Portland Chamber of Commerce records, 1890-1984  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Portland Chamber of Commerce (Or.)
Title
Portland Chamber of Commerce records
Dates
1890-1984 (inclusive)
Quantity
14.5 cubic feet, (2 document cases, 11 record cartons, 3 flats boxes, and 2 oversize folders)
Collection Number
Mss 686
Summary
Records of a civic and business organization of Portland, Oregon, including minutes of meetings, financial records, membership lists, stock books, and records concerning buildings and property, subject and reference files. Also includes records of the Portland Commercial Club, the Oregon State Chamber of Commerce, and other Portland organizations.
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


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Dedicated to promoting the commercial interests of Portland and Oregon, the Portland Chamber of Commerce was incorporated in 1890 as the successor to the Portland Board of Trade. In 1915 it merged with the Portland Commercial Club.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains three groups of materials received by the repository at various times. The first group, Mss 686, consists of financial records, building committee records, records of stock transactions, and membership lists, all of which date from the early years of the Chamber in the 1890s. Also included are materials relating to Raymond B. Wilcox. The second group of materials, designated Mss 686-1, is a folder of monthly reports, 1948-1952, detailing economic and industrial conditions in Portland.

The third and largest group of materials, designated Mss 686-2, contains minutes of meetings of the Board of Directors, 1915-1917; minutes, reports, and correspondence of committees, 1890-1975; membership lists; records concerning Chamber buildings and property; records of Chamber projects and activities, 1915-1982; subject and reference files; and Portland Commercial Club records, 1893, 1903-1915. Also included are Portland Retail Trade Bureau bulletins, 1963-1965; Downtown Promotion Committee correspondence, 1968-1969, and minutes, 1962, 1964-1965; Oregon State Chamber of Commerce minutes and reports, 1918-1931; and "Raw materials survey" records, 1947-1959.

The last group of records is a folder of materials relating to the Portland Commercial Club. These include correspondence, both incoming and outgoing, between Henry R. Beckwith, president, and representatives of New Jersey Governor Woodrow Wilson and President William H. Taft, regarding visits to Portland in 1911. Subjects include itineraries, speaking engagements, travel plans, and security. Programs for the Taft dinner as well as programs for dinner honoring James R. Garfield and president Theodore Roosevelt are also included.

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 Chamber of Commerce records, Mss 686, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Series A:  Mss 686, 1890-1937Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
14/1
Building Committee records (old volume 1)
1891-1893
14/2
Dues and rental accounts (old volume 2)
1893-1895
14/3
Stock book (old volume 3)
1890
14/4
General financial records, including capital stock and interest account (old volume 4)
1890-1896
14/5
Cash account (old volume 5)
1896-1898
15/1
Financial journal, expeditures, and other accounts (old volume 6)
1890-1898
15/2
Cash book (old volume 7)
1890-1893
15/3
Raymond Wilcox materials, including memorial materials
1907-1937

Series B:  Mss 686-1, 1948-1952Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
15/4
Monthly reports
Monthly reports showing principal industrial developments, legislative activities, factory and warehouse expansion and construction, as well as industries ceasing operations in Portland. (34 reports, typescript, mimeo)

