Vortex I music festival photographs, 1970

Overview of the Collection

Vortex I music festival photographs
1970 (inclusive)
0.1 cubic feet, (1 folder in a shared document case)  :  17 photographs
Collection Number
Org. Lot 666
Photographs of attendees and performers at the Vortex I music festival held at Milo McIver State Park near Estacada, Oregon in 1970.
Oregon Historical Society Research Library
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR
Telephone: 503-306-5240
Fax: 503-219-2040
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Vortex I music festival, also known as Vortex I: A Biodegradable Festival of Life, was a rock festival held at Milo McIver State Park near Estacada, Oregon. Members of Governor Tom McCall's staff, in collaboration with members of the Portland counterculture community, planned the state-sponsored festival. Vortex I officially ran from August 28, 1970, to September 3, 1970, to coincide with the American Legion annual convention held in Portland the same week.

Source: Robbins, William G. "Vortex I music festival." The Oregon Encyclopedia. https://oregonencyclopedia.org/articles/vortex_i.

Other Descriptive InformationReturn to Top

Collection was titled Vortex Festival photographic collection prior to August 2020.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection consists of 17 black-and-white photographs of attendees and performers at the Vortex I music festival held at Milo McIver State Park near Estacada, Oregon, in 1970. The photographs depict crowds arriving at the festival, performers on stage, audience members dancing, and attendees sunbathing in the park.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Alternative Forms Available

15 photographs are viewable online in OHS Digital Collections.

Preferred Citation

Vortex I music festival photographs, Org. Lot 666, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

Restrictions on Use

The Oregon Historical Society owns the materials in the Research Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from copyright owners.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Gift of Jack P. Steiwer in February 1990 (Lib. Acc. 19796 and Photo Acc. 990D020).

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Counterculture--Oregon
  • Music festivals--Oregon--Photographs
  • Peace movements

Corporate Names

  • Vortex I (Rock music festival) (1970 : Estacada, Or.)--Photographs

Form or Genre Terms

  • photographs