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W.P.A. Oregon Historical Records Survey records, not yet dated

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Oregon Historical Records Survey
Title
W.P.A. Oregon Historical Records Survey records
Dates
not yet dated
Quantity
45.75 linear feet, (90 containers)
Collection Number
Bx 066
Summary
The Historical Records Survey (H.R.S.) was initiated by the federal government in 1935 as one of five programs under the Works Progress Administration (W.P.A., renamed Work Projects Administration in 1939). All W.P.A. projects ended in February 1943, and most H.R.S. records were deposited in public repositories. The Oregon Historical Records Survey collection, arranged according to its original order, contains detailed documentation of Oregon history and records.
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


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The federal government initiated the Historical Records Survey (H.R.S.) in 1935 to relieve high levels of white-collar unemployment. Established as one of five programs under the Works Progress Administration (W.P.A., renamed Work Projects Administration in 1939), the H.R.S. employed clerical workers and professionals to inventory public and private archives across the nation. The H.R.S. was federally funded and directed until August 1939, when federal law required states to assume complete administrative control and greater financial responsibility for the project. With the beginning of World War II, however, W.P.A. projects unrelated to the war effort were discontinued, and by mid 1942 the H.R.S. project was at a standstill. All W.P.A. projects ended in February 1943, and most H.R.S. records were deposited in public repositories.

The H.R.S.' primary goal was to survey and inventory public state, county, city, and town archives across the United States, as well as private collections and archives. HRS projects were conducted on both the national and state level. The first national project inventoried county records, but surveys of church records, imprints, and manuscripts soon followed. State projects included such diverse topics as Transcriptions of Cemetery Inscriptions (New Hampshire), an Inventory to the Eugenics Records Survey (Vermont), an Index to Indian Depredations (Georgia), the Erie Canal Records Survey (Pennsylvania), and Letters of Famous Oregon Pioneers (Oregon).

The H.R.S.' secondary goal was to publish record inventories to make historical records and documents more accessible to amateur and professional researchers. Attainment of this goal fluctuated greatly between states and individual surveys, and H.R.S. officials estimated that only twenty percent of completed inventories were published. A third goal was archival reorganization and record preservation. In the process of surveying collections, workers often found records neglected, unorganized, stored under bad conditions, or, in the case of one Iowa county courthouse, used for kindling. Workers' efforts saved many collections from disposal or irreversible damage.

State projects deposited their records in various institutions when the H.R.S. officially ended in 1943 in hope that the survey would continue after the war. The Oregon H.R.S. deposited its records with the University of Oregon and the Oregon State Library at Salem. Other collections received less favorable treatment, however. Archivist Leonard Rapport found the Massachusetts H.R.S. records "in 132 bundles, wrapped like laundry but feeling like short-weight sacks of Portland cement" in the "surrealist circus-tent setting" of a Forbes Library attic. He also reported that some records were misplaced or discarded for lack of space. The Maine H.R.S. records, for example, were dumped into Casco Bay soon after the project ended as no repository was willing to accept them. In the 1970s Rapport and the Society of American Archivists brought attention to H.R.S. work by locating the surviving unpublished records and publishing The Historical Records Survey: A Guide to the Unpublished Inventories, Indexes, and Transcripts (Chicago, 1980).

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Oregon Historical Records Survey collection is arranged according to its original order, and most of the documents are in excellent condition. It is valuable because it contains detailed documentation of Oregon history and records, and because it provides insight into H.R.S. administrative and editorial processes. It is arranged by series, and is composed primarily of historical essays, standardized forms, transcriptions of documents, interviews, research notes, and W.P.A. instructions and correspondence. Some photographs, floor plans, and pamphlets are also included. The series are: County Records Inventory Survey, Individual Manuscripts Survey, Historic Buildings Survey, Maps and Photographs Survey, State Boards of Commission, Out of State Files, County Commissioners' Journals, Education Survey, Oregon Church History Survey, American Imprints Survey, Manuscripts Survey, Radio Scripts, Letters of Famous Oregon Pioneers, WPA Historical Records Survey Administrative Documents, Oregon State Survey, Miscellaneous Documents, Oregon Imprints, and Photographs. Note that the last arrangement of records ("Oversize Materials", Boxes 87-88) is not a separate series but a flat box and a flat file drawer created during rehousing to protect and preserve large documents.

The Oregon H.R.S. was the most comprehensive documentary project of Oregon history and related records of its time. The territorial and pioneer periods of the mid- to late nineteenth century receive the greatest attention, with an emphasis on the growth of state government and infrastructure, business and agriculture, transportation, education, biography, and relations between social groups. Native Americans figure prominently in this collection. Historical essays introduce some of this information, but most information is supplied by standardized forms. The usefulness of the forms varies significantly, as some provide only a document’s general description, location (circa 1942), and physical condition, while others include a full transcription of the document.

This collection also reveals a great deal about H.R.S. administrative and editorial processes, as most series contain project-specific administrative correspondence and instructions. H.R.S. Director Luther Evans implemented strict procedural guidelines and assembly line techniques to facilitate uniform project results across the nation. To this end H.R.S. workers received detailed instruction manuals and standardized forms such as the Individual Record Form and the Church History Form. Editors subjected H.R.S. work to rigorous editorial standards, which included checking and double-checking facts, requesting more information, and correcting and reorganizing prose. Questions in the margins of Oregon H.R.S. forms and essay drafts reflect these procedures. In spite of federal attempts at uniformity, however, the quality, precision, and extent of information provided by essays and standardized forms varied from worker to worker.

Researchers may compare the (circa) 1940s locations of county records referred to in this collection (in standardized forms or transcriptions) with their current depositories by consulting the Oregon County Records Inventories (Oregon State Archives: Oregon Historical Records Project, 1995). These four volumes are located in the reference section of the University of Oregon's Special Collections department. Among the county records series that appear in the Oregon H.R.S. collection that can be cross-referenced with the 1995 inventories are, among others, birth, death, marriage, and divorce records, County Commissioners' Journals, and Married Women's Property Registers.

It is likely that some Oregon Federal Writers Project (another W.P.A. program) records were combined with the H.R.S. records in our collection. The Radio Scripts Series provides the clearest example of this likelihood. Researchers interested in H.R.S. records for counties not listed here should contact the Oregon State Library (Salem), with whom the Oregon H.R.S. records collection was divided in late 1942.

Other Descriptive InformationReturn to Top

The University of Oregon’s Knight Library and Special Collections contain a number of resources for those desiring more information about the history of the H.R.S. Of particular interest are addresses made by H.R.S. directors Luther Evans and Sargent B. Child during H.R.S. operation. Evans' 1938 statement to a Senate subcommittee, The Historical Records Survey: A Statement on its Program and Accomplishments Presented to the Sub-committee of the Senate Committee on Education and Labor (Washington, D.C., 1938, Knight Library: CD3020.H53), clearly describes H.R.S. goals and achievements. His 1939 address to the 48th congress of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Preservation of the Nation's Records (New York, 1939, Knight Library: E11. E82), also provides a detailed look at H.R.S. philosophy, procedures, and programs. Subsequent director Sargent B. Child's address to a group of Cincinnati organizations, Status and Plans for Completion of the Inventories of the Historical Records Survey (Washington, D.C., 1940, Knight Library: CD3020.H6C45), focuses more on H.R.S. publications. It also provides insight into changes wrought by the transfer of H.R.S. administration from the federal to the state level.

Another useful contemporary publication is Robert Wilson Kidder's essay "The Historical Records Survey: Activities and Publications" in Library Quarterly (13(2), 1943, Knight Library: Z671.L713). It briefly introduces H.R.S. history, then concisely describes H.R.S. projects and provides corresponding examples of inventory entries. This essay reveals how some members of the public interpreted H.R.S. work and progress circa 1941, and makes interesting projections about the usefulness of its results for future researchers and government officials.

Later assessments of the H.R.S. document archivists' rediscovery of valuable H.R.S. material and contrast nicely with the above contemporaneous accounts. The most useful may be Loretta Hefner's The WPA Historical Records Survey: A Guide to the Unpublished Inventories, Indexes, and Transcripts (Chicago, 1980, Special Collections Reference: Z1236.H437). This guide traces the life cycle of the H.R.S., touches on its postwar neglect, and focuses on its rediscovery and preservation efforts by archivists in the 1970s. It also contains an alphabetical state-by-state listing of H.R.S. record repositories. On a similar note, an entire issue of The American Archivist (37(2), 1974, Knight Library: CD3020.A45) was devoted to the H.R.S. Although most articles in this issue focus on specific state H.R.S. programs, Edward Papenfuse's "'A Modicum of Commitment': The Present and Future Importance of the Historical Records Survey" provides insight into the H.R.S.' effect on archival procedures and suggests how researchers can utilize the surviving H.R.S. forms.

For those interested in the general history of the W.P.A., the standard work remains William McDonald's Federal Relief Administration and the Arts (Columbus, Ohio, 1969, Knight Library: NX745.M3). This exhaustive, synthetic study first traces how provision of social welfare services and unemployment relief shifted from private agencies to the federal government, then discusses the growth of the W.P.A. and its specific programs. The section on the H.R.S. addresses the project's birth, growth, qualifications for employment, administrative changes and personalities, and descriptions of its purpose and different inventory projects.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

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.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], W.P.A. Oregon Historical Records Survey records, Bx 066, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Collection Inventory, Index to Marine HistoryReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 1

County Records Inventory SurveyReturn to Top

The County Records Inventory Survey series (boxes 1-38) was the inaugural national H.R.S. project whose goal was publication of county records inventories. Due to World War II and the subsequent end of W.P.A. projects, however, only select inventories reached publication. Standardized forms that represent workers' fieldwork constitute the bulk of this series. Historical sketches also figure prominently, and were intended to be introductions for each county inventory. The box and folder listing below reveals the broad range of information covered by this series. The pioneer period (1840-1900) is especially well documented, and subjects include the history and organization of county government, care and accessibility of county records, the growth of county infrastructure, law, business and industry, education, religion, population statistics, and social relations. Extensive biographical information exists in interviews, transcriptions of journals, and newspaper clippings. This series contains a good deal of information about Native Americans and Chinese in Oregon.

A potential drawback to this series is its awkward organization. It is arranged alphabetically by county, and each county’s records are arranged by topic (see standardized Roman numeral key reproduced below). Furthermore, each county is also indexed by specific subjects (see Box 1, folders 2-38, for county-specific indexes). A person may find this series more approachable by being creative about subject descriptions. For instance, the researcher may be interested in relations between Native Americans and pioneers. One may begin by examining a specific county, or if numerous counties are of interest one could examine each county’s records according to the Roman numeral subject key. Roman numeral XII, “Indian Wars,” would be a logical starting point. (This title does not sufficiently reflect the corresponding folders’ contents, but has been maintained because of its historical precedence in the collection. It is usually described as "Indian Affairs" in the “Contents” section of the Box and Folder Listing below). One should also consider such categories as I ("General history"), and II ("Establishment of towns"), as well as III ("Social Statistics") and even VI ("Business and Industry"). Many pioneers' interviews also touch on the subject of Native Americans. If the researcher is interested in a specific topic related to Native America, however, he or she may find the county subject indexes useful.

Other Descriptive InformationReturn to Top

Oregon H.R.S. workers used the following key to organize general historical information and county records by topic gathered during the County Records Inventory Survey (C.R.I.S.). The upper left-hand corner of most of the standardized forms in the C.R.I.S. series reflects workers' use of this key. It is included here both to reflect the series' original organization and to provide researchers with general guidance.