Series C:  Mss 686-2, 1890-1984Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Minutes
Executive Committee, Board of Directors
Box/Folder
1/1
1937 April 13-November 17
1/2
1937 December 2-1938 October 27
1/3
1938 November 3-1939 November 16
1/4
1939 November 30-1941 June 19
1/5
1941 June 26-1942 September 24
1/6
1942 October 1-1944 March 30
1/7
1944 April 13-1946 May 9
1/8
1946 May 29-1948 May 20
1/9
1948 June 3-1950 July 20
1/10
1950 August 24-1954 May 14
1/11
1957 September 13-1959 December 4
1/12
1960 January 8-1961 May 19
1/13
1961 June 9-1962 December 14
1/14
1962 December 18-1963 December 10
1/15
1964 January 10-December 18
1/16
1965 January 8-July 9
1/17
1965 August 27-1966 February 11
1/18
1966 February 18-December 30
1/19
1967 January 13-December 1
1/20
1968 January 12-December 6
1/21
1966 January 10-1969 December 12
2/1
1970 January 9-November 20
2/2
1971 January 8-December 10
2/3
1972 February 11-December 8
Board of Directors
Includes committee reports, memoranda, and other materials
Box/Folder
2/4
1964 September 18-December 18
2/5
1965 January 15-December 17
2/6
1966 February 18-June 20
2/7
1966 September 2-December 30
2/8
1967 January 20-March 24
2/9
1967 April 7-21
2/10
1967 May 19-November 21
2/11
Reports and memoranda only
1968 March-October
2/12
1969 April 18-1970 December 11
2/13
1971 January 15-November 19
Committees of the Board of Directors
Box/Folder
2/14
Agricultural Committee--minutes, memos, etc.
1973-1975
2/15
Budget Committee--First draft of budget
1962
2/16
Forestry Committee--Roster, minutes, memos, etc.
1940; 1970; 1973
2/17
Oregon Development Fund Trustees--Minutes
1923-1927
2/18
Oregon Development Fund Trustees--Correspondence, reports, etc.
1923-1927
2/19
Past Presidents' Council--Minutes, correspondence, etc.
1931
2/20
Recreational Resource Committee--Rosters, minutes, etc.
1973-1975
2/21
Special School Levy Committee
undated
2/22
Committee rosters
1964; 1969
Chamber organization and membership
Box/Folder
2/23
Articles of incorporation
  • Articles of incorporation, 1890, 1905
  • Supplementary articles of incorporation, 1929, 1937; by-laws, 1924, 1929, 1931, 1935, 1937, 1939, 1960
1890-1960
2/24
Chamber organization chart; Portland Chamber organization
1915; 1922-1927
2/25
Oregon State Chamber of Commerce--By-laws, porgram of work, finance program
undated
2/26
Information returns for tax-exempt organizations
1941-1949; 1951-1953
2/27
Portland Chamber membership directory
1925
2/28
Plural membership list, revised
1960
2/29
Classified membership list
1960
Properties
Box/Folder
2/30
Chamber property--Purchasing contract
1931
2/31
Building mortgage--Correspondence, documents, financial statements
1935-1941
2/32
Building insurance
1934-1937
2/33
Application for property tax exemption
1945-1946
2/34
Building remodeling specifications
1964
2/35
Annual report
1894
Activities
Box/Folder
3/1
Convention promotion
1939-1968
3/2
External promotion, Boston
1966
3/3
Script, "100 minus 5 and you : a panorama of Portland progress"
circa 1965
3/4
Scripts: "Roasts of Donald V. McCallum and Bill Wessinger"
undated
3/5
Proposed enlargement of the Columbia River Channel--Correspondence
1925-1926
3/6
Proposed enlargement of Columbia River Channel--Hearings and report
1925-1926
3/7
Resolution urging railroad rate parity for Columbia River points
circa 1915
3/8
Legislation: social security
1939-1940
3/9
Legislation: throughway highway
1946-1947
3/10
Proposed ordinance, City of Portland
undated
3/11
Oregon business leader of the year award: nomination of C. Howard Burnett
1982
3/12
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry: building fund drive
undated
3/13
Pacific Northwest Occupational Health Conference
1963-1966
3/14
Membership campaigns--Reports, correspondence, etc.
1925-1926
3/15
Membership campaigns--Correspondence, memos, forms, agenda, campaign newsletter, etc.
undated
Subject and reference files
Box/Folder
3/16
"An empire : shall it be developed or shall it be crushed?"--Western Inland Waterways Corporation
