Oregon. State Defense Council. Lane County, District no. 10, (Eugene) records, 1942-1944  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Oregon. State Defense Council. Lane County
Oregon. State Defense Council. Lane County, District no. 10, (Eugene) records
1942-1944 (inclusive)
1.0 linear feet, (2 containers)
Collection Number
Bx 036
The records in this collection are from the Lane County, District no. 10 (Eugene) division of the Oregon State Defense council. The collection (1942-1944) contains correspondence, minutes, committee records, evacuation plans, emergency test reports, minutes of the police reserve group, and University of Oregon Aircraft Warning Service observation post log books.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

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

Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Oregon State Defense Council of World War I was formed in April 1917. The Council ceased to function on January 1, 1919.

The Defense Council was re-created on June 1, 1941 by Executive Order of governor Charles A. Sprague. The Defense Council organized civilian services including salvage, rationing, public welfare, child care, recreation, and health services. The Defense Council also concerned itself with the fighting of forest fires and blackout and dimout testing.

In June 1942, the Defense Council changed its organizational structure to conform with the United States Office of Civilian Defense guidelines. Two major divisions, the Civilian Protection Division and the Civilian War Services Division, were organized.

The Civilian Protection Division consisted of several subdivisions including Emergency Food and Housing, Evacuation, Camouflage, Aircraft Warning Service, Lighting, Public Utilities, Sanitation, Decontamination, Shore Patrol, Civil Air Patrol, Emergency Medical Service, and the Forest Fire Fighter Service.

The Civilian War Services Division operated primarily as a liaison between federal bureaus and local defense councils. This Division helped counties organize civil defense service programs, set up volunteer bureaus, and establish Block Leader systems. The subdivision of the Civilian Protection Division included defense housing, salvage, consumer interests and rationing, agriculture and victory gardens, and health and welfare services. In July of 1942, the Information and Public Relations Division was formed. After 1943, the Defense Council's activities diminished rapidly and by 1945 the Defense Council ceased to exist.

[Source: Oregon State Archives]

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Records include: correspondence and minutes, filter center logs, organization charts, orders, evacuation plans, personnel records, emergency test reports, coordinating committee records, minutes of the police reserve group, and University of Oregon Aircraft Warning Service observation post log books.

The coordinator of the UO Aircraft Warning Service was UO professor Luther S. Cressman.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Oregon. State Defense Council. Lane County, District no. 10, (Eugene) records, Bx 036, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • World War, 1939-1945--Oregon
  • Corporate Names :
  • Oregon. State Defense Council. Lane County
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Correspondence
  • Minutes
  • Reports