Container(s) Description Dates
Indices of survey forms, general histories, and interviews
(* Indicates records are housed at Oregon State Library, Salem.)
Box Folder
1 2
Baker County
1 3
Benton County*
1 4
Clackamas County
1 5
Clatsop County
1 6
Columbia County
1 7
Coos County*
1 8
Crook County
1 9
Curry County
1 10
Deschutes County
1 11
Douglas County
1 12
Gilliam County
1 13
Grant County
1 14
Harney County
1 15
Hood River County*
1 16
Jackson County
1 17
Jefferson County
1 18
Josephine County*
1 19
Klamath County
1 20
Lake County
1 21
Lane County
1 22
Linn County*
1 23
Lincoln County
1 24
Malheur County
1 25
Marion County
1 26
Morrow County*
1 27
Multnomah County*
1 28
Polk County
1 29
Portland
1 30
Sherman County
1 31
Tillamook County*
1 32
Umatilla County*
1 33
Union County
1 34
Wallowa County
1 35
Wasco County*
1 36
Washington County*
1 37
Wheeler County
1 38
Yamhill County
1 39
Key to City Organization and General History Subject Classification, draft
Baker County
(* Indicates folder contained no material upon accession.)
Box Folder
2 1
General history (I A)
2 2
General history (I A2)
2 3
Baker City (including transcription of Baker City Charter, ordinances) (II B)
2 4
Cornucopia (II B)
2 5
Haines (II B)
2 6
Halfway (II B)
2 7
Hereford (II B)
2 8
Huntington (II B)
2 9
Richland (II B)
2 10
Sparta (II B)
2 11
Sumpter (II B)
2 12
Ghost towns (Auburn, Clarks Creek, LaGrande, Green Horn, Parkersville, Fort Sumpter, Whitney) (II C)
2 13
Population statistics (III A)
1870-1925
2 14
No material* (III B)
2 15
Ethnic and racial topics (III C)
2 16
Marriage, divorce, and death records, including transcription of Marriage Book (III D)
1863-1877
2 17
Public welfare and health (III E)
2 18
Property taxes and assessments (IV A)
2 19
Poll tax (IV B)
1875
2 20
County statistics (IV B)
1873
2 21
County finances (IV D)
2 22
Agriculture, farming (V A)
2 23
Grazing Board, brands, stock inspections (V B)
2 24
No material* (V C)
2 25
Dairy products (V D)
1925
2 26
No material* (V E)
2 27
Early Auburn history (V F)
2 28
Baker County Stock and Agricultural Association including historical sketch, Articles of Incorporation (V G)
1889-1890
2 29
Irrigation (V H)
2 30
Auburn ledger and account book (VI A)
1864-1865
2 31
Lumber industry, remodeling of county courthouse (VI B)
1940
2 32
Early Oregon mining (VI C)
including general history, mining laws, water claims, articles of incorporation, production, mineral handbook, description of town of Whitney
2 33
No material* (VI D)
2 34
Auburn Brewery bill of sale (VI E)
1868
2 35
No material* (VI F)
2 36
Auburn store account book, transcription (VI F)
1864-1865
3 1
Banking: general history, incorporations (VI G)
1894-1909
3 2
No material* (VI H)
3 3
No material* (VI I)
3 4
No material* (VI J)
3 5
No material* (VI K)
3 6
No material* (VII A)
3 7
Roads and ferries (VII B)
3 8
Post offices, federal court, telegraph line (VII C)
3 9
Railroads (VII D)
late 1800s-early 1900s
3 10
Telephone company incorporations (VII E)
1897-1914
3 10
Telephone directory (VII E)
1938
3 11
Baker Airport (VII F)
1937
3 12
No material* (VII G)
3 13
Newspapers, newspaper incorporations (VIII A)
1892-1911
3 14
Public schools (IX A)
3 15
Private schools and colleges (IX B)
3 16
No material* (IX C)
3 17
School records, statistics (IX D)
3 18
Recreation (Pioneers’ dance, dude ranch) (X A)
3 19
Biographies and obituaries (XI)
3 20
Indian affairs (XII)
3 21
Politics (XIII)
3 22
Personal narrative (interviews) (XIV A)
3 23
City cemetery (XIV B)
3 24
Artifacts (XIV C)
3 25
Commemorations and plaques (XIV D)
3 26
Local legend (“The Miff Tree”) (XIV E)
3 27
Local legends (XIV F)
3 28
Origins of place names (XIV G)
3 29
Local events and celebrations, community organizations (XIV H)
3 30
Liquor license applications (XIV I)
3 31
Work of local authors (XIV J)
3 32
Fossil remains (XIV K)
3 33
No material* (XIV L)
3 34
No material* (XIV M)
Baker County Churches
Box Folder
3 35
Seventh Day Adventist
3 36
Baptist
3 37
Catholic
3 38
Christian
3 39
Church of Christ
3 40
Church of God
3 41
Episcopal
3 42
Jewish synagogue
3 43
Latter Day Saints
3 44
Lutheran
3 45
Methodist Episcopal
3 46
Nazarene
3 47
Pentecostal Tabernacle
3 48
Presbyterian
3 49
Christian Scientist
3 50
Miscellaneous churches and missions
Clackamas County
(* Indicates folder contained no material upon accession.)
Box Folder
3 51
General history (I A)
3 52
Historical sketches, journal of Rev. Neil Jackson (1873), land claims (I A)
1873
4 1
Oregon City (II A)
4 2
Oregon City, including photographs, city seals, instructions (II B)
4 3
Oregon City (II B)
4 4
Canby (II B)
4 5
Milwaukee, Gladstone (II B)
4 6
Molalla (II B)
4 7
Miscellaneous towns (Aurora, New Era, Oak Grove, Sandy, Willamette) (II B)
4 8
Mulino (II B)
4 9
Oswego (II B)
4 10
West Linn (II B)
4 11
Butteville (II C)
4 12
Census (III A)
1851, 1865, 1867
4 13
No material* (III B)
4 14
Slavery records (III C)
1851
4 14
Citizenship applications (III C)
1853
4 15
Marriage, divorce, birth, death records (III D)
4 16
Public welfare (poor relief, care of orphans and paupers) and public health (disease, institutions, care providers, Board of Health) (III E)
4 17
Property assessments, taxes, Office of Recorder (IV A)
4 18
County finances (IV B)
4 19
County budget (IV C, D)
4 20
Farming, county weed control (V A)
4 21
Grazing, stock marks, animal bounties (V B)
4 22
Horticulture and fruit farming (V C)
4 23
Fruit farming: Luelling/Lewelling family (Oregon pioneers) (V D)
4 24
No material* (V E)
4 25
County Fair Association (V F)
4 26
No material* (V G)
4 27
Drainage (V H)
4 28
Early business (VI A)
4 29
Timber industry (rangers, mills) (VI B)
4 30
Mining industry (iron, gold, claims) (VI C)
4 31
Flour mills (including mill deed to Joe Lane) (VI D)
4 32
Early manufacturing (wool, paper, furniture, etc.) (VI E)
4 33
Merchandise and selling (VI F)
4 34
Banking and currency (VI G)
4 35
Water and electric utilities (VI H)
mid-, late 1800s, 1913
4 36
No material* (VI I)
4 37
Fish hatcheries (VI J)
1890, 1893
4 38
No material* (VI K)
4 39
Navigation (shipping, canals) (VII A)
4 40
Roads, bridges, and ferries (VII B)
5 1
Railroads (VII C)
5 2
Post offices (VII D)
5 3
No material* (VII E)
5 4
No material* (VII F)
5 5
No material* (VII G)
5 6
Newspapers (VIII A)
5 7
Public schools (IX A)
5 8
Private schools (IX B)
5 9
Colleges (IX C)
5 10
School records (IX D)
5 11
Recreation (including baseball, dance halls, history of Mt. Hood) (X A)
5 12
Biographies, autobiographies, letters, and obituaries (XI)
5 13
Indian affairs (XII)
including establishment of militia and citizen patrols, violence between Indians and settlers (especially Whitman massacre), publication by Indian School
1884
5 14
County politics, law, liquor sales (XIII)
ca. 1840s-1850s, early 1900s
5 15
Personal narrative, interviews (XIV A)
5 16
Cemetery (XIV B)
5 17
Artifacts (XIV C)
5 18
Landmarks (XIV D)
5 19
Local legends, including trial transcript (XIV E)
5 20
No material* (XIV F)
5 21
Origins of place names (XIV G)
5 22
Local events and celebrations, community organizations (XIV H)
5 23
Liquor sales and liquor licenses (XIV I)
5 24
Work of local authors (XIV J)
5 25
No material* (XIV K)
5 26
No material* (XIV L)
Clackamas County Churches
Box Folder
5 27
Miscellaneous churches, missions
5 28
Advent, Christian
5 29
Baptist
5 30
Christian (Disciples)
5 31
Church of God
5 32
Congregational
5 33
Episcopal
5 34
Evangelical
5 35
Lutheran
5 36
Methodist (Episcopal)
5 37
Presbyterian
5 38
Roman Catholic
5 39
Christian Scientist
5 40
Miscellaneous churches and community associations
Clatsop County
Box Folder
6 1
Flavel House
Columbia County
(* Indicates folder contained no material upon accession.)
Box Folder
6 2-3
General history (I A)
6 4
No material* (II A)
6 5
Clatskanie (II B)
6 6
Houlton (no material*) (II B)
6 7
Rainer (II B)
6 8
St. Helens (II B)
6 9
Vernonia (II B)
6 10
Ghost towns (Carbondale, Columbia City, Milton, Neer) (II C)
6 11
County population statistics, census (III A-D)
6 12
Taxes (IV A-D)
6 13
Agriculture (V A-D)
6 14
Agriculture (V E-H)
6 15
Business and industry (VI A-F)
6 16
Business and industry (VI G-K)
6 17
Ports and wharves (VII A)
6 18
Roads, ferries, and bridges (VII B)
6 19
Railroads (VII C)
6 20
No material* (VII D)
6 21
Postal and telephone services (VII E-G)
6 22
Newspapers (VIII A)
6 23
Public schools (IX A-D)
6 24
No material* (X A)
6 25
Biographies and obituaries (XI A)
6 26
Indian affairs (XII)
6 27
County politics, including special election regarding "Negroes" and the Oregon Constitution (XIII)
1857
6 28
Personal narrative (XIV A)
6 29
No material* (XIV B)
6 30
Artifacts (XIV C)
6 31
Landmarks (XIV D)
6 32
No material* (XIV E)
6 33
No material* (XIV F)
6 34
Origins of place names (XIV G)
6 35
Local events and celebrations (XIV H)
6 36
No material* (XIV I)
6 37
No material* (XIV J)
6 38
No material* (XIV K)
6 39
No material* (XIV L)
6 40
No material* (XIV M)
Columbia County Churches
Box Folder
6 41
Seventh Day Adventist
6 42
Catholic
6 43
Congregational
6 44
Disciples of Christ
6 45
Episcopal
6 46
Lutheran
6 47
Methodist
Crook County
(* Indicates folder contained no material upon accession.)
Box Folder
6 48
General history (I A-B)
6 48a-48c
Crook County Journal
August 1, 1918
6 48
The Oregon Sunday Journal
January 25, 1931
6 48e
Central Oregonian
August 11, 1938
6 48
The Oregonian
March 12, 1939
6a 48g-48i
Crook County News
August 4, 1939
6a 48j
Central Oregonian
June 13, 1940
6a 48k
Central Oregonian
November 21, 1940
6a 48l
Central Oregonian
January 2, 1941
6a 48m
Central Oregonian
January 9, 1941
6a 48n
Central Oregonian
January 23, 1941
7 1
No material* (II A)
7 2
Prineville (II B)
7 3
No material* (II C)
7 4
Population statistics (III A-E)
7 5
County finances, taxes (IV A-D)
7 6
Agriculture (V A-D)
7 7
Irrigation (V E-H)
7 8
Business and industry (VI A-E)
7 9
Utilities, schools (VI F-K)
7 10
Willamette Valley and Cascade Mountain Wagon Road Co. (VII B)
7 11
Roads, ferries, bridges, railroads, postal routes, telephone lines (VII A-G)
7 12
Newspapers (VIII A)
7 13
Public schools (IX A-D)
7 14
Recreation (X)
7 15
Biographies and obituaries (XI)
7 16
Military enlistment (XII)
1917
7 17
Indian affairs (XIII)
7 18
No material* (XIV A)
7 19
Cemeteries (XIV B)
7 20
Artifacts (mostly related to the Overland Trail) (XIV C)
7 21
Landmarks (XIV D)
7 22
Local legend ("Gallon Hill") (XIV E)
7 23
Wildlife (XIV F)
7 24
Origins of place names (XIV G)
7 25
Local events and celebrations (XIV H)
7 26
Liquor sales (XIV I)
7 27
Work of local authors (XIV J)
7 28
Fossil remains (XIV K)
7 29
Local legend of historic tree (XIV L)
7 30
Weather (XIV M)
Crook County Churches
Box Folder
7 31
Baptist
7 32
Catholic
7 33
Church of God
7 34
Episcopal
7 35
Interdenominational
7 36
Methodist
7 37
Presbyterian
Crook County Interviews
Box Folder
7 38
Fisher, Mrs. Amelia (Clausen)
7 39
Hodges, Stella
7 40
Huston, Wade Hampton
7 41
Noble, Mrs. Andrew Jackson (Varna Skelton)
7 42
Smith, Colonel Fremont
7 43
Stanton, Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Miller
7 44
Templeton, John H.
7 45
Williamson, John Newton
Curry County
(* Indicates folder contained no material upon accession.)
Box Folder
7 46
General history (I A-B)
7 47
No material* (II A)
7 48
No material* (II B)
7 49
Gold Beach (II B)
7 50
Pacific City (II B)
7 51
Port Orford (II B)
7 52
Ghost towns (II C)
8 1
No material* (III A)
