Equitable Savings & Loan Association photographs collection, 1891-1980  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Collector
Equitable Savings & Loan Association
Title
Equitable Savings & Loan Association photographs collection
Dates
1891-1980 (inclusive)
1940-1980 (bulk)
Quantity
3.87 cubic feet, (1852 photographs, 170 film negatives, and 400 slides in 5 document boxes, 3 oversize boxes, 2 oversize folders, and 6 photograph albums)
Collection Number
Org. Lot 233 (collection)
Summary
The photographs document one of the most important and longest-lived financial institutions in Oregon and its expansion into branch banking throughout the state and into Idaho, Utah, and Washington. The collection covers personnel, activities, and buildings, most notably three buildings for the Portland home office, all designed by noted architect Pietro Belluschi.
Repository
Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Davies Family Research Library
Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR
97205
Telephone: 503-306-5240
Fax: 503-219-2040
libreference@ohs.org
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public.

Additional Reference Guides

The photograph albums included in the Equitable Savings and Loan Collection have been cataloged and are findable through the keyword search in the Oregon Historical Society Research Library's on-line public catalog.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Funding for preparing this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

In 1890, prominent Portland businessmen incorporated the Oregon Building & Loan Association, which was renamed the Equitable Savings & Loan Association in 1899. The association occupied space in a number of downtown Portland buildings before constructing its first home at the corner of Southwest Sixth Avenue and Stark Street in 1932. Another new building replaced that one on the site in 1948. In 1965, the Association built the Equitable Center at 1300 Southwest Sixth Avenue. Pietro Belluschi, noted architect, designed all three of the buildings.

Equitable began its expansion into branch banking in 1941 at Seattle, Wash. Its branches eventually numbered more than 50 in Idaho, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. Equitable was associated with GAC Corp. from about 1969-1972. When it merged with Benjamin Franklin Savings & Loan Association in 1982, Equitable was the oldest savings and loan in the Northwest.

Ralph Cake (1891-1973) was the association’s most prominent and longest-serving president (1938-1962). A Portland native and lawyer, he gained prominence as a national leader in the Republican Party and adviser to President Dwight D. Eisenhower. In the early 1930s, he was part of the group of savings and loan leaders who helped to establish the Federal Home Loan Bank and Loan Insurance Corporation. He also served on the board of the Panama Canal Co., 1953-1960 and 1969-1972.

A history compiled by Les Woods for an employee orientation slide show is located in Box 4, Folder 8.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection includes photographs from nearly all the period that Equitable existed as an independent institution, 1891-1982, but the bulk of them date from 1940-1980. The collection documents the buildings that the home office occupied in Portland and that branch offices occupied in Idaho, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. The most notable buildings were for the home office in Portland, all three designed by noted architect Pietro Belluschi and completed in 1932, 1948 and 1965, respectively. The 1948 building was the first high-rise building constructed in the United States after World War II.

The collections includes several images of Belluschi. It also includes company personnel and activities, special events hosted or promoted by Equitable, and a small quantity of other images related to company operations and presidents. Included are a significant number of images showing women at work in the home office and in branches. Photo-Art Commercial Studios produced the bulk of the photographs, but the work of several other photographers also is represented, including Walter Boychuk, Ralph H. Cake, and Leonard Hatsill Delano and Delano Studios and Aerial Photography of Portland, Or. Many early images are later reproductions made by Photo-Art. Formats include black-and-white and color prints and snapshots, 35-mm color slides, and 35-mm black-and-white negatives. Some of the images are included in six photograph albums, mostly documenting headquarters and branch buildings.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The Oregon Historical Society is the owner of the materials in the Research Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the Research Library prior to any reproduction use. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.

Preferred Citation

Equitable Savings & Loan Association photographs collection, Org. Lot 233, Oregon Historical Society Research Library

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

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

Series A:  Home Office (Portland, Or.) , 1891-1980Return to Top

1,681 items.

The Home Office series is organized into the following sub-series: Buildings, Presidents, Employees, Employee Activities, Special Events, and Slide Show for Employee Orientation. The slide show history of Equitable Savings and Loan Association includes a copy of the script (Box 4, Folder 8). Folders are organized chronologically within sub-series. Many individuals are identified on the verso of photographs in this series.