1934
3/17
"Exposition recreation center sites," City of Portland
1955
3/18
Forestry
undated
3/19
History of Portland Chamber
undated
3/20
"Hotel survey report, Portland, Oregon," The Hockenbury System Inc.
1957
3/21
Oregon history reference file
undated
3/22
Reciprocal trade pact (visit of Henry F. Grady)
1939
3/23
U.S. census
1940
3/24
U.S. Postal Service, Portland--Post office revenues, 1850-1944; U.S. Government-occupied office space, Portland
1944-1945
3/25
U.S. Postal Service, Portland: postal zone directory
1943
Box/Folder
3/26
General correspondence
1925-1969
3/27
General Chamber ephemera
1892-1984
Affiliated organizations
Box/Folder
3/28
Portland Commercial Club--Articles of Incorporation
1906
3/29
Portland Commercial Club--Loan for members
1908
Portland Retail Trade Bureau
Box/Folder
3/31
Bulletins
1963
3/32
Bulletins
1964
3/33
Bulletins
1965
3/34
Bulletins, memos, etc.
1966
3/35
Correspondence
1968 January-June
3/36
Correspondence
1968 July-1969 January
3/37
Downtown Promotions Committee minutes
1964
Box/Folder
3/38-39
Portland Retail Trade Bureau--Downtown Promotions Committee minutes
1962-1965
Scrapbooks
Box/Folder
4/1
1944-1945
4/2
1946
4/3
1948
4/4
1949
4/5
1950
4/6
1961
Bound Volumes
Box/Folder
10/1
Portland Chamber of Commerce, Finance Committee--Minutes
1890 June 4-1897 January 15
10/2
Portland Chamber of Commerce--Minutes of meetings; Board meeting minutes
1895 January 24-1897 May 20; 1898 May 4
5/1
Portland Commercial Club, Board of Governors--Minutes
1903 Febuary 18-1906 March 19
5/2
Portland Commercial Club records
  • Articles of incorporation, 1893 February 15
  • Amended constitution, 1906 April 16
  • House rules, undated, signed by club members (through March 1915)
  • Signed officers' oaths, 1906-1909
  • Board of Governors' minutes, 1906 April 16
  • Minutes of special meeting for general membership, 1906 April 16
  • Board minutes, 1906 April 23-1908 January 6
1893-1915
5/3
Portland Commercial Club, Board of Governors' minutes
1908 January 13-1910 January 11
5/4
Portland Commercial Club, Board of Governors' minutes; proposed amendments to constitution
1910 January 18-1912 November 26; 1910 December 24; 1911 January 28
5/5
Portland Commercial Club, Board of Governors' minutes
1912 March 17-1915
Portland Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors' minutes
Box/Folder
6/1
  • Board minutes, 1915 May 11-1917 April 14
  • Executive Committee minutes, 1915 May 11-1917 March 30
1915-1917
6/2
  • Board minutes, 1917 April 11-1919 August 6
  • Executive Committee minutes, 1917 April 18-December 18
  • General membership minutes, 1918 October 4-December 2, 1918 December 18
1917-1919
6/3
1919 August 13-1920 September 1
6/4
1920 September 8-1921 October 26
6/5
1921 November 2-1923 June 27
6/6
1923 July 11-1925 September 9
7/1
1925 September 16-1928 March 28
7/2
1928 April 4-1931 February 20
7/3
1934 February 16-1936 January 3
7/4
1937 December 13-1943 July 16
7/5
1943 August 12-1949 January 14
7/6
Includes lists of committee members, memoranda, reports, and copies of correspondence.
1949 January 28-1953 February 20
8/1
Includes memoranda and reports
1953 March 20-1956 April 20
8/2
Includes memoranda, reports, policy declaration, etc.
1956 March 16; 1956 May 17-1959 April 17
8/3
Includes memoranda, policy declarations, copies of correspondence, reports, etc.
1959 June 19-1961 July 21
8/4
Includes memoranda, copies of correspondence, reports
1961 August 25-1962 September 21
8/5
Includes memoranda, reports, policy declarations, copies of correspondence, etc.
1962 October 19-1964 January 17
8/6
Inclueds memornda, reports, lists of members dropped, etc.
1964 February 28-July 17
8/7
Includes memoranda, copies of correspondence, and lists of Directors and committee chairs
1966 November 18; 1967 February 17-1970 March 20
Box/Folder
8/8
"Register"--Possibly of guests of Chamber
1929 April 30-1932 May 27
9/1
Portland Chamber of Commerce general records
  • Raw materials survey
  • Revised by-laws, 1955