8 2
No material* (III B)
8 3
Chinese businessman, mining (III C)
8 4
Birth, death, marriage, divorce records (III D)
8 5
Adoption agreement (III E)
8 6
Property assessment (IV A)
8 7
Tax assessment (IV B)
8 8
No material* (IV C)
8 9
Tichenor Ranch bill of sale (V A)
1860
8 10
Livestock (V B)
8 11
No material* (V C)
8 12
Dairy production (V D)
8 13
No material* (V E)
8 14
No material* (V F)
8 15
No material* (V G)
8 16
Irrigation (V H)
8 17
Curry Co. Articles of Incorporation (VI A)
1876-1917
8 18
Timber industry (VI B)
late 1800s
8 19
Mining (VI C)
8 20
No material* (VI D)
8 21
"Pine needle" industry (VI E)
8 22
Merchandise prices, shortages (VI F)
late 1800s
8 23
Price of gold (VI G)
1864
8 24
No material* (VI H)
8 25
Cannery fire (VI I)
1893
8 26
Fishing industry (VI J)
8 27
Labor, immigration (VI K)
1894
8 28
Navigation, ports, harbors (VII A)
8 29
Roads, bridges, ferries (VII B)
8 30
Port Orford and Jacksonville Railroad Co. Articles of Incorporation (VII C)
1866
8 31
No material* (VII D)
8 32
Postal service (VII E)
8 33
Telephone service (VII F)
1893
8 34
No material* (VII G)
8 35
Newspapers (VIII A)
8 36
Public schools (IX A)
late 1800s
8 37
No material* (IX B)
8 38
No material* (IX C)
8 39
No material* (IX D)
8 40
No material* (X A)
8 41
Biographies and obituaries (XI)
8 42
Indian affairs (XII)
8 43
Special election (XIII)
1856
8 44
Personal narrative, interviews (XIV A)
8 45
Geisel Cemetery (XIV B)
8 46
Artifacts (XIV C)
8 47
Monuments (XIV D)
8 48
Local legends (XIV E)
8 49
Local wildlife (XIV F)
8 50
Origins of place names (XIV G)
8 51
Local events, celebrations, community organizations (XIV H)
8 52
No material* (XIV I)
8 53
Work of local authors (XIV J)
8 54
Archaeological remains (XIV K)
8 55
No material* (XIV L)
8 56
Natural disasters (XIV M)
Curry County Churches
Box Folder
8 57
Baptist
8 58
Catholic
8 59
Episcopal
8 60
Miscellaneous churches
Deschutes County
(* Indicates folder contained no material upon accession.)
Box Folder
8 61-62
Historical sketches (I A)
8 63
Incorporation of Lytle (II A)
8 64
Bend (II B)
8 65
Redmond (II B)
8 66
Sisters, Shevlin, Tumalo (II B)
8 67
Ghost towns (Laidlaw, Millican) (II C)
9 1
Population statistics (III A)
9 2
No material* (III B)
9 3
Naturalization records (III C)
9 4
Death, marriage records (III D)
9 5
Public health and welfare (III E)
9 6
Property assessments (IV A)
9 7
Taxation (IV B)
9 8
Evaluation of forest land (IV C)
9 9
County budgets (IV D)
9 10
Agriculture (including incorporations and annual reports) (V A)
9 11
Livestock and grazing (V B)
9 12
No material* (V C)
9 13
Dairy farming (V D)
9 14
No material* (V E)
9 15
Farming cooperatives (V F)
9 16
No material* (V G)
9 17
Irrigation (V H)
9 18
Corporation records (VI A)
early 1900s-1927
9 19
Timber industry (VI B)
9 20
Mining (VI C)
9 21
Milling (VI D)
9 22
Manufacturing (VI E)
9 23
Miscellaneous businesses (VI F)
9 24
Banking (VI G)
9 25
Public utilities (VI H)
9 26
No material* (VI I)
9 27
Fish hatchery (VI J)
9 28
Labor issues (VI K)
9 29
Deschutes River navigation (VII A)
9 30
Roads, bridges, stagelines, Supplement to Articles of Incorporation (VII B)
(Willamette Valley and Cascade Mountain Road Co.)
9 31
Railroads (VII C)
9 32
Flying services (VII D)
9 33
Postal services (VII E)
9 34
Telephone services (VII F)
9 35
Radio stations (VII G)
9 36
Newspapers (VIII A)
9 37
Public schools (IX A)
9 38
No material* (IX B)
9 39
No material* (IX C)
9 40
School records, statistics (IX D)
10 1
Recreation (X A)
10 2
Biographies and obituaries (XI)
10 3
Indian affairs (XII)
10 4
Election records (XIII)
10 5
Interviews (XIV A)
10 6
No material* (XIV B)
10 7
Cemetery ("Tree marks old grave") (XIV C)
ca. 1845
10 8
Landmarks (XIV D)
10 9
Local legends, "oddities" (XIV E)
10 10
Local wildlife (XIV F)
10 11
Origins of place names (XIV G)
10 12
Local events, celebrations, community organizations (XIV H)
10 13
No material* (XIV I)
10 14
No material* (XIV J)
10 15
Fossil remains (XIV K)
Deschutes County Churches
(* Indicates folder contained no material upon accession.)
Box Folder
10 16
Seventh Day Adventist (no material)*
10 17
Assembly of God
10 18
Baptist
10 19
Catholic
10 20
Christian
10 21
Christian Scientist
10 22
Disciples of Christ
10 23
Episcopal
10 24
Latter Day Saints
10 25
Lutheran (Scandinavian)
10 26
Methodist
10 27
Miscellaneous missions
10 28
Nazarene
10 29
Pentecostal
10 30
Church of God
10 31
Miscellaneous denominations
Douglas County
(* Indicates folder contained no material upon accession.)
Box Folder
10 32
General history (I A-B)
10 33
General history (II A)
10 34
Canyonville (II B)
10 35
Gardiner (II B)
10 36
Myrtle Creek (II B)
10 37
Oakland (II B)
10 38
Reedsport (II B)
10 39
Roseburg (no material)* (II B)
10 40
Yoncalla (II B)
10 41
Booth, Drain, Elkton, Looking Glass, Scottsburg, Umpqua (II B)
10 42
Ghost towns (II C)
10 43
Population statistics (III A)
1839
10 44
No material* (III B)
10 45
No material* (III C)
10 46
Birth, death, marriage records (III D)
10 47
Public health and welfare (III E)
10 48
Tax assessments (IV A)
1866
10 49
Taxation (IV B)
10 50
No material* (IV C-D)
10 51
No material* (V A-B)
10 52
Local legend (oldest apple tree) (V C)
10 53
No material* (V D-H)
10 54
No material* (VI A)
10 55
Timber industry (VI B)
10 56
Mining (VI C)
11 1
Milling (VI D)
1882
11 2
Pulp mil (VI E)
1920
11 3
Merchandise ordinance (VI F)
1893
11 4
Banking (VI G)
mid-, late-1800s, 1911
11 5
Electric lighting (VI H)
1890, 1891
11 6
No material* (VI I)
11 7
Fishing in Crater Lake (VI J)
1900
11 8
No material* (VI K)
11 9
Navigation on the Umpqua River (VII A)
1850, 1870
11 10
Roads, transportation, including transcription of journal (VII B)
(report on land survey expedition)
1863
11 11
Railroads (VII C)
11 12
No material* (VII D)
11 13
Postal services (VII E)
11 14
Telephone and telegraph services (VII F)
11 15
No material* (VII G)
11 16
Newspapers (VIII A)
11 17
Public schools (IX A)
11 18
Private schools (IX B)
11 19
Colleges (IX C)
11 20
School statistics (IX D)
11 21
Boswell Springs (X A)
11 22
Biographies and obituaries (XI)
11 23
Indian affairs (1850s wars, relocation to Alsea, Siletz reservations) (XII)
1850s
11 24
Politics (XIII)
11 25
Personal narrative, interviews (XIV A)
11 26
Joseph Lane’s gravesite (XIV B)
11 27
Artifacts (XIV C)
11 28
Landmarks, monuments (XIV D)
11 29
Local legends (XIV E)
11 30
Black spider bites (XIV F)
1899
11 31
Origins of place names (XIV G)
11 32
Local events, celebrations, community organizations (XIV H)
11 33
Liquor license (XIV I)
1868
11 34
Work of local authors (XIV J)
11 35
No material* (XIV K)
11 36
Local associations and clubs (XIV L)
11 37
Fort Umpqua
Douglas County Churches
Box Folder
11 38
Baptist
11 39
Catholic
11 40
Christian
11 41
Episcopal
11 42
Four Square Gospel
11 43
Lutheran
11 44
Methodist (Episcopal)
11 45
Presbyterian
11 46
Scientist, Christian
11 47
United Brethren
Gilliam County
(* Indicates folder contained no material upon accession.)
Box Folder
12 1
General history (I A)
12 2
No material* (II A)
12 3
Arlington (II B)
12 4
Condon (II B)
12 5
Lone Rock (II B)
12 6
Olex (II B)
12 7
Population statistics (III A-E)
12 8
Taxation, finances (IV A-D)
12 9
Agriculture, irrigation (V A-H)
12 10
Mining (coal deposit) (VI A-K)
1885
12 11
Transportation (roads, ferries), telephone and postal services (VII A-G)
12 12
Newspapers (VIII A)
12 13
Public schools (IX A-D)
12 14
No material* (X)
12 15
Biographies and obituaries (XI)
12 16
No material* (XII)
12 17
No material* (XIII)
12 18
Interview (Harry J. Burnham, Arlington City Recorder, pioneer) (XIV A)
12 19
Cemeteries (XIV B)
12 20
Artifacts (XIV C)
12 21
Old Oregon Trail Marker (XIV D)
12 22
No material* (XIV E)
12 23
Local wildlife (XIV F)
12 24
Origins of place names (XIV G)
12 25
Local events, community organizations (XIV H)
12 26
Liquor license (XIV I)
12 27
Visit by "famed writer" (XIV J)
12 28
Fossil remains and natural disasters (XIV K)
Gilliam County Churches
Box Folder
12 29
Baptist
12 30
Catholic
12 31
Church of Christ
12 32
Congregational
12 33
Latter Day Saints
12 34
Methodist
12 35
Nazarene
Grant County
(* Indicates folder contained no material upon accession.)
Box Folder
12 36
General history (I A)
12 37
Research notes (history, laws)
12 38
Town histories, statistics (II A)
12 39
Canyon City (II B)
12 40
Granite (II B)
12 41
John Day (II B)
12 42
Long Creek (II B)
12 43
Mount Vernon (II B)
12 44
Prairie City (II B)
12 45
Ritter (no material)* (II B)
12 46
Ghost towns (Lawton, Kilbride) (II C)
12 47
Population statistics, public welfare (III A-E)
12 48
Taxation, property assessments (IV A-D)
12 49
Agriculture, livestock, irrigation (V A-H)
13 1
Mining, miscellaneous business (including transcription of Canyon City Daily Account Book) (VI A-K)
1866
13 2
Roads, ferries, bridges, telephone services (VII A-G)
13 3
Newspapers (VIII A)
13 4
Public schools (IX A-D)
13 5
Health resort (X)
13 6
Biographies and obituaries (XI)
13 7
Indian affairs (XII)
13 8
Politics (XIII)
13 9
Personal narrative, interviews (XIV A)
13 10
No material* (XIV B)
13 11
Artifacts (XIV C)
13 12
No material* (XIV D)
13 13
Local legends (XIV E)
13 14
Wildlife (XIV F)
13 15
Origins of place names (XIV G)
13 16
Local events and celebrations (XIV H)
13 17
Liquor tax (XIV I)
1875
13 18
Work of local authors (XIV J)
13 19
Fossil remains (XIV K)
13 20
No material* (XIV L)
13 21
Natural disaster (XIV M)
1886
Grant County Churches
Box Folder
13 22
Catholic
13 23
Episcopal
13 24
Methodist
Harney County
Box Folder
13 25
General history (I A)
13 26
Town of Van (II A)
13 27
Burns (II B)
13 28
Crane (II B)
13 29
Drewsey (II B)
13 30
Hines (II B)
13 31
Ghost towns (II C)
13 32
Population statistics, marriage and death records, public welfare (III A-E)
13 33
Taxes, county finances (IV A-D)
14 1
Agriculture (livestock, grazing, irrigation) (V A-H)
14 2
Business and industry (VI A-K)
14 3
Transportation (water, land) (VII A-B)
14 4
Railroads, air transportation, postal and telephone service (VII C-G)
14 5
Newspapers (VIII A)
14 6
Public schools (IX A-D)
14 7
Recreation (X A)
14 8
Biographies and obituaries (XI)
14 9
Indian affairs (XII)
14 10
Politics (XIII)
14 11
Personal narrative, interviews (XIV A)
14 12
Cemeteries (XIV B)
14 13
Artifacts (XIV C)
14 14
Landmarks (XIV D)
14 15
Local legends (XIV E)
14 16
Wildlife (XIV F)
15 1
Origins of place names (XIV G)
15 2
Local events, celebrations, and community organizations (XIV H)
15 3
Liquor licenses (XIV I)
15 4
Work of local authors (XIV J)
15 5
Fossil remains (XIV K)
15 6
Community organizations (XIV L)
15 7
Weather (XIV M)
15 8
Cultural miscellany, advertisements
Harney County Churches
Box Folder
15 9
Baptist
15 10
Catholic
15 11
Christian Scientist
15 12
Episcopal
15 13
Lutheran
15 14
Methodist Episcopal
15 15
Nazarene
15 16
Presbyterian
15 17
Church miscellany, including "History of the Holy Family Parish"
Jackson County
Box Folder
15 18
Record forms summary
15 19
Historical sketch
15 20
General history (I A)
15 21
Ashland (II B)
15 22
Butte Falls (II B)
15 23
Central Point (II B)
15 24
Eagle Point (II B)
15 25
Gold Hill (II B)
15 26
Jacksonville (II B)
15 27
Medford (II B)
15 28
Phoenix (II B)
15 29
Rogue River (II B)
15 30
Talent (II B)
15 31
Ghost towns (II C)
15 32
Population statistics, public welfare, anti-Chinese agitation (III A-E)
16 1
County finances, tax assessments (IV A-D)
16 2
Agriculture (V A-H)
