Gertrude Glutsch Jensen papers, 1951-1970 PDF
- Jensen, Gertrude Glutsch, 1903-1986
- Gertrude Glutsch Jensen papers
- 1951-1970 (inclusive)19511970
- 3.0 linear feet, (2 containers)
- Collection Number
- Ax 658
- The collection contains the professional files of one of Oregon's leading conservationists in the mid-twentieth century, Gertrude Glutsch Jensen. The collection includes materials relating to the Columbia River Gorge Commission, the Oregon Roadside Council, the Civil War Centennial Commission, and the Portland Women's Forum. The material is in the form of reports, letters, notes, and minutes.
- University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
- Access Restrictions
Collection is open to the public.
Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.
- Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Historical NoteReturn to Top
Gertrude Glutsch Jensen was born on May 17, 1903 in Portland, Oregon. She attended Shatuck Grade School, and Lincoln High School before graduation from Franklin high School. Upon graduation in the 1920s, Gertrude attended Reed College, where she studied political science. Upon graduation from Reed, she became a free-lance journalist for The Oregonian for fourteen years. During this time, specifically the 1930s and 1940s, Gertrude worked to help people who were deaf, as her mother was deaf.
In 1938, she became a real estate broker and helped to create state legislation to regulate real estate brokerage conduct. This being the first such legislature in the nation. Gertrude really got her start in conservation activism when she took a trip with her son, Frederic, down the Columbia Gorge to Latourell Falls. There they saw loggers cutting down the trees. She was prompted to examine why loggers were allowed to log in the gorge.
With her new-found desire, Gertrude became the first chairwoman of the Oregon Columbia River Gorge Commission, which she was instrumental in forming. She retained this post from 1953 to 1969. During and after that time, she fought vigorously to keep industrial development out of the Gorge at one point launching a one woman campaign to oust members of the State Highway Commission who she felt were jeopardizing the gorge. She also fought a bitter battle to prevent the erection of a scrap steel mill at Cascade Locks. By the end of her tenure, she had been instrumental in designating 3,000 acres of Oregon land as scenic area.
Gertrude Jensen received numerous awards for her activism throughout her lifetime. These awards and distinctions include: The Award of Merit in New York from the American Society for Preservation of Scenic and Historic Areas (1953); the Matrix Table Award by the Portland Alumni Chapter of Theta Sigma Phi, a journalism honorary (1960); Department of Interior's Conservation Service Award (considered her greatest honor) (1961); Portland Women's Forum's Woman of the Year (1963); and she was the first recipient of Gov. Tom McCall's Distinguished Service Award (1964). She had also earned the name "Angel of the Gorge" by the mid-1960s.
Gertrude Glutsch Jensen was an amazing woman who was always trying to better the world. She was constantly trying to convince senators and politicians of the importance of her mission. Mrs. Jensen died in December of 1986 from a long battle with heart trouble. She was survived by her only son, two grandsons, and five great-grand children.
Source: "Death Takes Columbia Gorge Protector." The Oregonian. 28 December 1986. p. B1.)
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The Gertrude Glutsch Jensen Papers contains activist materials for various conservation organizations and public matters in Oregon. The papers comprise minutes and other records of organizations in which Mrs. Jensen was interested, notably the Columbia River Gorge Commission, 1951-1970, the Oregon Roadside Council, 1960-1970; and the Civil War Centennial Commission, 1958-1960. The correspondence files include correspondence with Guy Cordon, Charles Ladd, Paul Patterson, Richard Neuberger, Maurine Neuberger and Wayne Morse. There are also 40 letters from Kathleen Eloisa Rockwell, "Klondike Kate," spanning from 1951 to 1957.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
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[Identification of item], Gertrude Glutsch Jensen Papers, Ax 658, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
Series I: Columbia River Gorge CommissionReturn to Top
Budget-Emergency Board, Special Session
|Summer 1967, Fall 1967|
Legislature Committee-Ways and Means
|March 8, 1965|
Oregon State Legislature HB 1233
|1||18||July 1, 1958-December 30, 1958|
|1||19||January 1958-July 1958|
Rooster Rock State Park
|1||25||July 1, 1956-January 1, 1957|
Minutes and Memos on Meetings
Papers relating to Columbia Gorge Bill
Gorge Ruby's Priority Chart
Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, letters
Separation of State Parks-Gertrude Dunn
Reforestation of Columbia River Gorge
Majority and Minority Reports and Meeting with Governor Patterson prior to 1955 Legislature
Letters Relating to Mt. Hood Forest Exchange Policy
Mt. Hood Forest Service (Joe Robbins Timberland Transaction)
Ownerships on Crow Point Basin
Owners of Lands sold for Foxes in the Gorge, letter to County commissioners, Letter of Rufus Holman, Resolution by Oregon Roadside Council
Multnomah Falls Basin-County Land Sales
Interstate Gorge Conference: Board of Directors Room, United States National Bank
|April 21, 1952|
Columbia River Gorge Notes
Meeting Before County Commissioners
|February 14, 1952|
Commissioner Bowers City Signboard Committee
Russell Getty File
|1955, 1956, 1957|
Maurine Neuberger letters
Death of Senator Richard Neuberger
Senator Neuberger's letters
Letters sent by Gertrude Dunn and Gertrude Jensen #1
Senator Cordon correspondence
Charlie Ladd-State Forester's reports on logging in the Gorge
Governor Paul Patterson correspondence
Letters sent by Gertrude Dunn and Gertrude Jensen #2
Incoming Correspondence: "Klondike Kate"
Miscellaneous Letters and Clippings Received
Series II: Portland Women's ForumReturn to Top
Resolutions re: Gorge Progress Reports #2, and #3
Progress Report (Beginning of Gorge Conservation)
Minutes "Save the Gorge" Committee
Related Conservation Projects
Series III: Oregon Roadside CouncilReturn to Top
Roster of Board Members and Officers
Series IV: Civil War Centennial CommissionReturn to Top
Appointment and correspondence
Bulletins to Members
Series V: Published ItemsReturn to Top
"From Sea to Shining Sea: A Report on the American Environment--Our Natural Heritage"
87th Congress, 1st Session. House Hearing. Subcommittee on forests of the Committee on Agriculture
|October 6, 1961|
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Subject Terms :
- Conservation of natural resources--Oregon
- Environmental law--Oregon
- Environmental protection--Oregon
- Land use--Oregon
- Wilderness areas--Law and legislation--Columbia River Gorge (Or. and Wash.)
- Women conservationists--Oregon
- Personal Names :
- Cordon, Guy--Correspondence
- Jensen, Gertrude Glutsch, 1903-1986--Archives
- Ladd, Charles--Correspondence
- Morse, Wayne L. (Wayne Lyman), 1900-1974--Correspondence
- Neuberger, Maurine Brown, 1907---Correspondence
- Neuberger, Richard L. (Richard Lewis), 1912-1960--Correspondence
- Patterson, Paul L. (Paul Linton), 1900-1956--Correspondence
- Rockwell, Kathleen Eloisa, 1876-1957
- Corporate Names :
- Oregon Roadside Council
- Oregon. Columbia River Gorge Commission
- Portland Women's Forum (Portland, Or.)
- United States. Civil War Centennial Commission
- Geographical Names :
- Columbia River Gorge (Or. and Wash.)