Digitizing the Oregon Story: Creating Access to Significant Legal and Political Oral Histories

The Digitizing the Oregon Story project will create broad access to over 212 Oral History interviews of significant Legal and Political figures, originally created on analog audio and video tapes. Digitization will significantly expand access to unique primary source documentation of Oregon politics, law, and government on local, county, state, federal and international levels. The interviews comprise over 1800 hours of recorded sound and video, spanning from 1958 to 2011. Interviewees include lawmakers, judges, and government officials, with a wide variety of perspectives and insights.

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List of Interviewees includes:

  • Maribel Cadmus - Secretary to the Chief Clerk of the Oregon State Senate (1955), Oregon State Senate Secretary (1957-1987)
  • Vern Cook - Oregon House of Representatives (1957-1960), Oregon State Senate (1961-1980)
  • Ken Jernstedt - Oregon House of Representatives (1967-1968), Oregon State Senate (1969-1984)
  • Irvin Luiten - Lobbyist - Weyerhaeuser Company (1953-1978)
  • Fred Miller - Oregon Department of Transportation Special Assistant to the Director (1973-1976), Director of the Oregon Department of Energy (1976-1979), Oregon Department of Transportation Assistant Director (1979-1982), Director of the Oregon Department of Transportation (1982-1987)
  • Betty Roberts - Oregon House of Representatives (1964-1968), Oregon State Senate (1968-1976), Oregon Court of Appeals Judge (1977-1982), Oregon Supreme Court Justice (1982-1986)

We will be adding to this list as more interviews become available.


This project is supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Oregon State Library.

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