16 3
Business (VI A)
16 4
Timber industry (VI B)
16 5
Mining (VI C)
16 6
General industry (VI D-K)
16 7
Navigation on the Rogue River (VII A)
16 8
Roads, ferries, bridges (VII B)
16 9
Railroads (VII C)
16 10
Postal services, air transportation (VII D-G)
16 11
Newspapers and printing (VIII A)
16 12
Public and private schools, colleges (IX A-D)
16 13
Recreation (X A)
16 14
Biographies and obituaries (XI)
Jackson County biographical sketches of pioneers and their descendents
Box Folder
16 15
Farnham, Clarence
16 16
Garrett, Ella
16 17
Glenn, Daniel
16 18
Gregory, Lettie
16 19
Griffin, John
16 20
Hanley, Alice
16 21
Harbaugh, Dora
16 22
Hays, John
16 23
Helman, Benjamin Franklin
16 24
Howard, Laura
16 25
Mee, Mary
16 26
Myers, Riley
16 27
Robison, John R.
16 28
Russell, Mrs. A. B.
16 29
Skeeters, Joseph A.
16 30
Sweet, Mary
16 31
Taylor, John A.
16 32
Tilley, Samuel
16 33
Willits, Irene
16 34
Whipple, Mark B.
16 35
Woods, J. C.
16 36
Woolridge, Logan
Jackson County
Box Folder
17 1
Indian affairs (XII)
17 2
Politics (XIII)
17 3
Personal narrative, interviews (XIV A)
17 4
Cemeteries (XIV B)
17 5
Artifacts (XIV C)
17 6
Landmarks and monuments (XIV D)
17 7
Local legends (XIV E)
17 8
Wildlife (XIV F)
17 9
Origins of place names (XIV G)
17 10
Local events, celebrations, and community organizations (XIV H)
17 11
Liquor licenses (XIV I)
17 12
Work of local authors (XIV J)
17 13
Fossil remains (XIV K)
17 14
Historic buildings (XIV L)
17 15
Weather (XIV M)
Jackson County Churches
(* Indicates folder contained no material upon accession.)
Box Folder
17 16
Advent, Christian
17 17
Adventist, Seventh Day
17 18
Assembly of God
17 19
Baptist
17 20
Brethren, Church of the
17 21
Catholic
17 22
Christ, Disciples of, Church of Christ
17 23
Church of Christ (no material)*
17 24
Church of God
17 25
Congregational
17 26
Disciples of Christ
17 27
Episcopal
17 28
Full Gospel Temple (no material)*
17 29
Lutheran
17 30
Methodist
17 31
Methodist-Presbyterian
17 32
Nazarene
17 33
Pilgrim Holiness
17 34
Presbyterian
17 35
Salvation Army
17 36
Scientist, Church of Christ
17 37
Miscellaneous churches
Jefferson County
(* Indicates folder contained no material upon accession.)
Box Folder
17 38
General history (I A)
17 39
Madras (II B)
17 40
Ashwood, Culver, Lamonta (II B)
17 41
Ghost town (Haystack) (II C)
17 42
Warm Springs Indian Agency records, public welfare (III A-E)
17 43
Public servants' salaries (IV A-D)
17 44
Agriculture, irrigation, livestock (V A-H)
17 45
Mining (VI A-K)
17 46
Transportation, communication (VII A-G)
18 1
Newspapers (VIII A)
18 2
Newspapers index
18 2a
Madras Pioneer
December 31, 1914 March 4, 1915 April 8, 1915
18 2b
Madras Pioneer
April 29, 1915 May 13, 1915 June 10, 1915
18 2c
Madras Pioneer
June 15, 1915 July 15, 1915 August 26, 1915
18 2
Madras Pioneer
September 30, 1915 May 25, 1916 October 5, 1916
18 2e
Madras Pioneer
November 2, 1916 November 9, 1916 October 26, 1916 December 13, 1917
18 3
Public schools (IX A-D)
18 4
Recreation (X)
18 5
Biographies and obituaries (XI)
18 6
Indian affairs (XII)
18 7
No material* (XIII)
18 8
No material* (XIV A)
18 9
No material* (XIV B)
18 10
Artifacts (XIV C)
18 11
Landmarks (XIV D)
18 12
Local legends (XIV E)
18 13
Wildlife (XIV F)
18 14
Origins of place names (XIV G)
18 15
Local events and celebrations (XIV H)
18 16
Liquor control (XIV I)
18 17
No material* (XIV J)
18 18
Fossil remains (XIV K)
Jefferson County Churches
Box Folder
18 19
Baptist
18 20
Catholic
18 21
Christian
18 22
Episcopal
18 23
Methodist
18 24
Nazarene
Klamath County
(* Indicates folder contained no material upon accession.)
Box Folder
18 25
General history
18 26
General history (I A)
18 27
Klamath Falls (II B)
18 28
Bly, Bohemia, Bonanza, Dairy, Keno, Merrill, Olene (II B)
18 29
Ghost towns (II C)
18 30
No material* (III A-C)
18 31
Death records (III D)
18 32
Public welfare (III E)
18 33
Assessment rolls (IV A)
18 34
Taxation (IV B)
18 35
Agriculture (V A)
18 36
No material* (V B-F)
18 37
Irrigation and land reclamation (V H)
18 38
Water navigation (VII A)
18 39
County roads (VII B)
18 40
Railroads (VII C)
18 41
No material* (VII D-E)
18a 42
Telegraph service (VII F)
18a 43
Newspapers, supplement to News & Herald (VIII A)
January 30, 1937
18a 44
Public schools (IX)
18a 45
Parks and recreation, Crater Lake (X A)
18a 46
Biographies and obituaries (XI)
18a 47
Indian affairs (XII)
18a 48
Politics (XIII)
18a 49
Cemeteries (XIV A)
18a 50
County artifacts, local legends (XIV C)
18a 51
Landmarks (XIV D)
18a 52
Livestock (XIV E)
18a 53
Wildlife (XIV F)
18a 54
Origins of place names (XIV G)
Klamath County Churches
(* Indicates folder contained no material upon accession.)
Box Folder
18a 55
Baptist
18a 56
Catholic
18a 57
Congregational (no material)*
18a 58
Disciples of Christ
18a 59
Lutheran
18a 60
Methodist
18a 61
Presbyterian
Lake County
(* Indicates folder contained no material upon accession.)
Box Folder
19 1
General history, Lake County Tribune (I A-B)
August, October 1939
19 2
No material* (II A)
19 3
Lakeview (II B)
19 4
Paisley (II B)
19 5
Silver Lake (II B)
19 6
Ghost towns (II C)
19 7
Birth, death records (III A)
19 8
Property records (IV A)
19 9
Agriculture, irrigation, water rights (V A)
19 10
Business and industry (VI A)
19 11
Military wagon road (VII A)
19 12
Newspapers (VIII A)
19 13
Public schools (IX A)
19 14
Recreation (X A)
19 15
Biographies and obituaries (XI)
19 16
Indian affairs, Modoc War (XII)
19 17
No material* (XIII)
19 18
Personal narratives, interviews (XIV A)
19 19
No material* (XIV B)
19 20
Artifacts (XIV C)
19 21
No material* (XIV D-G)
19 22
Lakeview roundup (XIV H)
1920
19 23
No material* (XIV I)
19 24
Rare books (XIV J)
19 25
Fossil remains, weather (XIV K-M)
Lake County Churches
Box Folder
19 26
Baptist
19 27
Catholic
19 28
Episcopal
19 29
Methodist
19 30
Presbyterian
Lane County
(* Indicates folder contained no material upon accession.)
Box Folder
19 31
General history (I A)
19 32
No material* (II A)
19 33
Coburg (II B)
19 34
Cottage Grove (II B)
19 35
Creswell (II B)
19 36
Eugene (I) (II B)
19 37
Eugene (II) (II B)
19 38
Florence (II B)
19 39
Junction City (II B)
19 40
Lancaster (II B)
19 41
Springfield (II B)
20 1
Ghost town (II C)
20 2
Death and marriage records, public welfare (III A-E)
20 3
County finances (IV A-C)
20 4
Agriculture, livestock (V A-B)
20 5
Business and industry (VI A)
20 6
Roads, ferries, bridges, railroads (VII A-B)
20 7
Newspapers (VIII A)
Box Folder
20 7
Newspapers, copies of The Oregon Progressive
September 21, 1938
20 7
Newspapers, copies of The Oak-Fir Lookout
January 19 and 26, 1940
20 8
Public schools (IX A)
20 9
Schools and colleges, universities (IX B-D)
20 10
No material* (X A)
20 11
Biographies and obituaries, copy of sheet music by Henry DeMoss (XI)
20 12
Forts, artifact (XII)
20 13
Politics (XIII)
20 14
Personal narrative, interviews (XIV A)
20 15
Cemeteries (XIV B)
21 1
Artifacts (XIV C)
21 2
Landmarks, monuments (XIV D)
21 3
No material* (XIV E-F)
21 4
Origins of place names (XIV G)
21 5
Local events, celebrations, and community organizations (XIV H)
21 6
Liquor licenses, laws, court cases (XIV I)
21 7
Work of local authors (XIV J)
21 8
Natural disaster (XIV K-M)
Lane County Churches
(* Indicates folder contained no material upon accession.)
Box Folder
21 9
Adventist, Seventh Day
21 10
Baptist
21 11
Catholic
21 12
Church of Christ
21 13
Church of God
21 14
Congregational
21 15
Episcopal
21 16
Evangelical
21 17
Jewish
21 18
Latter Day Saints
21 19
Lutheran
21 20
Methodist
21 21
Nazarene
21 22
Pentecostal (no material)*
21 23
Presbyterian
21 24
Salvation Army
21 25
Scientist, Church of Christ
21 26
Unitarian
21 27
Miscellaneous churches
Lincoln County
Box Folder
21 28
General history (I A-B)
21 29
Essays on Lincoln County government, records organization
22 1
Elk City (II B)
22 2
Newport (II B)
22 3
Toledo (II B)
22 4
Waldport, copy of Corvallis Gazette Times (II B)
April 27, 1936
22 5
Yaquina (II B)
22 6
Alsea City, Stanford (II B)
22 7
Ghost towns (II C)
22 8
Birth, death, marriage records, public welfare (III A-E)
22 9
County finances (IV A-C)
22 10
Agriculture (V A-H)
22 11
Business and industry (VI A-K)
22 10
Navigation on Yaquina Bay (VII A)
23 1
Roads (VII B)
23 2
Railroads, river transportation (VII C-G)
23 3
Newspapers (VIII)
23 4
Public schools (IX A-D)
23 5
Recreation (X A)
23 6
Biographies and obituaries (XI)
23 7
Indian affairs (XII)
23 8
Politics (including Indians' right to hold office) (XIII)
23 9
Personal narrative, interviews (XIV A)
23 10
Cemeteries (XIV B)
23 11
Artifacts (XIV C)
23 12
Landmarks, monuments (XIV D)
23 13
Miscellaneous topics (XIV E-V)
Lincoln County Churches
(* Indicates folder contained no material upon accession.)
Box Folder
23 14
Assembly of God
23 15
Baptist
23 16
Catholic
23 17
Church of Christ
23 18
Episcopal
23 19
Lutheran (no material)*
23 20
Methodist
23 21
Nazarene
23 22
Presbyterian
23 23
Scientist, Church of Christ
23 24
Miscellaneous churches
Malheur County
(* Indicates folder contained no material upon accession.)
Box Folder
24 1
General history (I A-B)
24 2
No material* (II A)
24 3
Jordan Valley (II B)
24 4
Juntura (II B)
24 5
Malheur (II B)
24 6
Nyssa (II B)
24 7
Ontario (II B)
24 8
Vale (II B)
24 9
Westfall, Harper (II B)
24 10
Brogan, Grove City (II B)
24 11
Ghost town: Glennville (II C)
24 12
Birth, death, marriage, and citizenship records (III A-E)
24 13
Taxes, county budget (IV A-D)
24 14
Agriculture, livestock (V A-H)
24 15
Mining, general business and industry (VI A-K)
24 16
Roads, railroads, ferries, telephone services (VII A-G)
24 17
Newspapers (VIII A)
24 18
Public schools (IX A-D)
24 19
Recreation (X A)
24 20
Biographies and obituaries (XI)
24 21
Indian affairs (XII)
24 22
No material* (XIII)
24 23
Personal narrative, interviews (XIV A)
24 24
Cemetery (XIV B)
24 25
Artifacts (XIV C)
24 26
Landmarks and monuments (XIV D)
24 27
Local legends (XIV E)
24 28
Wildlife (XIV F)
24 29
Origins of place names (XIV G)
24 30
Local celebrations and events (XIV H)
24 31
Liquor: various topics (XIV I)
24 32
Miscellaneous records (XIV J-M)
Malheur County Churches
(* Indicates folder contained no material upon accession.)
Box Folder
24 33
Baptist
24 34
Catholic (no material)*
24 35
Congregational (no material)*
24 36
Disciples of Christ (no material)*
24 37
Episcopal
24 38
Latter Day Saints
24 39
Methodist
24 40
United Presbyterian
24 41
Miscellaneous churches
Marion County
(* Indicates folder contained no material upon accession.)
Box Folder
24 42
General history, biography, interviews (I A)
24 43
Historical sketch
24 44
General history (I B)
24 45
Town incorporations (II A)
25 1-2
Salem (II B)
25 3
St. Paul (II B)
25 4
Donald, Gervais, Hubbard, Silverton, Stayton, Woodburn (II B)
25 5
Ghost towns (II C)
25 6
Census records (III A)
25 7
Oregon pioneers (III B)
25 8
Race relations and legislation (III C)
25 9
Birth, death, and marriage records (III D)
25 10
Public welfar (III E)
25 11
Tax assessments (IV A)
25 12
Taxation (IV B)
25 13
No material* (IV C)
25 14
County budget (IV D)
25 15
Agriculture (V A)
25 16
Wildlife (V B)
25 17
Fruit farming (V C-E)
25 18
Agricultural associations, State Fair (V F)
25 19
Irrigation and drainag (V G-H)
26 1
General industry (VI A)
26 2
Timber industry (VI B)
26 3
Mining (VI C)
26 4
Milling (VI D)
26 5
Manufacturing (VI E)
26 6
General merchandise (VI F)
26 7
Banking (VI G)
26 8
Public utilities (VI H)