Container(s) Description Dates
Subseries 1: Buildings
Box/Folder
1/1
Worchester Building (home office, 1891-1893)
Includes photographic reproduction of a drawing
circa 1892
1/2
Locations
  • Old Chamber of Commerce Building (home office, 1893-1897)
  • Concord Building, 242 Stark Street (home office, 1897-1902)
  • Unidentified interior, 1904
  • Lumberman's Building, 1922-1932
1893-1932
1/3
Equitable Savings & Loan Building, Southwest Sixth and Stark (home office, 1933-1948)
Includes exterior and interior views
1932-1940s
Equitable Savings & Loan Building, Southwest Sixth and Stark (home office, 1948-1965)
Box/Folder
1/4, 6/1, 6/4, 8/1
Construction scenes
Includes photographic reproduction of Sixth Street elevation drawing
1947-1948
1/5
Dinner held in building during construction
undated
1/6
Grand Opening
Includes many identified people, among them Pietro Belluschi, architect, and Ralph Cake, Equitable president
1948
1/7, 6/1, 6/4, 8/1
Exteriors
Includes black-and-white and color photographic prints and postcard views and one 35-mm color slide.
1948, circa 1950, 1973, undated
1/8, 6/4
Interiors
circa 1950
1/9
Christmas decorations
1959
Equitable Center, 1300 Southwest Sixth Avenue (home office, 1965-1982)
Box/Folder
1/10
Ground breaking ceremonies
Includes black-and-white prints and 35-mm color slides. Identified people include Pietro Belluschi, architect.
1963
1/11
Construction scenes
1963-1964
1/12-13
Dedication ceremony, open house, and dinner for employees and local businessmen
Includes black-and-white and color prints and 35-mm color slides. Identified people include Pietro Belluschi, architect.
1965
1/14, 7/1, 7/4, 7/6
Exteriors and models
Includes black-and-white and color prints, some in albums.
circa 1963, 1965, 1970, undated
1/15, 7/5-6, 8/2-3
Interiors
Includes black-and-white and color prints, some in albums, and black-and-white snapshots of floor plans.
1965, undated
1/16
Christmas decorations
Includes black-and-white and color prints and a black-and-white contact sheet for negatives Lot 233-8 through Lot 233-10.
1965, 1967, 1969
Subseries 2: Presidents
Box/Folder
2/1
Cake, Harold H.
undated
2/2, 6/2, 7/4, 8/4
Cake, Ralph
Portraits and activities in college and Republican politics, including:
  • With officers of Delta Gamma fraternity at White House, 1926.
  • With Wendell Wilkie, Republican presidential candidate, 1940.
  • With Republican National Committeemen from Oregon, 1941.
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower portrait, autographed to Cake, circa 1955.
  • With Richard M. Nixon, circa 1969.
Ranch on Metolius near Bend, Oregon, circa 1970
1908-circa 1970, undated
2/3
Cake, William
1944, undated
2/4
McKercher, Finley
1906, undated
2/5
Other presidents
Including J. Don Chapman, A.C. Commack, Edward Cookingham, Harry M. Grant, Howard L. Hubbard, C.E. Lass, William E. Love, and Theodore B. Wilcox.
undated
Subseries 3: Employees
Executive offices and others (solo portraits)
Box/Folder
2/6
A-K
  • Arnold, Maribeth, 1970
  • Davis, Mike, 1969
  • Farrell, Pat, 1969
  • Friedenbach, Ruth
  • Hagg, F.D.
  • Hanke, Robert F., 1938
  • Hansen, M.C., 1944
  • Harvey, ?
  • Harwood, C.A.
  • Heacock, Ray, 1959
  • Helmer, Harold
  • Hillyard, Faith
  • Houke, Sandi, 1971
  • Howard, ?
  • Jensen, Ralph
  • John, B.P.
  • Kay, Dennis
  • Kearton, ?, 1952
  • Kraig, Chris, 1970
1938-1971, undated
2/7
L-Z
  • Lance, James
  • Lassell, Patti, 1970
  • Lewis, L.
  • Lindgren, A.V., 1969
  • Lodge, Dave, 1970
  • McLaughlin, ?
  • Mulvehill, Jim
  • Ottoman, Kristi
  • Paulson, Rod, 1969
  • Roson, Hugh
  • Schelmirick, L.G
  • Smith, Merle
  • Sparks, Donn, 1970
  • Waldorf, Louis
  • Waldorf, Warren
  • Webb, Stan
  • Woods, Les
1969-1970, undated
2/8
Unidentified
Departments (including office scenes)
Box/Folder
2/9
EDP Department
1969
2/10
Mail Department and Addressograph Department
1962, 1970, undated
2/11
Purchasing Department
1970
2/12
Records Department
Includes Dennis Kay.
1969
2/13
Savings Department