  • "Questions and answers about the raw materials survey"
  • Authorization of corporate signatures, 1954-1958
  • Board of Directors' minutes, 1947 April 14-1959 April 10 (includes financial statements, 1947-1948; authorizations of corporate signatures, reports [1947], by-laws, and oath of founding directors)
  • Corporators' minutes, 1947 April 14
  • Certificate of Filing Articles of Incorporation, 1947 April 9
  • Articles of incorporation, 1947 April 8
1929-1959
9/2
Property records and articles of incorporation
Correspondence, memoranda, and documents, 1930-1940, concerning property at SW 5th and Taylor, which the Chamber purchased from the Portland School District; articles of incorporation, 1905
1905-1940
11/1
Portland Chamber of Commerce--Records of membership additions and reductions and of commissions paid to membership salesmen
1929 November-1941 December
9/3
Oregon State Chamber of Commerce records
  • Board of Directors' minutes, 1918 December 12-1931 December 30
  • Annual meeting minutes, 1919 December 19-30, 1931 March 26, with reports, tear sheets from Oregon business, annual reports, annual meeting programs, etc.
  • Transcript of annual meeting proceedings, 1924 January 4
  • Monthly reports, 1922 April 1-29
1918-1931
Oversized scrapbooks
Volume
32
Blank membership cards and membership record forms; form letters, directory listing forms, letterhead, etc.
1921-1925; undated
33
News clippings, ads, Toledo Chamber and Portland Chamber membership campaign publicity, etc.
1922-1926
34
"A united Portland program, Portland Chamber of Commerce
Typescript of mayor's proclamation; news clippings; photographs; cartoons; ads; tear sheets; typescripts of speeches; campaign form letters; campaign newsletter, "The united glue"; meeting dockets.
1929 May 21-24
35
News clippings, especially from out of state papers and magazines, mostly promoting Oregon tourism
1940-1941
36
News clippings, photographs, etc.
1952-1962
37
News clippings
1961-1962
38
Annual President's membership campaign materials, form letters, etc.
1963
39
Second annual President's membership campaign materials, form letters, etc.
1964
40
Third annual President's membership campaign materials, publicity, etc.
1965
Volume
Oversize folder
"Members of the Board of Directors, Portland Chamber of Commerce, who have served through 1932-33" (one sheet with portraits of board members)
1932-1933
Oversize folder
"Members of the Board of Directors of the Portland Chamber of Commerce, April 1, 1935-April 1, 1936" (one sheet with portraits of board members)
1935-1936

Series D:  Mss 686-3, 1911Return to Top

Folder of correspondence, both incoming and outgoing, between Henry R. Beckwith, President of the Portland Commercial Club, and representatives of New Jersey Governor Woodrow Wilson and President William Howard Taft, regarding visits to Portland in 1911. Subject include: itineraries, speaking engagements, travel plans, and security. Programs for the Taft dinner as well as programs for dinner honoring James R. Garfield and Theodore Roosevelt are also included.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Business--Oregon--Portland
  • City planning--Oregon--Portland
  • Industries--Oregon--Portland
  • Personal Names :
  • Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924
  • Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919
  • Garfield, James R.
  • Taft, William H. (William Howard), 1857-1930.
  • Wilcox, Raymond
  • Corporate Names :
  • Oregon State Chamber of Commerce
  • Portland Board of Trade (Or.)
  • Portland Chamber of Commerce (Or.) (creator)
  • Portland Retail Trade Bureau (Or.)
  • Downtown Promotions Committe (Portland, Or.)
  • Geographical Names :
  • Portland (Or.)--Economic conditions.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Ledgers
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Minutes
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Beckwith, Henry R. (creator)
    • Corporate Names :
    • Portland Commercial Club (Or.) (creator)