26 9
Food processing, preservation (VI I)
26 10
No material* (VI J)
26 11
Employment statistics (VI K)
26 12
Water navigation, docks (VII A)
26 13
Roads (VII B)
26 14
Railroads (VII C)
26 15
Airports (VII D)
26 16
Postal services (VII E)
26 17
Telephone services (VII F)
26 18
No material* (VII G)
26 19
Newspapers (VIII A)
26 20
Public, private schools (IX A1)
27 1
School district boundary records (IX A2)
27 2
Private schools (IX B)
27 3
Colleges and universities (IX C)
27 4
School statistics (IX D)
27 5
Recreation (X A)
27 6
Biographies and obituaries (XI)
27 7
Indian affairs (XII)
27 8
Politics (XIII)
27 9
Personal narrative, interviews (XIV A)
27 10
Cemeteries (XIV B)
28 1
Artifacts (XIV C)
28 2
Landmarks and monuments (XIV D)
28 3
Local legends (XIV E)
28 4
Wildlife (XIV F)
28 5
Origins of place names (XIV G)
28 6
Local events, celebrations, and community organizations (XIV H)
28 7
Liquor, grocery licenses (XIV I)
28 8
Work of local authors (XIV J)
28 9
Archeological remains (XIV K)
Marion County Churches
(* Indicates folder contained no material upon accession.)
Box Folder
28 10
Adventist
28 11
Baptist
28 12
Catholic
28 13
Congregational
28 14
Church of God
28 15
Disciples of Christ
28 16
Episcopal
28 17
Evangelical
28 18
Miscellaneous churches
28 19
Four Square Gospel
28 20
Friends
28 21
Jehovah’s Witnesses
28 22
Latter Day Saints (no material)*
28 23
Lutheran
28 24
Mennonite
28 25
Methodist, including transcription of the Methodist Missionary Book
28 26
Nazarene
28 27
Pentecostal
28 28
Presbyterian
28 29
Scientist, Christian
28 30
United Brethren
28 31
Miscellaneous churches, missions
28 32
Salem Directory
1871
28 33
Summary of Marion County survey records
Multnomah County [Portland only in folders 29(1-4), 29(8)-30(5)]
Box Folder
29 1
General history (II B)
29 2
Population statistics, Chinese in Portland (II B)
29 3
Taxation records (II B)
29 4
City Council meetings, ordinances regarding city infrastructure maintenance (II B)
29 5
Politics (II B)
29 6
Miscellaneous topics (II B)
29 7
Bridges, streetcars (II B)
29 8
Incorporation of Fairview, Gresham, Linnton, Portland, Setwood, Troutdale (II B)
29 9
Incorporation and annexation, geographical boundary documents of Portland and surrounding areas (II B)
29 10
Portland election districts, politics (II B)
29 11
Law enforcement (II B)
30 1
Portland water supply (II B)
30 2
City fire departments (II B)
30 3
River navigation (II B)
30 4
Portland docks, harbor patrol (II B)
30 5-7
Miscellaneous topics in city government (II B)
30 8
“Survey of City Governments” (by the Federal Writers Project) (II B)
30 9
City buildings (II B)
Polk County
(* Indicates folder contained no material upon accession.)
Box Folder
31 1
General history, including transcription of 1852 slavery case (I A)
1852
31 2
Research notes (II A)
31 3
Dallas (II B)
31 4
Falls City (II B)
31 5
Grand Ronde (II B)
31 6
Independence (II B)
31 7
Monmouth (II B)
31 8
West Salem (II B)
31 9
Ghost towns: Bethel, Buena Vista, Lincoln, Parker, Suver, Talmage (II C)
31 10
Birth, death, divorce, anti-Chinese records (III C)
31 11
Taxation (IV A-D)
31 12
Agriculture (V A-H)
31 13
Business and industry (VI A-K)
31 14
Roads, railroads, ferries, bridges, telephone services (VII A-G)
31 15
Newspapers (VIII A)
31 16
Public schools (IX A)
31 17
Private schools (IX B)
31 18
Colleges and universities (IX C)
31 19
No material* (X)
31 20
Biographies and obituaries (XI)
31 21
Personal narrative, interviews
31 22
Indian affairs (XII)
31 23
Politics (XIII)
32 1
Miscellaneous records (XIV A-M)
Polk County Churches
Box Folder
32 2
Adventist, Seventh Day
32 3
Apostolic Faith
32 4
Baptist
32 5
Catholic
32 6
Christian
32 7
Christian and Missionary Alliance
32 8
Evangelical
32 9
Mennonite
32 10
Methodist
32 11
Presbyterian
32 12
Scientist, First Church of Christ
32 13
United Brethren
Sherman County
(* Indicates folder contained no material upon accession.)
Box Folder
32 14
General history (I A)
32 15
No material* (II A)
32 16
Biggs, Moro (II B)
32 17
Grass Valley (II B)
32 18
Kent (II B)
32 19
Moro (II B)
32 20
Wasco (II B)
32 21
Ghost towns: Fola, Grant, Milbra (II C)
32 22
Birth, death records (III C)
32 23
County debt (IV A-D)
32 24
Agriculture (V A-H)
32 25
Business and industry (VI A-K)
32 26
Roads, bridges (VII A-G)
32 27
Newspapers (VIII A)
32 28
Public schools (IX A-D)
32 29
Moro parks (X)
32 30
Biographies and obituaries (XI)
32 31
No material* (XII)
32 32
No material* (XIII)
32 33
Miscellaneous records (XIV A-M)
Sherman County Churches
Box Folder
32 34
Assembly of God (photo)
32 35
Baptist (photo)
32 36
Christian (Campbellite)
32 37
Disciples of Christ (photo)
32 38
Methodist (photo)
32 39
Presbyterian (photo)
Union County
(* Indicates folder contained no material upon accession.)
Box Folder
32 40-41
General history (I A)
32 42
No material* (II A)
33 1
Cove (II B)
33 2
Elgin (II B)
33 3
Imbler (II B)
33 4
Island City (II B)
33 5
La Grande (II B)
33 6
North Powder (II B)
33 7
Summerville (II B)
33 8
Union (II B)
33 9
Miscellaneous towns: Alicel, Hilgard, Marshfield, Nibley, Perry, Starkey (II B)
33 10
Nibley, Oro Dell (II C)
33 11
Birth, death, marriage records, public welfare (III A-E)
33 12
Taxation (IV A-D)
33 13
Agriculture and irrigation (V A-H)
33 14
Business and industry (VI A-K)
33 15
Roads, ferries, railroads, postal and telephone services (VII A-G)
33 16
Newspapers (VIII A)
33 17
Copy of the La Grande Evening Observer (VIII)
May 31, 1939
33 18
Public schools (IX A)
33 19
Private schools (IX B)
33 20
Colleges, universities (IX C)
33 21
School Superintendent report (IX D)
34 1
Recreation (X)
34 2
Biographies and obituaries (XI)
34 3
Indian affairs, military roll (XII)
1875
34 4
No material* (XIII)
Union County Personal Narratives and Interviews
Box Folder
34 5
Miscellaneous interviews, journal of E.S. McComas (XIV)
34 6
Arnold, William
34 7
Busick, Arthur
34 8
Caviness, John L.
34 9
Currey, Edith H.
34 10
Ellsworth, Ada
34 11
Duffey, Grover; Palmer, Hannah and Robert
34 12
Ladd, John R.
34 13
McDannel, Minnie
34 14
McNaughton, Sarah
34 15
McWilliams, Mr. and Mrs.
34 16
Miller, Matilda
34 17
Molitor, Grace (John L. Caviness)
34 18
Oliver, Jack
34 19
Owsley, B.F.
34 20
Shaw, Angus
34 21
Wilkerson, Robert A.
34 22
Wilkinson, John B.
34 23
Williamson, Mrs. J.T. (Hector Williamson)
34 24
Williamson, S.B.
Union County
Box Folder
34 25
Cemeteries (XIV B)
34 26
Artifacts (XIV C)
34 27
Landmarks and monuments (XIV D)
34 28
Local legends (XIV E)
34 29
Wildlife (XIV F)
34 30
Origins of place names (XIV G)
34 31
Local events, celebrations, and community organizations (XIV H)
34 32
Liquor licenses, sales (XIV I)
34 33
Work of local authors (XIV J)
34 34
Weather (XIV K-M)
Union County Churches
Box Folder
34 35
Adventist
34 36
Baptist
34 37
Catholic, Roman (photo)
34 38
Disciples of Christ
34 39
Episcopal (photo)
34 40
Latter Day Saints (photo)
34 41
Lutheran
34 42
Methodist (photo)
34 43
Nazarene
34 44
Pentecostal
34 45
Presbyterian (photo)
34 46
Summary of Union County survey records
Wallowa County
(* Indicates folder contained no material upon accession.)
Box Folder
35 1
General history (I A)
35 2-3
Research notes
35 4
Research notes, massacre of Chinese immigrants (I B)
35 5
No material* (II A)
35 6
Enterprise (II B)
35 7
Joseph (II B)
35 8
Wallowa (II B)
35 9
Arko and Grouse, Flora, Fruita, Imnaha, Leap and Chico, Lastine, Lost Prairie, Sled Springs, Paradise, Prairie Creek (II B)
35 10
Census, population records (III A-B)
35 11
Naturalization records, violence against Chinese (III C)
35 12
Birth, death, marriage records (III D)
35 13
Public welfare (III E)
36 1
Taxation (IV A)
36 2
Taxation (IV B)
36 3
Land valuation (IV C)
36 4
County debt (IV D)
1888
36 5
Agriculture (V A)
36 6
Livestock (V B)
36 7
Fruit farming (V C-D)
36 8
Agricultural associations (V E-F)
36 9
Livestock associations (V G)
36 10
Irrigation companies (V H)
36 11
Business and industry (VI A)
36 12
Timber industry (VI B)
36 13
Mining (VI C)
36 14
Milling (VI D)
36 15
Dairying (VI E)
36 16
General trade (VI F)
36 17
Banking (VI G)
36 18
Employment opportunities (VI K)
36 19
Roads, bridges (VII B)
36 20
Railroads (VII C)
36 21
Postal services (VII D)
36 22
Telephone services (VII F)
1888-1908
36 23
Newspapers, copy of The Wallowa Sun (VIII A)
March 23, 1939
36 24
Public schools (IX A)
36 25
Private schools (IX B)
36 26
School superintendents' reports (IX C-D)
36 27
Recreation (X)
36 28
Biographies and obituaries (XI)
36 29
Indian affairs (XII)
36 30
County politics (XIII)
37 1
Personal narratives, interviews, transcription of Henderson diary (XIV A)
37 2
Cemetery (XIV B)
37 3
Artifacts (XIV C)
37 4
Landmarks (XIV D)
37 5
Local legends (XIV E)
37 6
Origins of place names (XIV G)
37 7
Local events, celebrations, and community organizations (XIV H)
37 8
Prohibition (XIV I)
37 9
Work of local authors (XIV J)
Wallowa County Churches
Box Folder
37 10
Catholic
37 11
Disciples of Christ
37 12
Methodist
37 13
Presbyterian
37 14
General church history
Wheeler County
(* Indicates folder contained no material upon accession.)
Box Folder
37 15
General history (I A)
37 16
No material* (II A)
37 17
Fossil (town) (II B)
37 18
Mitchell (II B)
37 19
Spray (II B)
37 20
Ghost town (II C)
37 21
Birth, death records (III A-E)
37 22
Land sale (IV A-D)
37 23
Agriculture (V A-H)
37 24
Business and industry (VI A-K)
37 25
Roads, postal service (VII A-G)
37 26
Newspapers (VIII A)
37 27
Public schools (IX A-D)
37 28
Establishment of state parks (X)
37 29
Biographies, obituaries, interview (XI)
37 30
No material* (XII-XIII)
37 31
Miscellaneous topics (XIV A-M)
Wheeler County Churches
Box Folder
37 32
Baptist
37 33
Methodist
Yamhill County
(* Indicates folder contained no material upon accession.)
Box Folder
37 34
General history (I A)
37 35
No material* (II A)
37 36
Amity (II B)
37 37
Carlton (II B)
37 38
Dayton (II B)
37 39
Dundee (II B)
37 40
Lafayette (II B)
37 41
McMinnville (II B)
37 42
Newberg (II B)
37 43
Sheridan (II B)
37 44
Willamina (II B)
37 45
Yamhill (II B)
37 46
Ghost towns: St. Joseph, Web, Wheatland (II C)
38 1
Birth, death, marriage, divorce, citizenship records (III A)
38 2
County finances (IV A)
38 3
Agriculture (V A)
38 4
Business and industry (VI A)
38 5
Roads, ferries, bridges, postal service (VII A)
38 6
Newspapers (VIII A)
Box Folder
38 6
Newspapers, copies of McMinnville Morning Reveille
May 19, 1926
38 6
Newspapers, copies of Merchandise News Farmer Exchange
September 1922
38 7
Public schools (IX A-D)
38 8
Recreation (X)
38 9
Biographies and obituaries (XI)
Yamhill County Interviews
Box Folder
38 10
Christensen, Anne
38 11
Earl, Ruth E.
38 12
Savage, Ann
Yamhill County
Box Folder
38 13
Indian, military affairs (XII)
38 14
Politics (XIII)
38 15
Personal narrative, interviews (XIV A)
38 16
Cemeteries (XIV B)
38 17
Artifacts (XIV C)
38 18
Landmarks (XIV D)
38 19
No material* (XIV E)
38 20
Wildlife (XIV F)
38 21
Cozine Creek (XIV G)
38 22
Local events and celebrations (XIV H)
38 23
Grocery license (XIV I)
1857
38 24
Work of local authors (XIV J)
38 25
Miscellaneous topics (XIV K-M)
Yamhill County Churches
(* Indicates folder contained no material upon accession.)
Box Folder
38 26
Adventist, Seventh Day (no material)*
38 27
Baptist
38 28
Catholic
38 29
Christian
38 30
Episcopal
38 31
Evangelical
38 32
Friends
38 33
Lutheran
38 34
Methodist
38 35
Nazarene
38 36
Pentecostal
38 37
Presbyterian

