human resources committee
1 29
KGW tv/radio
1 30
National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year
1 31
Children's committee
1 32
Democratic party
1 33
Displaced Homemakers
1 34
Women's legislative caucus
1979
1 35
The Reading Foundation of California - reading optimation
1 36
Oregon Consumer League
1971-1972
1 37
WILPF
1971-1972
1 38
WILPF
1971-1972
1 39
4-C
1 40
National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year
1 41
Various political group correspondence/subject files
1 42
Portland town council
2 1
Miscellaneous political group subject files
2 2
Committee for artistic and intellectual freedom
2 3
NAACP
2 4
NOW/KOIN 6
1975
2 5
KPTV Show
13 11
Joint Committee on the Judiciary - minutes
13 14
Women's Rights Coalition - 1979 Session
1979
13 25
Community Coalition for School Integration

Series II:  Bills/Legislation/LawsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
2 6
S.888 - 97th congress first session bill
2 7
Research- bills 2700 + 2445
2 8
House/senate bills
2 9
Bills
2 10
Women's bills
2 11
Divorce - H.B. 2471
1977
2 12
House Bill (H.B.) 2511
2 13
Legal + legislative
2 14
Legislative reports
2 15
Legislature
Summer 1978
2 16
Legislature
1973
2 17
H.B. 2449 - State Institutions
2 18
H.B. 2424 - Gay Rights
2 19
H.B. 2421 - Substitute Teachers
2 20
H.B. 2807 - Hospices
2 21
H.B. 2542 - Commission for Children
2 22
H.B. 2547 - Injured Workers (Multnomah Co.)
2 23
H.B. 2420 - Deceptive representations in Employment
2 24
H.B. 2548 - Mental Health
2 25
H.J.R. 20 - Architectual Barrier Awareness week
2 26
H.J.R. 29 - Equal Employment Corrections Division
2 27
H.B. 2433 - Tax Exempt Fraternity Clubs
2 28
H.B. 2663 - Student Day Care
2 29
Kindergarten
2 30
"keep tabs on these" (bills)
2 31
Legislation Priorities/Agenda
2 32
H.B. 2446 - Additional Considerations - suppose(?)
2 33
H.B. 2661 - Utility shut-offs
2 34
Machine Gun - S.B. 482
2 35
Machine Gun
2 36
H.B. 2664
2 37
H.B. 2664 Camp Exemption
2 38
H.J.R. 5
2 39
H.J.R. 19 - Child care policy
2 40
H.B. 2665
2 41
H.B. 2808 - Health Insurance Family Planning
2 42
H.B. 2447 - Sterilization
2 43
H.B. 2451 - National Guard
2 44
H.B. 2419 - Farm Labor Contractors
2 45
H.B. 2805 - LEDS - Domestic Violence
2 46
H.B. 2450 - Job sharing - tax incentive
2 47
H.B. 2806 - Nurse practitioners
2 48
H.B. 2448 - Sex-neutral language
2 49
Senate and House Bills
2 50
S.B. 616
2 51
H.B. 2423 - Gun bill
1979
2 52
Federal legislation
2 53
Federal legislation
2 54
State legislation
3 1
State legislation
3 2
H.B. 2445/Insurance
3 3
Child care legislature
3 4
Legislation master list
1979
3 5
Bills for introduction
1979
3 6
H.B. 2438
3 7
H.B. 2806 - Nurse practitioner
3 8
H.B. 2806 - Nurse practitioner
3 9
H.B. 2806 - Nurse practitioner
3 10
Bills - pending
3 11
Legislature
January 1979
3 12
H.B. 5077
3 13
H.B. 2995
3 14
H.B. 2952
3 15
H.B. 2807
3 16
H.B. 2438
3 17
H.B. 2422
3 18
H.B. 2424
3 19
H.B. 2479
3 20
H.B. 2661 - public utility commissioner
3 21
H.B. 2241 - Displaced Homemakers
3 22
H.B. 2241
3 23
H.B. 2302
3 24
H.B. 2688
3 25
H.B. 2607
3 26
H.B. 2438
3 27
H.B. 2661 - public utilites - Oregon fail share - shut offs
3 28
H.B. 2303
3 29
H.B. 2276
3 30
H.B. 2267
3 31
H.B. 2445
3 32
H.B. 2318
3 33
H.B. 2173
3 34
H.B. 3125
3 35
H.B. 3012
3 36
H.B. 2673
3 37
H.B. 2288
3 38
H.B. 2368
3 39
H.B. 2724 (S.B. 616)
3 40
H.B. 2434/2422 - 18 year-old drinking
3 41
H.B. 2422 - 18 year-old drinking age
3 42
H.B. 2419
3 43
H.B. 2420/2419
3 44
Implementation of House Bill 2867 (packet)
3 45
Legislature
13 3
Discrimination based on sex/marital status - research/bill
13 18
Bills- house and senate
13 22
Senate bill 57
13 23
Women's bills

Series III:  ConferencesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
4 1
International Women's Year conference
November 18, 1977-November 21, 1977
4 2
Women's conference - D.C.
