Janis Kafton Collection on Klamath County, Oregon Schools, 1905-1998

Overview of the Collection

Kafton, Janis
Janis Kafton Collection on Klamath County, Oregon Schools
1905-1998 (inclusive)
11.5 linear feet, (3 file drawers, 5 boxes)
Collection Number
SHL011 (collection)
Janis Kafton was a Klamath County educator and amateur historian. The collection consists of information on school districts, school buildings, teachers and staff, school locations, school budgets, meetings, and a variety of images.
Oregon Institute of Technology Libraries, Shaw Historical Library
Oregon Institute of Technology Libraries
3201 Campus Drive
Klamath Falls, OR
Telephone: 5418851772
Fax: 5418851777
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Janis Kafton was a Klamath County educator and amateur historian. She and her husband William were active volunteers and supporters of the Klamath County Museum and the Klamath County Historical Society. In 1988 William and Janis Kafton received the National Community Service Award from the American Association of Retired Persons due to their outstanding volunteering and contributions to the community.

Janis Blackman was born April 15, 1919 in Weleetka, Oklahoma. Her family moved to the Klamath Basin in Oregon to take up farming when she was very young. She and her five siblings attended Henley grade school and high school. After graduation in 1938, Janis attended Ashland Normal School and in 1940 began teaching in Klamath Falls, Oregon where she met William Kafton. They were married in December of 1940. Together they had two daughters, Sharon and Linda, and a son, Eddie. Janis was a stay-at-home mother and a homemaker until 1955 when she resumed teaching.

After William’s death in 1988, it became Janis’s passion to continue volunteering and collecting extensive research in several areas regarding Klamath County. Janis served on the Klamath County Museum Board, Klamath County Historical Society, and the Landmark Commission Board. Janis Kafton died on February 6, 2002.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Janis Kafton Collection on Klamath County, Oregon Schools is organized by school. Well established schools as well as transient logging camp schools are documented in the collection. Both public and private schools are included. The collection contains paper, newspaper clippings, hand written notes, photocopies, card files, and photographs covering the time period 1905-1998. Janis Kafton included instructions for continued research on many of the schools within the collection.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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Preferred Citation

[item identification], Janis Kafton Collection on Klamath County, Oregon Schools, The Shaw Historical Library, Oregon Institute of Technology, Klamath Falls, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Location of Collection

Shaw Historical Library

Acquisition Information

Donated to the Shaw Historical Library by Janis Kafton.

Related Materials

The Janis Kafton Collection on Klamath County, Oregon Local History is also held by the Shaw Historical Library.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1/1 A 1st Linkville School
1/1 B Linkville Schools
1/2 Schools of Klamath County
1/3 Klamath County School District
1/4 Northern Klamath County Schools
1/5 1st Klamath County High
1/6 Klamath Union High School after 1930
1/7 Klamath Union
1/8 Klamath County School
1/9 Central - 1st, 2nd
1/10 Riverside District #1
1/11 Fremont
1/12 Pelican City
1/13 Mills
1/14 Conger
1/15 Roosevelt
1/16 A Bonanza
1/16 B Bonanza School
1/17 Topsy - Frain - Pokegama
1/18 Olene
1/19 Dairy
1/20 Tule - Gale
1/21 Fort Klamath
1/22 Keno
1/23 (Bly) Sprague River
1/24 Upper Langell
1/25 Pine Grove
1/26 Hayneville / Lorella
1/27 Hildebrand
1/28 Vinson - Lower Langell
1/29 Plevna
1/30 Lower Poe
1/31 Lone Pine
1/32 Crystal
1/33 Worden
1/34 Bonita Grove Worden
1/35 Upper Poe
1/36 Chase Coffenberry
1/37 Gay - Sand Hollow
1/38 A Lower Swan Lake
1/38 B Swan Lake
1/39 Dry Prairie - Barnes
1/40 Spring Lake
1/41 A Round Lake
1/41 B Orindale - Pleasant Valley
1/42 Agency (Public)
1/43 A Merrill
1/43 B Merrill
1/44 Dist.
1/45 Garner
1/46 Summers
1/47 White Lake
1/48 Henley
1/49 Henley
1/50 Henley
1/51 Henley Miscellaneous
1/52 A Henley School Census
1/52 B Henley School - History - Chronologically
2/1 A Henley School - History
2/1 B Henley
2/2 Midland
2/3 Cherry Creek
2/4 A Upper Swan Lake
2/4 B Swan Lake
2/5 Dodds Hollow
2/6 Mt. Laki
2/7 Fairview City
2/8 Algoma School
2/9 Miller Hill
2/10 Bryant Mt.
2/11 Libby
2/12 Howard
2/13 Chiloquin
2/14 Beatty
2/15 Sprague River
2/16 Modoc Point - Lammis
2/17 Crescent
2/18 Altamont
2/19 Crescent Lake
2/20 Chemult
2/21 Odessa - Harriman
2/22 A Gilchrist
2/22 B Gilchrist
2/23 Yainax Indian Agency
2/24 Yainax - Day Schools
2/25 Melhase
2/26 Willow Brook
2/27 Howard - Cascade Summit
2/28 Chase - Coffenberry Mill
2/29 Modoc Point - Algoma
2/30 A Fairhaven
2/30 B Fairhaven
2/31 Madison Mt. Shasta School
2/32 Peterson
2/33 Ferguson - Peterson - Falcon
2/34 A Brixner, Mazama, Ponderosa
2/34 B Mazama
2/35 Weyerhauser Camp Schools
2/36 Lucile O'Neill School
2/37 Pine Grove Dist # 11 (1883-1936)
2/38 OIT
2/39 Henderson
2/40 Sacred Heart
2/41 Stearns
2/42 Tule Lake Schools
2/43 Lumber Camps
2/44 Butte Valley - South Side Lower Lake
2/45 Merrill Area Schools
3/1 County Supts. (Supplements)
3/2 County Supts.
3/3 A District #1 - Klamath Falls - Teachers
3/3 B District #1 - Klamath Falls
3/4 Isabelle Borgman
3/5 Lydia Fricke Photo Album Miscellaneous
3/6 Geneva Duncan Notes
3/7 Burt Hawkins Family
3/8 My Copy List of Museum Photos
3/9 Individual Teachers (also Nurses)
3/10 Co. District Listings - Teachers
3/11 Oregon Teachers Remember
3/12 Sources Info Early Klamath County Schools
3/13 1937 Class in 1980's
3/14 Geographic - School Sites
3/15 Subject Matter - Exams - Early Schools
3/16 Helfrich Charts
3/17 Speech
3/18 Term Paper - Early Schools
3/19 Junior Historical Journal
3/20 90 Years of Klamath Falls Schools
3/21 Possible Interviews
3/22 Sample of Daily 1 Room Schedules
3/23 After 1950
3/24 90 Years of Klamath Falls Schools
3/25 County Unit Financial Matter
3/26 Institute Records
3/27 Odessa - Dairy
3/28 Census
3/29 Xanthippe, Henley H.S., 1937
3/30 Landmarks
3/31 Extra Xeroxed Copies of Photos
3/32 Miscellaneous
3/33 Miscellaneous
3/34 Miscellaneous
1 Klamath County Schools card files
2 Klamath County Schools card files
3 Klamath County Teachers card files
4 Oregon School Register and Record Books for School Districts 53, 13 and 15 1910-1937
5 Klamath Falls City Schools/Klamath County School District Directories 1962-1991

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • School districts—Oregon—Klamath County—History
  • Schools—Oregon—Klamath County—History

Personal Names

  • Kafton, Janis--Archives

Geographical Names

  • Klamath County (Or.) — History