Individual Manuscripts SurveyReturn to Top

The Individual Manuscripts Survey series (Boxes 39-41) inventoried manuscripts held by non-government public and private depositories such as libraries, historical societies, and private collections. Like the County Records Inventory Survey (C.R.I.S.), its primary goal was to make historical documents more accessible to researchers and the general public by publishing an inventory. It is arranged alphabetically by county and depository, and is comprised mostly of standardized forms that provide the name and location of manuscripts and their depositories. Most forms only briefly describe a manuscript, but workers partially excerpted or transcribed some documents. Letters, diaries, and account books possessed by private individuals figure the most prominently in this collection.

Although the series is probably outdated since it deals mostly with private individuals' collections circa 1940, it does provide a few interesting research leads. Its documentation of KOAC Radio Scripts (Box 41(13-20)) could be of interest to researchers, as could the "Guide to Depositories of Manuscript Collections in the United States: Oregon and Washington" (1940), of which there are multiple drafts in Box 39(2) and a final draft in Box 83(16). This series is also particularly revealing of H.R.S. editorial processes. In addition to the multiple drafts of "Guide to Depositories...", many of its standardized forms have editorial questionnaires attached that request HRS workers to recheck facts or provide more information.

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
39 1
National Records Survey manuscript topics file
39 2
Guide to manuscript depositories in Oregon, Washington
39 3
Baker
39 4
Benton
39 5
Benton County Court House Collection
39 6
Clackamas
39 7
Clatsop
39 8
Columbia
39 9
Coos
39 10
Crook
39 11
Curry
39 12
Deschutes
39 13
Douglas
39 14
Gilliam
39 15
Grant
39 16
Harney
39 17
Jackson
39 18
Jefferson
39 19
Josephine
39 20
Lane
39 21
Lincoln
40 1
Linn
40 2
Oregon State College (University) holdings (Linn County)
40 3
Malheur
40 4
Marion
40 5
Catholic Library, Salem (Marion County): Contents of Ray Damon
40 6
Morrow
40 7
Multnomah
40 8
Willa Crowder Collection (Portland), Don Giesy Collection (Aurora Colony), Frederick W. Skiff Papers (Portland)
40 9
Episcopal Church Collection (Portland)
40 10
First Presbyterian Church Collection (Portland)
40 11
First Unitarian Church Collection (Portland)
40 12
Oregon Historical Society holdings (Portland)
41 1
Portland Central Public Library, Library Association of Portland Collection
41 2
Reed College Library holdings (Portland)
41 3
Polk
41 4
Sherman
41 5
Tillamook
41 6
Umatilla
41 7
Union
41 8
Wallowa
41 9
Wasco
41 10
Washington
41 11
Wheeler
41 12
Yamhill
K.O.A.C. Radio Scripts
Box Folder
41 13
"Anecdotes of Old Pioneers"
41 14
"Collection Series"
41 15
"Oregon History Series"
41 16
"Ten Minutes with Famous People"
41 17
"The Weather and What is Being Done About it"
41 18
"Who's Who on the Faculty"
41 19
"Wonderland Series"
41 20
Manuscript leads

Historic Buildings SurveyReturn to Top

The Historic Buildings Survey series (Boxes 42-43) contains information about the location, construction date, builder’s name and biographical information, description, and physical condition of historic buildings circa 1940. Arranged alphabetically by county, this series is composed mostly of standardized forms but also includes numerous newspaper articles and some photographs.

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
42 1a-1h
Abbreviated index of buildings
42 1a
Baker, Benton, Clackamas, Clatsop counties
42 1b
Columbia, Crook, Curry, Douglas counties
42 1c
Grant, Harvey, Hood River, Jackson counties
42 1
Josephine, Klamath, Lake counties
42 1e
Linn, Marion counties
42 1
Multnomah, Polk, Sherman counties
42 1g
Tillamook, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa counties
42 1h
Wasco, Washington, Yamhill counties
42 2
Baker
42 3
Benton
42 4
Clackamas (includes photo)
42 5
Clatsop
42 6
Columbia
42 7
Coos
42 8
Crook
42 9
Curry
42 10
Douglas (includes photo)
42 11
Grant
42 12
Harney
42 13
Hood River
42 14
Jackson (includes photos)
42 15
Josephine
42 16
Lake
42 17
Lane
42 18
Lincoln
43 1
Linn
43 2
Marion
43 3
Morrow
43 4
Multnomah
43 5
Polk
43 6
Sherman
43 7
Tillamook
43 8
Umatilla (includes photos), Marion, Wallowa, Union
43 9
Union
43 10
Wallowa
43 11
Wasco (includes photos)
43 12
Washington (includes photos)
43 13
Wheeler
43 14
Yamhill
43 15
Miscellaneous counties
43 16
Fort Vancouver, Washington Territory

Maps and Photographs SurveyReturn to Top

The Maps and Photographs Survey series (Boxes 44-48) records the location, ownership, and general description of historic maps and photographs in Oregon circa 1940. It was compiled from public and private collections, and is arranged alphabetically by county and, in a few cases, by collection.

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
44 1-4
Photographs: Captain Arthur H. Riggs' Collection
44 5
Photographs: Baker, Benton counties (Oregon State Agricultural College Collection)
44 6
Photographs: Clackamas, Clatsop counties
44 7
Maps: Baker, Benton, Clackamas, Clatsop counties
44 8-12
Maps: Portland Central Library Collection
45 1-8
Maps: Portland Central Library Collection
46 1-6
Maps: Portland Central Library Collection
47 1-7
Maps: Portland Central Library Collection
48 1-3
Maps: Portland Central Library Collection
48 4
Maps: Multnomah County
48 5
List of maps missing from Portland Central Public Library
48 6
Maps: Lewis A. McArthur Collection (Portland)

State Boards of CommissionReturn to Top

The State Boards of Commission series (Boxes 48-52) documents the establishment of various state agencies. Although detail varies greatly from folder to folder, this series provides researchers with significant information about the history of many state offices, boards, and commissions. Some entries include the purpose, authority, structure, organization, and legislation related to an agency, while others only provide citations to such legislation. Some transcriptions of related legislation can also be found here.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
48 7
Research notes, instructions
48 8
Accountancy, Board of
48 9
Advertising Commission
48 10
Aeronautics Board
48 11
Agricultural College
48 12
Agricultural Districts
48 13
Apprenticeship Commission
48 14
Architect Examiners, Board of
48 15
Asylum Commissioners
48 16
Bakery Board
48 17
Bank Board
48 18
Barber Examiners, Board of
48 19
Battleship Oregon Commission
48 20
Biologist, State
48 21
Blind, Advisory Board for Adult
48 22
Blind School
48 23
Bond Commission, State
48 24
Boxing and Wrestling Commission
48 25
Budget, State
49 1
Canals and Locks Commission
49 2
Capitol Building Commissioners
49 3
Charities and Corrections, Board of
49 4
Child Welfare Commission
49 5
Chiropodist Examining Board
49 6
Chiropractic Examiners
49 7
Conciliation, State Board of
49 8
Conservation Commission
49 9
Control, Board of
49 10
Corporation Department Commissioner
49 11
Cosmetic Therapy Examiners
49 12
Deaf School
49 13
Dental Examiners
49 14
Desert Land Board
49 15
Eastern Oregon Normal School
49 16
Elections
49 17
Emergency Board
49 18
Engineer, State
49 19
Engineering Examiners, Board of
49 20
Equalization, State Board of
49 21
Eugenics, Board of
49 22
State Fair Directors, Board of
49 23
Fairs
49 24
Fairview Home
49 25
Federal Advisory Council
49 26
Fish and Game Commission
49 27
Flax and Linen Board
49 28
Flood Control Districts
49 29
Forestry, Board of
49 30
Funeral Directors, State Board of, and Embalmers Examining Board
49 31
Geology and Mineral Industry, Board of
49 32
Governor
50 1
Health, State Board of
50 2
Higher Curricula Education, Board of
50 3
Higher Education, Board of
50 4
Hospital, Oregon State
50 5
Hydroelectric Commission/Power Commission
50 6
Industrial Accident Commission
50 7
Immigration Board, State
50 8
Industrial School for Girls
50 9
Industrial Welfare Commission
50 10
Insurance Commission
50 11
Land Board
50 12
Land Board, Salem (duplicates)
50 13
Land Board, State
50 14
Land Settlements Commission
50 15
Labor, Bureau of
50 16
Labor, Child: Board of Inspectors
50 17
Laboratories, Advisory Committee
50 18
Legislative Service and Reference Bureau
50 19
Library, State
50 20
Liquor Control Commission
50 21
McLoughlin Home, Board of Trustees
50 22
Market Agent, State
50 23
Merchant, Auto: Examiners
50 24
Medical Examiners, Board of
50 25
Milk Control Board
50 26
Municipal Research and Service
50 27
Museum of Anthropology, State
50 28
Naturopathic Board of Examiners
50 29
Normal Schools, State Board of Regents of
50 30
Normal School, Central Oregon State
50 31
Norman School, Southern Oregon State
50 32
Normal School, Wasco Independent Academy
51 1
Nurses, Board of Examination and Registration of
51 2
Optometry, Board of Examiners of
51 3
Parole Board- Probation
51 4
Penitentiary Training School
51 5
Pharmacy, Board of
51 6
Pilot Commissioners, Board of
51 7
Planning Board
51 8
Plumbers, Examining Board of
51 9
Police, State
51 10
Portage Railway Commission
51 11
Printing Board
51 12
Prohibition Commission
51 13
Provisional Government Park Board
51 14
Public Service Commission
51 15
Public Utilities Commissioner
51 16
Public Welfare Commission
51 17
Railroad Commission and Board of Railroad Commissioners
51 18
Reclamation Commission
51 19
Reconstruction Advisory Board
51 20
Rural Rehabilitation Corporation
51 21
Sailor's Boarding Houses Licensing Board
51 22
Sanitary Authority of Oregon
51 23
Sciences, Basic: Board of Examination
51 24
Seals, Weights, and Measures
51 25
Secretary of State Essays (Inventory of State Archives)
51 26
Secretary of State: Oregon General Laws
1848-1901
52 1
Secretary of State: General Laws
52 2
Securities Commission
52 3
Self-help and Rehabilitation Commission
52 4
Soldiers and Sailors Commission
52 5
State Board of Standards
52 6
Superintendent of Public Instruction
52 7
Tax Commission
52 8
Teachers, State Board of Examiners for
52 9
Teachers' Tenure Commission
52 10
Territorial Recorder
52 11
Textbook Commissioners, Board of
52 12
Tourist Information Bureau
52 13
Training School, Oregon State
52 14
Treasurer, State
52 15
Trust Fund, Burbank: Board of Trustees
52 16
Tuberculosis Hospital
52 17
Tunnel Commission
52 18
University of Oregon
52 19
Veterans State Aid Commission
52 20
Veterinarian, State
52 21
Veterinary Medical Examining Board
52 22
Vocational Education, State Board of
52 23
Voting Machine, Board
52 24
Weather Service, State
52 25
Willamette Falls Weather Commission
52 26
Willamette River Basin Commission

Out of State FilesReturn to Top

The Out of State Files series (Box 53) focuses on the history of the greater Pacific Northwest including Oregon. Like the C.R.I.S., this series is arranged by topic and includes historical sketches, standardized forms, and transcriptions of some documents. Box 53(1) contains a topic index and outline that the researcher may find useful for understanding its organization.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
53 1
Out of State Index
53 2
Frank J. Smith articles ( Kelsonian Tribune, Washington: steamboat history, navigation) (I A)
1924
53 3-4
Historical sketches, miscellaneous topics (I B)
53 5
Place names (I C)
53 6
Biography (II A)
53 7
Schools (III A)
53 8
Natural disasters (IV A)
53 9
Mining, technology, agriculture (V A)
53 10
Transportation (VI A)
53 11
Recreation, mountains (VII A)

County Commissioners' JournalsReturn to Top

The County Commissioners' Journals series (Boxes 54-75) may be one of the most exciting components of this collection. Arranged alphabetically by county, it consists of typed and handwritten transcriptions of county commissioners' journals from the territorial period through the late nineteenth century, and provides insight into the lives of Oregon pioneers and early county government. General topics include establishment of land boundaries, laws and judicial decisions, and the appointment of county officials. An incomplete subject index arranged alphabetically by county accompanies this series, and contains worksheets (Box 72) and index cards (Boxes 73-75). Indexed subjects include the history and organization of county government and officers, schools, buildings, and transportation.