June 1980
4 3
Oregon Report from the National Women's Conference
November 18, 1977-November 21, 1977
4 4
The Woman Elected Official: A Report of a National Needs Assessment Conference
4 5
Oregon Women's Conference
1978
4 6
Oregon women's conference
4 7
Conference of insurance legislatures
August 16, 1979-August 17, 1979
4 8
Women's Conference - N.O.W.
1980
4 9
N.W.P.C. Convention
July 13, 1979-July 15, 1979
4 10
Legislative Action for Children Conference
January 4, 1973
4 11
DCCDCO Conference
January 4
4 12
Governor's Conference
June 7, 1976
4 13
Labor Education Advancement Program (LEAP) Conference
March 24, 1976
4 14
"Women in the Law" - Ashland
July 23, 1976
4 15
Democratic Women's day
November 20, 1971
4 16
New Approaches to Working With Teenage Pregnancy… Convention
4 17
A Kaleidoscope of Women: The Way… Symposium
October 19, 1979-October 21, 1979
4 18
Governor's Conference on Handicapped Individuals - Final Report (packet)
1976
4 19
10th Far West Regional Conference on Women and the Law
October 17, 1980-October 19, 1980
4 20
National Women's Conference
November 18, 1977-November 21, 1977
4 21
NWPC Convention
1977
4 22
NWPC Convention
1977
4 23
Evening with Dick Van Dyke poster
13 5
Seminars, conventions and annual reports

Series IV:  CorrespondenceReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
4 24
Wilma Heide letters
4 25
Legislative mail to answer
4 26
Clippings and Correspondence
4 27
Correspondence
1979
4 28
Gretchen's mail to answer
4 29
Mink - out of state letters
4 30
Correspondence
4 31
Correspondence
4 32
Correspondence + notes
4 33
Correspondence/notes
13 26
Correspondence

Series V:  PublicationsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
4 34
Newsletters/etc.
Summer 1978
4 35
(book) 57th Oregon Legislative Assembly - Weekly Digest of all Measures
January 8-January 12
4 36
(book) 57th Oregon Legislative Assembly - Weekly Digest of all Measures
January 15-January 19
4 37
(book) Federal Outlays in Oregon
1972
4 38
Consumer Legislative Monthly Report (packet)
April 1, 1972
4 39
Past Commitments, Current Problems, and Water Choices for Oregon's Future (packet)
4 40
Newsletters/pending
February 1978
4 41
Newsletters
4 42
Articles/clippings
5 1
Magazines - Spokeswoman and The Civil Liberties Review
5 2
Newsletters/Magazines
5 3
Newsletters/Pubs/Newspapers
5 4
Newspapers - Portland Scribe and Vanguard
5 5
Newspapers - The Fountain
5 6
Newspapers - A Forum for Changing Men
5 7
Newspapers - Women's Press and Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
5 8
Newspapers - Women's Political Times
5 9
Newspapers - NOW/OWPC
5 10
Newspapers - Daily Breakthrough and New Directions for Women
5 11
Newspapers - The Changing Woman
5 12
Newspapers - Miscellaneous
5 13
Newspapers - Miscellaneous
5 14
Newspapers - Miscellaneous
5 15
Betty Roberts Campaign - Clippings
5 16
Clippings
5 17
Clippings
5 18
Clippings
5 19
Worker's Comp - Clippings
5 20
Clippings
5 21
Clippings
13 7
Miscellaneous magazines - Equal Rights Amendment and gay rights
13 19
Women's articles
Summer 1980
13 20
Women's newspapers and articles

Series VI:  Subject FilesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
6 1
"Flexible Ways to Work" (YWCA)
6 2
Family/domestic violence
6 3
Civil rights/discrimination
6 4
Women's issues/pending
Winter 1978
6 5
Private right of action (discrimination)
6 6
Veteran's Preference
6 7
Women's rights
6 8
Abortion
6 9
Equal Rights Amendment
6 10
Credit
6 11
Employment
6 12
Higher education
6 13
Teacher Standards and Practices Commission/Education Sunset
1978
6 14
RSVP pending
March 1978
6 15
Raphel House
Summer 1978
6 16
Community school
6 17
Cease
6 18
Child care/pending
6 19
PACT/Sus.
Summer 1978
6 20
Video Access Bd.