Includes D. Gernhardt, Jim Truax, Terry Wohlgemuth, and Les Woods.
1969-1970, undated
2/14
Other Departments
  • Accounting
  • Advertising
  • Mortgage Loan
  • Print shop
  • Sales
  • Switchboard
  • Tellers
1962, 1969-1970, undated
Box/Folder
2/15
Committees
  • Dress Code Committee
  • Loan Committee
  • Steno Manual Committee
1971, undated
2/16
Other home office group photos
Includes:
  • Barton, Frank
  • Billings, Don
  • Bixel, Linda
  • Bachhofner, Gus
  • Cake, Ralph
  • Devlin, Charles
  • Ferlici, Betty
  • Ferris, Jean
  • Fry, Archie
  • Gernhaardt, D.
  • Greb, Jack
  • Hancock, Bob
  • Hansen, M.C
  • Hidden, W. Foster
  • Hunt, Phil
  • Larrowe, Bert
  • Ledbury, A.N.
  • Lewis, Annie
  • Lindell, Charles
  • Lindgren, Al
  • McCall, Gordon H.
  • McDowell, ?
  • Morby, S.E.
  • Newkirk, Lamar
  • Nokes, Dick
  • Norby, S.E.
  • Peyton, Leslie
  • Potts, Ernest
  • Rosson, Hugh E.
  • Saunders, Jack
  • Schenk, Vern
  • Smith, Bill
  • Sparks, M. Rene
  • Stanton, Glenn
  • Swartz, Marv
  • Syring, Dick
  • Truax, Jim
  • Watkins, C. Earl
  • Witt, Henry
  • Veterans of 1965 move from Sixth and Stark to Equity Center:
    • 10-year, 1975
    • 15-year, 1980
  • Unidentified
  • Unidentified—at United Airlines plane
1944-1980, undated
2/17
Other groups
Groups include:
  • Boyer, Herman
  • Cake, Ralph H.
  • Collier, Andrew M.
  • Lindgren, Al V.
  • McCaslin, Frank E.
  • Meyer, Larry
  • Norby, S.E.
  • Stockman, Lowell
  • Stout, G.R.
  • Tillson, Don
  • Zentbauer, John A.
  • At Jantzen plant, Vancouver, Wash.
  • At unidentified retail store
  • Branch managers and officers with GAC Corp. managers, 1969
  • Savings representatives, 1961, 1963
  • Unidentified
1960-1969, undated
Subseries 4: Employee Activities
Includes many group portraits that are fully identified on verso
Annual picnics
Box/Folder
2/18, C/1-2
Includes two group cirkut prints (8x10 reproductions in 2/18)
1933, 1939, 1940
2/19
1942
2/20
Undated (circa 1940s-1950s)
2/21
1948, 1951
2/22
1952
2/23
1953
2/24
1956
2/25
1957
2/26
1958
2/27
Includes color slides
1959
Box/Folder
2/28
Award dinners
1949, undated
2/29
Bowling tournament
1957
Christmas parties
Box/Folder
2/30
circa 1890s, 1934-1936, 1938-1939, undated
2/31
1941,1943,1945
2/32
1949
2/33
1956
2/34
1958
2/35
1960s
3/1
1960-1961
3/2
1963
3/3
1967
3/4
1969
3/5
Includes 35-mm color slides
1970
Easter breakfasts
Box/Folder
3/6
1968
3/7
1970s
3/8
1970
3/9
Includes 35-mm color slides
1971
3/10
1976
3/11
1980
Box/Folder
3/12
Retirement dinners
  • Carter, Jessie, 1970
  • Lindgren, Al
  • Nelson, Emily (with Ralph Cake), 1963
1963, 1970, undated
3/13
Other activities
  • Awards presentations
  • Blood donors, World War II era
  • Dinners and luncheons
  • Doll show, 1959
  • Flower show, 1961
  • Unidentified
1940s, 1959, 1961, undated
Subseries 5: Special Events
Anniversary celebrations
Box/Folder
3/14
50th Anniversary
1941
3/15
60th Anniversary
1951
3/16
75th Anniversary
1966
Box/Folder
3/17
Home Planners' Institute
1944
3/18
Pacific Northwest Conference of Savings and Loan Associations
circa 1955
3/19
Reception for Japanese Consul, Equitable Center
circa 1970
3/20
Receptions for Junior Achievement Participants, Equitable Center
1966-1967
3/21
Reception for Swedish Ambassador, Equitable Center
1968
Rose Festival activities at Equitable Center
Including entertainment and luncheons for Rose Festival Princesses
Box/Folder
3/22
1966
3/23
1967
3/24
1968
3/25
1969
3/26
1970
1980
Box/Folder
3/27
Clackamas Community College Jazz Band
1980
3/28
Columbia High School (Vancouver, Washington) band and chorus
1980
4/1
Enid High School (Oklahoma) band
1980
4/2
Grant High School (Portland) girls' vocal ensemble
1980
4/3
Portland Timbers Soccer Team appearance
1980
4/4
Luncheon for Rose Princesses
1980
4/5
Other images
1980
Box/Folder
4/6
Undated
Box/Folder
4/7
Signing of agreement with GAC Corporation
1969
Subseries 6: Slide Show for Employee Orientation
Box/Folder
4/8
History of Equitable Savings & Loan Association
Includes script written by Les Woods
circa 1980