(* Indicates duplicate holdings at Oregon State Library, Salem.)

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
54 1
Baker: Volume 1*
October 27, 1862-June 8, 1864
54 2
Baker: Volume 2*
July 8, 1864-August 6, 1866
54 3
Benton: Volume 1
1850-1854
54 4
Clackamas: Commissioners' Court Record, Volume 1, Section 1*
March 1847-May 17, 1848
54 5
Clackamas: District Court Record, "Bar Roll," Volume 1, Section 2
October 7, 1845- November 1846
54 6
Clatsop: Volume 1
August 1849-October 1851
54 7
Clatsop: Volume 2
December 1851-December 1858
54 8
Clatsop: Volume 3
April 4, 1859-December 1862
54 9
Columbia: Volume A; copy of journal
August 1854-July 1859
54 10
Columbia: Journal A
July 1859-January 1884
55 1
Coos: Volume A
April 1854-April 1859
55 2
Coos: Section 1
July 1859-July 1874
55 3
Coos: Section 2
July 1859-July 1874 (*1874-1880)
55 4
Coos: Volume 3
April 1880-January 1882
55 5
Crook: Volume 1, Section 1*
December 1882-January 1892
56 1
Crook: Volume 1, Section 2*
December 1882-January 1892
56 2
Crook: Volume 1, Section 3*
December 1882-January 1892
56 3
Curry: Volume 1
July 1856-February 1861
56 4
Douglas: Volume 1, Section 1*
April 1853-April 1867
56 5
Douglas: Volume 1, Section 2*
April 1853-April 1867
57 1
Grant
October 1864-June 1868
57 2
Harney: Volume A, Section 1
April 1889-October 1893
57 3
Harney: Volume A, Section 2
April 1889-October 1893
58 1
Jackson: Book I
1853-1856
58 2
Jackson: Book III
1859-1866
58 3
Jackson: Volume 2
1866-1868
58 4
Jackson: Volume 2
1869-1871
58 5
Josephine: Volume 1
May 1856-June 1864
59 1
Josephine: Volume 2, Section 1
1864-1873
59 2
Josephine: Volume 2, Section 2
1874-1881
59 3
Josephine: Volume 3
1882-1886
59 4
Josephine: Volume 3
1887-1890
59 5
Josephine: Volume 3
1890-1895
60 1
Josephine: Volume 3
1896-1898
60 2
Klamath: Volume 1
1882-1884
60 3
Klamath: Volume 1
1884-1885
60 4
Klamath: Volume 1
1885-1886
60 5
Klamath: Volume 1
1886
60 6
Klamath: Volume 1
1886-1887
60 7
Lane: Volume 1*
1853-1856
61 1
Lane: Volume 1*
1856-1860
61 2
Lane
1860-1861
61 3
Lane
1862-1864
61 4
Lane
1864-1866
61 5
Lane
1866-1868
61 6
Lane: Volume 3, Journal C
1868-1871
62 1
Lane: Volume 3, Journal C
1871-1874
62 2
Lane: Volume 3, Journal C
1874-1875
62 3
Lane: Volume 3, Journal C
1875-1878
62 4
Lincoln: Volume 1*
1893-1894
62 5
Lincoln: Volume 1*
1895-1896
63 1
Lincoln: Volume 2
1897
63 2
Lincoln: Volume 2
1898
63 3
Lincoln: Volume 2
1899
63 4
Lincoln: Volume 2
1901-1902
63 5
Linn: Volume 1
1850-1857
64 1
Linn: Volume 1
1857-1861
64 2
Linn: Volume 1
1861-1864
64 3
Linn: Volume 1
1864-1866
64 4
Linn: Volume 1
1866-1867
65 1
Linn: Volume 2
1868-1869
65 2
Malheur: Volume A
1887-1888
65 3
Marion: Probate and Records Commissioners' Court, Volume 1
1849-1853
65 4
Marion: Volume 2
1853-1855
65 5
Marion: Volume 2
1856-1858
65 6
Morrow: Volume A
1885-1886
65 7
Morrow: Volume A
1887-1888
66 1
Multnomah: Volume 1, Section 1
1855-1859
66 2
Multnomah: Volume 1, Section 1
1860-1863
66 3
Multnomah: Volume 1, Section 2
1863-1866
66 4
Multnomah: Volume 1, Section 2
1866-1868
66 5
Multnomah: Volume 1, Section 3
1868-1869
66 6
Multnomah: Volume 1, Section 3
1869-1870
66 7
Multnomah: Volume 1, Section 4
1870
66 8
Multnomah: Volume 1, Section 4
1871
67 1
Polk: "Record of Proceedings of an Extra Term 1856" *
October 19, 1846-September 1847
67 2
Polk: Volume 1*
1852-1859
67 3
Tillamook: Volume A*
1854-1867
67 4
Tillamook: Volume B*
1867-1875
67 5
Tillamook: Volume B*
1876-1884
67 6
Tillamook: Volume B
1884-1889
67 7
Umatilla: Volume A
1865-1867
68 1
Umatilla: Journal B
1866-1867
68 2
Umatilla: Journal B
1868-1869
68 3
Umpqua: Volume A*
1851-1852
68 4
Umpqua*
1852-1856
68 5
Umpqua*
1857-1860
68 6
Umpqua: Volume C*
1860-1863
69 1
Union: Volume A
1864-1867
69 2
Union: Volume A
1868-1871
69 3
Union: Volume B
1876-1877
69 4
Wallowa: Volume A, Section 1
1887-1888
69 5
Wallowa: Volume A, Section 1
1889-1890
69 6
Wallowa: Volume A, Section 2
1890
69 7
Wallowa: Volume A, Section 2
1891-1892
70 1
Wallowa: Volume B, Section 1
1892-1894
70 2
Wallowa: Volume B, Section 2
1894-1897
70 3
Washington: earliest extant court record for the Tuality District under provisional government (1846), and Volume 1
1846-1852
70 4
Washington: Volume 2
1852-1857
71 1
Yamhill: Volume 1
1857-1858
71 2
Yamhill: Volume 1
1858-1859
71 3
Yamhill: Volume 1
1859-1860
71 4
Yamhill: Volume 2
1860-1861
71 5
Yamhill: Volume 2
1862-1863
71 6
Yamhill: Volume 2
1864-1865
Subject index to Commissioners' Journals Worksheets
Box Folder
72 1
Grant
72 2
Hood River
72 3
Josephine
72 4
Lane County
72 5
Linn
72 6
Malheur
72 7
Polk
72 8
Washington
Index Cards
Box
73
Baker, Benton, Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Crook, Curry, Deschutes, Douglas
74
Douglas, Harney, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Marion
75
Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Yamhill

Education SurveyReturn to Top

The Education Survey series (Boxes 76-77) is composed primarily of original and previously published historical sketches of primary and secondary schools. Arranged alphabetically by school name, it includes transcriptions of attendance records, course descriptions, faculty and administrative appointments, minutes of board meetings, and various school publications. This series contains a great deal of information about nineteenth century schools, and combined with other documents in this collection (such as those under the headings "Public schools" and "Private schools" in the C.R.I.S.) could be particularly fruitful for researchers interested in the history of Oregon education.

(* Denotes duplicate holdings at Oregon State Library in Salem.)

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
76 1
Albany College Institute, Anglo-German Institute, Ascension School for Girls
76 2
Ashland Academy*, Ashland Collegiate Institute, Ashland Normal School: Jackson County
76 3
Bethel Institute*, Bethel College: Polk County
76 4
Bishop Scott Grammar School*: Portland
76 5
Blue Mountain University*: Union County
76 6
Columbia College*: Lane County, Columbia College: Milton County
76 7
Drain Academy and Normal School*: Douglas County
76 8
Lafayette Seminary and Dallas College* (formerly La Creole Academy): Polk County
76 9
McMinnville College and Linfield College*: Yamhill County
76 10
Monmouth Christian College*: Polk County
76 11
Monmouth University*: Polk County
76 12
Clackamas County Female Seminary, Elder Fisher's School, Mr. Post's School, Mrs. Thornton's Female School, Oregon City College, Oregon City Seminary: Clackamas County
76 13
Oregon (State) Normal School*: Polk County
76 14
Pacific College*: Yamhill County
76 15
Pacific University and Tualatin Academy*: Washington County
77 1
Philomath College*: Benton County
77 2
Portland Academy*: Multnomah County
77 3
Portland Academy and Female Seminary*: Multnomah County
77 4
Portland University: Multnomah County
77 5
Santiam Academy: Linn County
77 6
Sheridan Academy (Willamette University): Yamhill County
77 7
St. Helen's Hall*: Multnomah County
77 8
St. Mary's Academy*: Multnomah County
77 9
Spencer Hall*: Clackamas County
77 10
Sublimity College*: Marion County
77 11
Umpqua Academy*: Douglas County
77 12
Willamette University and the Oregon Institute*: Marion County
77 13
Miscellaneous Protestant and non-sectarian schools
77 14
Miscellaneous Catholic schools

Oregon Church History SurveyReturn to Top

The Oregon Church History Survey series (Boxes 78-79) documents the history of Christian religion in Oregon. It is composed primarily of research notes, transcriptions of primary sources such as church records and secondary sources about church history, as well as a few historical sketches in draft form. Researchers interested in this topic should supplement these records with the C.R.I.S. series, as each county’s records include information regarding its places of worship.

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
78 1
Correspondence, research notes
78 2
Part I
78 3-4
Part II
78 5-6
Part III
78 7
Part IV
78 8
Part V
78 9
Part VI
78 10
Part VII
79 1
Part VII
79 2-3
Part VIII
79 4
Part IX
79 5
Civil War period, slavery
79 6
Swedish Churches
79 7
Baptist Church
79 8
Catholic Church
79 9
Congregational Church
79 10
Episcopal Church
79 11
Methodist Church
79 12
Methodist-Episcopal Church
79 13
Presbyterian Church
79 14
Miscellaneous notes
79 15
Newspaper clippings
79 16
Miscellaneous items

American Imprints SurveyReturn to Top

The goal of the American Imprints Survey series (Box 80/1-8) was to trace the history of American printing and publishing by inventorying public and private collections of print material. The Oregon survey focused on material printed through 1900, and its records include such information as the imprint's title, author, publisher, place and date of publication, number of pages, size, and repository location. This series also includes a significant amount of instructive correspondence regarding the survey's execution. Although this series may be obsolete, it served as the foundation for Douglas McMurtrie's Oregon Imprints, 1847-1870 (Eugene: University of Oregon Books, 1950) and George N. Belknap's Oregon Imprints, 1845-1870, (Eugene: University of Oregon Books, 1968).