1978
6 21
To file in Salem
6 22
Invitations
6 23
Campaigns
Fall 1978
6 24
Invitations
Fall 1978
6 25
Newsletters, correspondence and publications on a variety of women’s groups and causes
1978
6 26
Newsletters, correspondence and publications on a variety of women’s groups and causes
1978
6 27
ERA - Press releases
6 28
N.O.W./Phyllis Schlafly, etc.
6 29
Interns
6 30
ERA questions and answers
6 31
Women veterans' rights
6 32
Domestic violence - women's rights
6 33
Child care
6 34
503/Trial
7 1
Newsletters, correspondence and publications on a variety of women’s groups and causes
Fall 1979
7 2
Newsletters, correspondence and publications on a variety of women’s groups and causes
Fall 1979
7 3
Newsletters, correspondence and publications on a variety of women’s groups and causes
December 1979
7 4
Domestic violence/women's legislation
1979
7 5
Women's network
Summer 1978
7 6
Newsletters, correspondence and publications on a variety of women’s groups and causes
1983
7 7
Newsletters, correspondence and publications on a variety of women’s groups and causes
7 8
Newsletters, correspondence and publications on a variety of women’s groups and causes
7 9
Child care
Fall 1978
7 10
Newsletters, correspondence and publications on a variety of women’s groups and causes
April 1979
7 11
ERA
7 12
Child care
7 13
Child care
7 14
Work pending
7 15
Work pending
7 16
Families and human needs delegate workbook
7 17
Families and human needs
7 18
Clippings
7 19
United States commission on civil rights
7 20
Non-sexist curriculum development program
7 21
Newsletters, correspondence and publications on a variety of women’s groups and causes
7 22
Child care
7 23
Child care/4-C
7 24
Representative district boundaries
8 1
Issues
April 1976
8 2
Issues
April 1976
8 3
Port of Portland
8 4
Homosexuality
8 5
Inheritance tax info
8 6
Feminism
1976
8 7
Feminism
1976
8 8
Child care
8 9
Creative outlet correspondence
8 10
Child care
8 11
Grantree Rental/house
8 12
Cards
8 13
To order
8 14
Battered women
8 15
BA/ domestic violence
Summer 1978
8 16
Women's materials
8 17
Licensing of clinical social workers
8 18
Dammasch/confidential
8 19
Human resources
8 20
Raphael house
September 1978
8 21
Developmental disabilities
8 22
Jewel Lansing
8 23
General cash fund position report - state of Oregon
1977-1979
8 24
Gay rights
8 25
Women's rights education
8 26
Women's rights coalition
8 27
Abuse
8 28
Insurance - women's rights
8 29
Housing/women's rights
8 30
Women's rights - rape
8 31
Women's rights OWPC
8 32
Displaced Homemakers - women's rights
8 33
Women's rights - domestic relations
8 34
Gay rights
8 35
Gay rights
8 36
Bureau of labor
8 37
Bureau of labor
8 38
Resumes
8 39
Personal
1977
8 40
Pending
8 41
House rules
1979
8 42
Women's rights - ERA
8 43
Aging - general
8 44
Women's rights - N.O.W.
9 1
Meeting
January 1979
9 2
RSVP - social
January 1979-February 1979
9 3
Meetings/social
March 1979-April 1979
9 4
Meetings/social
March 1979-April 1979
9 5
Women - tax exemptions
9 6
Divorce
9 7
Kindergartens
9 8
Women - education
9 9
House caucus fundraiser
1978
9 10
Opening day
9 11
Social services
9 12
Domestic violence
9 13
Job sharing
9 14
Women's athletics
9 15
Women's issues
Fall 1978
9 16
Women - connections(?)
9 17
Sterilization
9 18
Insurance discrimination
9 19
Grandparents' rights
1977
9 20
Redlining - mortgage
9 21
Vehicle insurance
9 22
Gay rights
9 23
Utilities
Fall 1979
9 24
Traffic Safety Education (packet)
9 25
Betty Roberts - fund raising
9 26
Absuq/Farenthold(?)
October 1974
9 27
D.G. consumer comm.