Series B:  Branch Offices (Idaho, Oregon, Utah, Washington) , 1949-1980Return to Top

466 items.

The Branch Offices series is organized into two subseries: Buildings and Employees and Activities. Each subseries is organized by state, alphabetically, and then by cities within each state, also alphabetically. Much of the Building subseries is comprised of images of grand openings. Images in the subseries include many people, but most are unidentified. The Employees and Activities subseries includes many photographs of building exteriors and interiors, as well as people. Formats include black-and-white and color prints and 35-mm color slides. A number of the prints that were used for exhibits are mounted.

Container(s) Description Dates
Subseries 1: Buildings
Box/Folder
4/9
Idaho
  • Boise (includes color slides), 1967, 1976, undated
  • Coeur d'Alene (color slides), 1978, undated
  • Idaho Falls (includes color slide), 1967, 1978
  • Lewiston (color slides), 1977-1978
  • Payette (includes color slides), 1968, 1970, 1977
  • Pocatello (includes color slide), undated
  • Twin Falls (includes color slides), 1970, 1978-1979, undated
1967-1979, undated
Oregon
Box/Folder
4/10
A-C (includes mounted color prints and color slides)
  • Albany, 1978
  • Ashland, circa 1965, 1973
  • Astoria, undated
  • Bend, circa 1965, 1978, undated
  • Burns, 1966
  • Coos Bay, circa 1965, undated
  • Corvallis, 1978
circa 1968-1978, undated
4/11
D-M (includes mounted color prints and color slides)
  • Eugene, 1949, circa 1965, 1978
  • North Eugene, 1980, undated
  • Grants Pass, 1978
  • Hood River, circa 1965, undated
  • Klamath Falls, 1964, 1978
  • Medford, circa 1965, undated
1949-1980, undated
4/12
N-R (except Portland—includes mounted prints and color slides)
  • Newport, circa 1965, 1978, undated
  • Ontario, 1970, undated
  • Pendleton, 1965, 1978
  • Raleigh Hills, undated
  • Roseburg, circa 1965, 1978, undated
1965-1978, undated
4/13
Portland (includes mounted color prints and color slides)
  • Cedar Hills, circa 1965, 1978
  • Eastport Plaza, circa 1965, undated
  • Hollywood, undated
  • Lombard-Greeley, circa 1965, 1978
  • Mall 205, undated
  • Midway-Division, circa 1960, undated
  • Moreland-Sellwood, circa 1965, 1978
  • Sixth and Stark, 1965
  • Town Center, 1978
  • Washington Square, 1978
circa 1960-1978, undated
5/1
S-Z (includes mounted color prints and color slides)
  • Salem, circa 1965, undated
  • Springfield, 1965, 1977-1978
  • The Dalles, circa 1965, undaated
  • Woodburn, 1978, 1980
1965-1980, undated
Box/Folder
5/2
Utah and unidentified (color slides only)
Kearny, undated
undated
5/3
Washington (except Seattle—includes mounted color prints and color slides)
  • Overlake Park, circa 1965
  • Spokane, 1964, circa 1965
  • Tacoma, circa 1960, undated
  • Vancouver, 1971
  • Yakima, 1964, circa 1965
circa 1960-1971, undated
Box/Folder
6/5
Yakima
Album of construction and other images assembled by radio station KUTI for the grand opening
1964, circa 1965
5/4
Seattle (includes mounted color print and color slides)
Grand opening, 1967
1967, 1978
Subseries 2: Employees and Activities
Idaho
Box/Folder
5/5
Boise
Includes:
  • Bollertrees, ?
  • Clark, Doris
  • Good, Arnold
  • Grigsby, Ellen
  • Johnson, Karen
  • Thornton, Bill
  • Vertres, Bo
  • Week, Ingle
circa 1970
5/6
Idaho Falls
Includes:
  • Kite, Navae
  • Larson, Lea
1970-1971, undated
5/7
Pocatello
Includes:
  • Blair, Sandra
  • Lanhaim, Henry
  • Merrell, Norma
  • Rose, Clair
1970, undated
5/8
Twin Falls
Includes:
  • Gentry, Barbara
  • Rean, Kay
circa 1970
5/9
Other Idaho offices
  • Karcher Mall (Includes Betty Snell, Miss Rodeo America with prize saddle)
  • Payette
1970, undated
Oregon
Box/Folder
5/10
Corvallis
1970
5/11
Klamath Falls
Includes:
  • Chilcote, E.M.
  • Haie, Bertha
  • Stampek, Les
  • Stemper, ?
  • Waite, Ron
circa 1970, undated
5/12
Newport
Includes: Todd, J.
circa 1970
5/13
Pendleton
1970, undated
5/14
Salem
Includes:
  • Bolin, C.B.
  • Colter, Darlene
  • Francisco, Jean
  • Helliwell, Roger
  • Washburn, Jerry
1971
5/15
Other Oregon offices
  • Ashland
    • Clark, Jerry
    • Martin, Janis
  • Astoria
    • Anderson, Don
    • Walsh, Jack
  • Eugene
    • Pheifer, Carol
  • Hood River
    • Montgomery, Lee
  • Medford
    • Adkins, Doloris
    • Clark, Jerry
    • Gardner, Jill
    • Moffitt, Anita
    • Whitlock, Marisue
  • Roseburg
    • Cook, Dorothy
    • Hornschuck, Mildred
    • Roth, Jerry
    • Sanders, Lavon
1969, undated
Washington
Box/Folder
5/16
Seattle
  • Burns, Sandy
  • Foster, ?
  • Henson, ?
  • Holland, Beverly
  • Lampman, Mary
  • Mullens, Carolyn
  • Norton, Alice
  • Owens, Linda
  • Repler, ?
  • Sherwood, ?
  • Stone, Ann
  • Wright, ?
1970-1971, undated
5/17
Spokane
1970
5/18
Tacoma
  • Daugherty, Roger
  • James, Dave
  • York, Carol
1970
5/19
Yakima
circa 1970
Box/Folder
7/2
Group photograph—employees from all branch offices
1966