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
80 1
WPA instructions, Oregon depository classifications
80 2
Correspondence, reports to WPA offices
80 3
Tallies of 22HR forms, location symbols for Oregon libraries, workers' progress forms, imprint cards
80 4
Imprints located in private depositories
80 5
Progress reports and Individual Manuscript forms (22HR)
80 6
Imprints located in Oregon libraries
80 7-8
Oregon imprints located in Oregon libraries

Manuscripts SurveyReturn to Top

The Manuscripts Survey series (Box 80/9-81) is one of the more interesting series in this collection because it contains finished products of the Oregon H.R.S. and another W.P.A. program, the Federal Writers' Project. It is composed of manuscripts in various stages of completion including research notes, manuscript drafts, and published mimeographs. Some manuscripts are original histories, while others are transcriptions of primary source documents relevant to the pioneer period of Oregon history.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
80 9
"River Transportation in Oregon": draft, research notes
80 10
Umatilla Indian reservation, agency: correspondence, research notes
80 11
"Historic Portland Fires": typed, unpublished manuscript
80 12
"Lectures by Rev. H.H. Spaulding. Early Oregon Missions--Their Importance in Securing the Country to America," and subsequent editorials: published in the States Rights Democrat
1867-1868
80 13
"Oregon Firsts," especially railroad, printing history: research notes, drafts
80 14
"Shrines, Homes, and Monuments of American Writers in Oregon"
80 15
"A Survey of the Foreign Language Press in Oregon, 1867-1939": research notes, questionnaire
1867-1939
80 16
“Transportation Items from the Weekly Oregonian, 1852-1865”: mimeographed manuscript
1852-1865
80 17
“A Letter from Luckiamute Valley in 1846”: mimeographed manuscript; “Record of Married Women’s Separate Property in Baker County, 1862-1872”: mimeographed manuscript
Box Folder
80 17
“A Letter from Luckiamute Valley in 1846”: mimeographed manuscript
1846
80 17
“Record of Married Women’s Separate Property in Baker County, 1862-1872”: mimeographed manuscript
1862-1872
80 18
“Daily Sales of an Auburn Store in 1868”: mimeographed manuscripts
1868
81 1
“Abstract of Willamette Valley and Cascade Mountain Wagon Road Company, 1864-1911”: mimeographed manuscript
1864-1911
81 2
“Corvallis to Crescent City, California, in 1874”: mimeographed manuscript
1874
81 3
“Old Time with Lane County Pioneers”: mimeographed manuscripts
81 4
“The Diary of Basil N. Longworth, Oregon Pioneer”: mimeographed manuscript
81 5
History of Grazing in Oregon: includes WPA instructions, Sections I-III, sections on Oregon Basques
81 6
History of Grazing in Oregon: Section IV
81 7
History of Grazing in Oregon: Section V
81 8
History of Grazing in Oregon: Section VI-VII

Radio ScriptsReturn to Top

The Radio Scripts series (Box 82/1-3) contains scripts from three radio programs produced from 1939-1940 by the H.R.S. in conjunction with the W.P.A. writers', theatre, and music projects, and Portland-area media such as KBPS and the Oregonian. The scripts deal with topics in Oregon history, and focus on pioneers and the late nineteenth century. This series is also interesting because it reflects larger federal goals for W.P.A projects: the employment of artists and white-collar professionals, cooperation between W.P.A. projects, and the application of their labor to the production of cultural programs for the general public.

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
82 1
"Oregon Oddities”: Untitled (about Sam Barlow, pioneer), Aurora, Captain Robert Gray, The Lost Blue Bucket Mine, Sailors’ Diggings, The Santa Maria of Hobsonville, Star of Oregon, The Umatilla House
82 2
“Portraits of the Empire Builders”: Tabitha Brown, Abigail Scott Duniway, Wilson Price Hunt, Jason Lee (2 versions), Elizabeth Merkham, Joe Meek, Elizabeth Miller, Joab Powell, Victor Trevitt, Ewing Young
82 3
“Builders of Tomorrow”: Untitled, Highlights of Orchestral Music in Oregon, Wildcats are Stubborn, Highlights of the Public Library System of Oregon, Highlights of Tuberculosis Control Work in Oregon, The WPA Serving Project, The Diary of Eli Sheldon Glover, Highlights of Pioneer Days, WPA Construction Projects in Oregon, The Life of William Booth-Salvation Army Founder, This Work Pays Your Community, The Story of Eugene, Untitled-Program 49, Untitled-Program 53

Letters of Famous Oregon PioneersReturn to Top

The Letters of Famous Oregon Pioneers series (Box 82/4-83/9) is composed of typed, transcribed letters that provide insight into Oregon pioneer life through the turn of the nineteenth century. Topics include territorial and state government, politics, business, social relations, and personal subject matter. The letters were written by and addressed to prominent men, and are arranged alphabetically by author. Letters addressed to Asahel Bush, editor and publisher of the mid-nineteenth century Democratic newspaper The Statesman, make up the majority of this series. Although it is unclear how the letters came to the attention of H.R.S. workers, the preface and bibliography of Jenette E. Roberts' work Asahel Bush: Pioneer Editor, Politician, and Banker (Eugene, 1939: Oregon Collection F881.B828) suggests they belonged to the private collection of Bush's son, A.N. Bush. These letters complement the biographical information and interviews contained in the C.R.I.S. series.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
82 4
Butler P. Anderson
May 13, 1851-February 10, 1861
82 5
W.H. Barnhart
August 9, 1852-March 24, 1893
82 6
Wilson Blain
March 19, 1851
82 7
R.P. Boise
March 27, 1851-April 18, 1857
82 8
G.D.R. Boyd
October 24, 1853-May 15, 1856
82 9
W.W. Bristow
April 19, 1851-December 12, 1862
82 10
Asahel Bush
December 7, 1851-April 22, 1860
82 11
S.F. Chadwick
April 24, 1852-February 2, 1860
82 12
George L. Curry
May 23, 1853-December 29, 1860
82 13
Matthew P. Deady
April 18, 1851-April 29, 1889
82 14
R.H. Dearborn
March 1, 1855-February 25, 1861
82 15
J.W. Drew
May 7, 1855-February 25, 1861
82 16
L.F. Grover
October 14, 1855-November 26, 1909
82 17
B.F. Harding
April 11, 1851-January 10, 1889
82 18
E.S. Kearney
May 15, 1858-July 20, 1860
82 19
Joseph Lane
February 3, 1851-November 24, 1880
82 20
Nathaniel P. Lane
January 5, 1856-November 11, 1860
83 1
John McCracken
January 15, 1853-November 9, 1863
83 2
Patrick Malone and Shubricke Norris
September 15, 1851-February 3, 1860
83 3
O.C. Pratt
October 3, 1851-March 17, 1887
83 4
James M. Pyle
September 24, 1855-August 30, 1860
83 5
Delazon Smith
July 11, 1847-November 2, 1859
83 6
Chester N. Terry
March 25, 1855-October 29, 1855
83 7
Samuel R. Thurston
July 11, 1847-November 2, 1859
83 8
George H. Williams
February 2, 1854-May 25, 1908
83 9
Miscellaneous letters (missing dates and/or signatures)

WPA Historical Records Survey Administrative DocumentsReturn to Top

The WPA Historical Records Survey Administrative Documents series (Box 83/10-18) includes instruction manuals and correspondence, blank survey forms, research and bibliographic reference materials, statements of purpose, press releases, and some HRS reference publications. These materials are useful for the researcher interested in becoming familiar with HRS procedures and philosophies. A particularly fine example of this is represented by material related to the American Imprints Survey (Box 83/14).

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
83 10
HRS instruction manual, report to Congress, miscellaneous essays
83 11
Instructions on research techniques, documentary reproduction
83 12
Instruction circulars, correspondence
83 13
HRS style manual, Church Records Survey instructions, Individual Manuscript Form instructions, Guide to the Manuscript Collections in the Oregon Historical Society
83 14
American Imprints Survey statement of purpose, instruction manuals, related publications
83 15
“The Form and Use of Footnotes and Bibliography in the Publication of Historical Records Survey Projects” (Research and Records Circular #5)
83 16
“Inventory of Manuscript Collections in the South”, “Guide to Manuscript Depositories in the U.S. Oregon and Washington”
83 17
Miscellaneous administrative forms
83 18
"Bibliography of Research Projects Reports. Check List of Historical Records Survey Publications"
September 12, 1940, September 1, 1941

Oregon State SurveyReturn to Top

The Oregon State Survey series (Boxes 84-85) documents the history of state government. Research notes, historical sketches, citations and transcriptions of legislation and detailed descriptions of state buildings make up the bulk of the records. Numerous state offices are covered by this series, but the office of Secretary of State is particularly well developed.

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
84 1
Index to History of Oregon State
84 2
Historical sketches: "Organization of State Government," "The History of the Judiciary of Oregon"
84 3
Outlines: "State Government," "Oregon State Files"
84 4
Documents relating to state government: index and corresponding printed records
84 5
State Library floor plans (copies)
84 6
State Capitol building: building forms, floor plans (copies)
84 7
State Capitol building: floor plans (copies)
84 8
State government buildings: miscellaneous documents
84 9-10
State Office buildings: building forms, notes, floor plans
84 11
State Office building: floor plans (copies)
84 12
State Adjutant General, militia: research notes, related legislation
84 13
Agricultural marketing: research notes, related legislation
84 14
State Attorney General: related legislation
84 15
Department of Americanization: related legislation
84 16
State Highway Commission: related legislation
84 17
State Land Board
84 18
Secretary of State: historical sketches, outlines
85 1
Secretary of State: research notes, government forms
85 2
Secretary of State: research notes
85 3
Secretary of State: miscellaneous topics
85 4
Secretary of State: Secretary reports, state budgets, Oregon Blue Book
85 5
Secretary of State: records volumes (I)
85 6
Secretary of State: records volumes (I A)
85 7
Secretary of State: legislation (I A2)
85 8
Care and accessibility of county records (I B1)
85 9
Secretary of State: Election Division (II)
85 10
Secretary of State: Accounting (III A)
85 11
Secretary of State: Claim Auditing (III B)
85 12
Secretary of State: Motor Fuels Tax Refund Division (IV)
85 13
Secretary of State: Departmental Auditing Division (V)
85 14
Secretary of State: Motor Vehicle Division (VI)
85 15
Secretary of State: Operators Division (VII)
85 16
Secretary of State: Non-resident Division (IX)
85 17
WPA correspondence, instructions, forms

Miscellaneous DocumentsReturn to Top

The Miscellaneous Documents series (Box 86, 1) contains a handful of unrelated original documents.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
86 1
Miscellaneous documents: includes transfer of land deed, town warrant (Burns), coroner’s report, coroner’s subpoenas (Umatilla county), WPA photograph releases
Box Folder
86 1
Miscellaneous documents: transfer of land deed
1907
86 1
Miscellaneous documents: town warrant (Burns)
1897
86 1
Miscellaneous documents: coroner’s report
1884
86 1
Miscellaneous documents: coroner’s subpoenas (Umatilla county)
1884
86 1
Miscellaneous documents: WPA photograph releases

Oregon ImprintsReturn to Top

The Oregon Imprints series (Box 86/2) contains two political tickets from 1861 and 1862.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
86 2
Political tickets: Democratic (1861), Union nominations (1862)
Box Folder
86 2
Political tickets: Democratic
1861
86 2
Political tickets: Union nominations
1862

PhotographsReturn to Top

The Photographs series (Box 86/3-16) consists primarily of photographs of the battleship U.S.S. Oregon whose major tour of duty was WW I, but also included service during the Spanish American War and WW II. Other photographic subjects include miscellaneous maps, sketches, a meteorite, and a late nineteenth century Wallowa newspaper.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
86 3
U.S.S. Oregon: exterior view
86 4-5
U.S.S. Oregon: interior views
86 6-8
U.S.S. Oregon: engine room views
86 9-11
U.S.S. Oregon: duplicates
86 12
U.S.S. Oregon: exterior views
86 13
“The Little Chieftan”
86 14
Miscellaneous prints: Fort Steilacoom (1871), “Hunting of the Grizzly Bear”, maps, Willamette meteorite
1871
86 15
Miscellaneous prints: WPA display, William Blakeley, hydraulic mining, Grant’s Pass
86 16
Miscellaneous prints

Oversize MaterialsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
87 1
Maps of Oregon City
87 2
Furniture Stencil
87 3
Oregon State Library floor plans
87 4
State Capitol Building floor plans
87 5
State Office Building floor plans
87 6
Coroner's report
1884
87 7
Transfer of land deed
1907
drawer
88
Lintfield Review: Vol. 43, No. 14 (IX C)
January 28, 1938
88
City Hall floor plan by Arthur B. May (city unknown)
88
La Grande School District #1: chronological listing of school principals
1862-1937
88
First floor plan of Island City School
April 27, 1937
88
Basement plan: Public School District #17, Moro, Oregon
88
First floor plan: Public School District #17, Moro, Oregon
88
Second floor plan: Public School District #17, Moro, Oregon
88
Map of Luckiamute River region
88
Ground plan of Leslie Junior High School, Salem, Oregon
88
Plat of City of Salem, Marion County, Maude E. Rogers (sketch copy)
1848
88
Plat of Malheur City
October 19, 1868
88
First road plat of Malheur County (copy)
July 25, 1887
88
Sketch of Yaquina Bay Settlements
88
Music score “Sweet Oregon” by Henry S. DeMoss
88
Jefferson County broadside (two copies)
1938
88
Floor plan of Ashland High School
88
Plat of Central Point, Oregon
88
Map of Ashland (copy)
1867
88
Plat of Burns and Trout Creek Road (copy)
1884
88
Plat of Road from Summit of Mountain Lying between John Day Valley and Bear Valley to Camp Marney (copy)
88
Plat of Prineville, Crook County (copy)
1869
88
Floor plan of basement of Prineville Grade School
88
Floor plan of first floor of Prineville Grade School
88
Floor plan of second floor of Prineville Grade School
88
Floor plan of Crook County High School