9 28
Child care
9 29
Kafoury, Steve
9 30
Newsletters, correspondence and publications on a variety of women’s groups and causes
1981
9 31
Newsletters, correspondence and publications on a variety of women’s groups and causes
1981
9 32
Abortions and the Poor: Private… (packet)
9 33
Newsletters, correspondence and publications on a variety of women’s groups and causes
1981-1982
9 34
Women Issues
1982
9 35
Newsletters, correspondence and publications on a variety of women’s groups and causes
9 36
Newsletters, correspondence and publications on a variety of women’s groups and causes
9 37
H/Res women
9 38
Newsletters, correspondence and publications on a variety of women’s groups and causes
10 1
Newsletters, correspondence and publications on a variety of women’s groups and causes
April 1980
10 2
Newsletters, correspondence and publications on a variety of women’s groups and causes - Civil Rights
August 1979
10 3
Women in public office II packet
10 4
Betty Roberts for Senate
10 5
Children's Services Division Presentation to Human Resources Interim Committee (packet)
10 6
LEAA Grant
September 1979
10 7
Family planning
Fall 1979
10 8
Domestic violence
Fall 1979
10 9
Women/civil rights
August 1979
10 10
Mink - pending
10 11
Mink/contacts
10 12
Mink/contacts - correspondence + subject files
10 13
Patsy Mink Photos
10 14
Mink
May 10, 1972-May 23, 1972
10 15
Patsy Mink - flyers/pubs
10 16
Mink - speech
10 17
Gladys McCoy - Resumes + photos
10 18
Hawaii ERA delegation
10 19
Lesbians + Mary Ricke
10 20
Demo party
1978
10 21
Multnomah county charter
10 22
Women's rights
10 23
Abortion
10 24
Politics
10 25
San Jose
10 26
Houston - pending
10 27
Social services
10 28
Portland Youth Advocates - Runaway Program
10 29
Report of the HEW Task Force on the Treatment of Women Under Social Security
10 30
H.B. 2445/2795
10 31
NWPC/OWPC Convention
1979
10 32
Gay rights
10 33
Residential care facilities
10 34
Oregon tax/finances
10 35
Comision Femenil Mexicana Nacional Annual Report
June 9, 1979
10 36
Sample primary nominating election ballots
May 1972
10 37
Oregon state representatives/senators list
1972
10 38
The Unenforced Law: Title IX Activity by Federal Agencies other than HEW - report
10 39
Violence and Vandalism Conference report
October 17, 1979
10 40
Report of Oregon General Fund Cash Position
1977-November 30, 1978
11 1
Families
11 2
Equal rights amendment
11 3
Child care
11 4
Abortion
11 5
Civil/equal rights
11 6
Discrimination against women
11 7
American legislative exchange
11 8
Correspondence
11 9
National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year
11 10
Northwest women's history project
11 11
Women of the Law - Seattle, Washington
October 1980
11 12
Clippings/articles
11 13
Measures, petitions, bills
11 14
Women's history library
11 15
Political and board candidates
11 16
National Women's Conference - Houston, Texas
November 18, 1977-November 21, 1977
11 17
Newsletters/pubs
11 18
NOW - chapter/contact lists
11 19
Patsy Mink Campaign - petition signatures
11 20
Betty Roberts campaign materials
11 21
Journals and Calendars of the Senate and House
1975
11 22
Joint Legislative Guide
1977
11 23
Oregon Women's Conference - final report
11 24
Employer/lobby list for Oregon Ethics Commission and AAA directory
11 25
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom and OWPC - Portland branch
1977
11 26
Notes
July 1980
11 27
Notes
11 28
Miscellaneous subject files
11 29
Kafoury Miscellaneous
11 30
Portland chapter questionnaires
11 31
Legislative publications
11 32
Publications - NOW and Women's Political
11 33
Pamphlets and Flyers
11 34
Pamphlets and Flyers
11 35
Pamphlets and Flyers
11 36
Alternative Work Schedule Directory: 1st Ed. - NCAWP
11 37
Contact/note book
11 38
Miscellaneous Ephemora
12 1
4-C
12 2
Child care
12 3
Columbia Law Review article
12 4
Domestic violence
12 5
Kafoury property settlement agreement
January 19, 1973
12 6
Miscellaneous
12 7
NOW
12 8
Patsy Mink
12 9
Presidential appointees
12 10
Public office nominations
12 11
Wayne Morse banquet
November 15, 1975
13 1
Kafoury children/school
13 2
Miscellaneous women's organizations newsletters and announcements, etc.
13 4
Anti-discrimination worksheets and info
13 6
Kafoury state representative campaign materials
13 8
Small business administration
13 9
Consulting firms
Fall 1979
13 10
Split benefit life - life insurance
13 12
Flyer and symbol drafts
13 13
Equal rights
13 15
Newsletters, correspondence and publications on a variety of women’s groups and causes
Summer 1979
13 16
Newsletters, correspondence and publications on a variety of women’s groups and causes
13 17
Women's issues - health and energy planning
13 21
Equal Rights Amendment
13 24
Abortion
13 27
Meeting and Issues
1976
13 28
Voter contact services
October 1975
13 29
Willner
1976
13 30
Pending
January 1976
13 31
Pending
December 1975
13 32
Pending
August 1975
13 33
Pending
September 1975
13 34
Pending
October 1975
13 35
Political
1976
13 36
Political
Summer 1975
14 1
"Fuck Housework" poster
1971