Series C:  Other Images, 1940-circa 1970Return to Top

43 items.

Includes trips made by Ralph Cake, images used for advertising, and views of communities where Equitable did business.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
5/20
Other related images (includes color slides)
  • Apartment or condominium—exterior and interiors (color negatives only—Lot 233-27 and 233-28), undated
  • Billboard—advertising half billion in assets, undated
  • House, unidentified location, undated (Equitable Savings & Loan made its fourth loan on the house)
  • Insurance agency—George Lutton, circa 1970
  • Trips by Ralph Cake
    • Coos Bay, Oregon, 1958
    • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania—Comty Rich House, 1956 (Ffirst house on which building and loan mortgage made, 1831)
    • Topeka, Kansas, 1957
1956-1958, circa 1970
6/2
Charles McNary's acceptance speech for Republican vice-presidential nomination, Salem, Or.
1940
7/3
Klamath Falls, Oregon—Medical and Dental building
circa 1950
8/5
Aerial views
  • North Bend, Or.
  • Portland, Or., circa 1960
  • Roseburg, Or.
circa 1960, undated

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Banks and banking--Northwest, Pacific--Photographs.
  • Branch banks--Washington (state)--Photographs.
  • Branch banks--Idaho--Photographs.
  • Branch banks--Oregon--Photographs.
  • Branch banks--Utah--Photographs.
  • Personal Names :
  • Belluschi, Pietro, 1899-.
  • Corporate Names :
  • Equitable Savings & Loan Association (Portland, Or.)--Photographs.
  • Portland Rose Festival--Photographs.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Film negatives.
  • Photographic prints.
  • Slides.
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Boychuk, Walter, 1886-1967. (photographer)
    • Cake, Ralph H. (Ralph Harlan), 1891-. (photographer)
    • Delano, Leonard Hatsill, 1908-1989. (photographer)
    • Corporate Names :
    • Delano Aerial Surveys (Portland, Or.). (photographers)
    • Photo Art Studios (photographers)