Robert O. Brown drawings, circa 1949-1978  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Brown, Robert O., 1938-
Title
Robert O. Brown drawings
Dates
circa 1949-1978 (inclusive)
Quantity
.45 linear feet (1 document case)
Collection Number
Mss 2878
Summary
Beginning in 1949, Robert O. Brown began collecting information on early Portland neighborhoods and their architecture and drew detailed drawings of Portland buildings and residences. The collection consists of photocopies of drawings of Portland buildings and residences and photocopies of rough maps of some areas of the city.
Repository
Oregon Historical Society Research Library
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
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Beginning in 1949 at age eleven, Robert O. Brown began collecting information on early Portland neighborhoods and their architecture and drew detailed drawings of Portland buildings and residences. As a delivery boy for the Oregonian, Brown became concerned with the destruction and remodeling of Victorian-style houses and began to document them. Many of these structures have since been destroyed.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of photocopies of detailed drawings of Portland buildings and residences and photocopies of rough maps of some areas of the city. A copy of a 1978 biographical article, "A Record of Our Past," about the activities of Robert O. Brown, is included. The collection contains notes by Brown on architectural styles and characteristics and some photocopies of photographs of buildings and residences. Many areas of Portland are represented, with the northeast and southeast areas receiving the most attention.

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 before any publication use. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.

Preferred Citation

Robert O. Brown Papers, Mss2878, Oregon Historical Society Research Library

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Folder
1 Time Image article, "A Record of our Past"
Photocopy of biographical article about Robert O. Brown
October 1978
2 Architectural characteristics
Notes and instructions on how to use collection by Robert O. Brown
undated
3 Albina--Willamette River at Russell Street to NE 7th Avenue (N and NE Portland)
4 "Elizabeth Irving Addition" (NE Portland)
5 "John Irving Addition" (NE Portland)
6 "Holladay and Wheeler Additions" (NE Portland)
Includes hand-drawn maps, photocopies of photographs, and notes on various structures
7 "McMillan Addition" (NE Portland)
8 "Sullivan's Addition" (NE Portland)
9 Glisan Street--33rd Avenue--Belmont Street--20th Avenue (NE and SE Portland)
10 Willamette River--Glisan Street--20th Avenue--Hawthorne Boulevard (NE and SE Portland)
11 "Stephens Addition" (SE Portland)
12 Belmont Street--16th Avenue--Hawthorne Boulevard--30th Avenue (SE Portland)
13 Stark Street--30th Avenue--Hawthorne Boulevard--39th Avenue (SE Portland)
14 SE Portland, including Brooklyn
Includes photocopy of photograph of Kelly House
15 "Carruthers Addition" (SW Portland)
16 South of SW Arthur Street--Willamette River to Hill (SW Portland)
17 Downtown (SW Portland)
Includes churches, schools, street scenes, photocopies of photographs, and notes on various structures
18 Lincoln Street--Broadway--Jefferson Street--Willamette River (SW Portland)
19 Lincoln Street--Broadway--Jefferson Street--14th Avenue (SW Portland)
Includes photocopies of photographs of various structures
20 14th Avenue--Jefferson Street--Vista Avenue--Goose Hollow (SW Portland)
21 Jefferson Street--Vista Avenue--Burnside Street--Willamette River (SW Portland)
Includes photocopies of photographs and notes on various structures
22 Burnside Street--11th Avenue--Quimby Street--23rd Avenue (NW Portland)
Includes photocopies of photographs and notes on various structures
23 Irvington (NE Portland)
24 East of 24th Avenue and north of Glisan Street (NE Portland)

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Architecture--Oregon--Portland
  • Buildings--Oregon--Portland
  • Portland (Or.) Buildings, structures, etc.
  • Personal Names :
  • Brown, Robert O. (Robert Oliver), 1938- (creator)
  • Geographical Names :
  • Portland (Or.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Drawings
  • Photocopies