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Official Ballot for Precinct No. 1, Multnomah County, Oregon, November 5, 1912

Official Ballot for Precinct No. 1, Multnomah County, Oregon, November 5, 1912. The ballot includes candidates for national, state, and local offices as well as a number of state and local ballot initiatives. Most notable among them, an initiative petition for an equal suffrage amendment to extend the right of suffrage in the state of Oregon to Women.

Oregon. Elections Division

Susan B. Anthony letter to "My Dear Friends"

Letter from Susan B. Anthony to "My Dear Friends" dated 21 May 1885, regarding her recent visit, transmitting the first two volumes of the history of woman suffrage and encouraging the recipients to report their activities to "New Era." The letter is written on letterhead for the National Woman Suffrage Association.

Anthony, Susan B. (Susan Brownell), 1820-1906

Letter from Delazon Smith to Mary Shepherd Smith

Letter written by Delazon Smith to his wife, Mary Shepherd Smith on February 14, 1859. The letter announces the admission of Oregon as a state in the Union. It also includes an account of Smith drawing lots with Joseph Lane for the length of their senatorial terms.

Smith, Delazon

Oral history interview with Irvin Luiten [Index]

Index. This oral history interview with Irvin "Irv" Herman Luiten was conducted by Jim Strassmaier from March 16, 1988, to January 19, 1990, at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland, Oregon. In the interview, Luiten discusses his family background and early life on wheat farms in Ritzville and Edwall, Washington, including his early education and the struggles his family faced during the Great Depression. He then describes studying journalism at Washington State University in the late 1930s, including the evolution of his political views and his interest in radio broadcasting. He discusses his early career as a journalist for the Colville Examiner from 1940 to 1941 and for the Northwest Farm News in 1941. Luiten also talks extensively about his service during World War II, including acting as defense counsel for his battalion and about soldier morale. He talks about his work with the Military Intelligence Service to teach escape and evasion tactics to airmen and setting up lines of escape in France. Next, he describes his post-war life, including taking the editorship of the Northwest Farm News; marrying Ellen Boyde and raising a family; taking a job at Washington State University; and beginning his career with the Weyerhaeuser Company, doing public relations work as a writer for Weyerhaeuser News. He talks about aspects of Weyerhaeuser that made him loyal to the company, including the company's forest management practices and the management style of Phil Weyerhaeuser. Luiten also describes his experiences as a lobbyist for Weyerhaeuser from 1953 to 1978. He talks about the primary issues Weyerhauser was concerned with, including taxes, particularly timber taxes; pollution; land use; environmental law; and labor laws. Luiten also discusses his involvement with the Izaak Walton League of America and his conservation work; the Clemons Tree Farm; the workplace culture at Weyerhaeuser; and the company's relationship with the public. He goes on to talk about working with lobbyists for other Oregon timber interests, the different timber harvesting philosophies between Weyerhaeuser and Georgia-Pacific, and how those philosophies affected the economy of the state. He speaks at length on the importance of public relations work. He also discusses working with legislators such as Mark Hatfield, Dick Neuberger, Clarence Barton, Dick Eymann, and Vic Atiyeh. He closes the interview by talking about his life in retirement.

Luiten, Irvin H. (Irvin Herman), 1915-1997

Oral history interview with Betty Roberts [Index]

Index. This oral history interview of Betty Roberts was conducted by Clark Hansen from March 24, 1992, to September 19, 1994, at Roberts' home in Portland, Oregon. In the interview, Roberts describes her early life and family background, including growing up in Texas during the Depression and her father's alcohol poisoning. She also discusses meeting her first husband, John Willard "Bill" Rice, as well as their marriage and starting a family in Oregon. Roberts discusses attending Portland State College and the strain it put on her marriage to Rice; discrimination she encountered as an older woman student; and pursuing a master's degree at the University of Oregon. She also talks about her divorce from Rice due to his objection to her working outside the home, the divorce's effect on her children, and her subsequent marriage to Frank L. Roberts. She also discusses her divorce from Frank Roberts in 1965. Roberts discusses her career as an educator, including teaching at high schools in East Portland; serving on school boards; and her activity in the Oregon Education Association. She talks about meeting her third husband, Keith Skelton; civil liberties; her involvement in the Democratic Party; and practicing law. She then talks about her experiences in the Oregon House of Representatives from 1965 to 1968, including campaigning, sexist media coverage, and teaching high school and attending law school at Northwestern College of Law while in the Legislature. Roberts discusses legislation she worked on during her time in the House, primarily on education, including sick leave for teachers and universal kindergarten. Roberts also discusses her 1968 campaign for the Oregon Senate against Tom Mahoney, as well as the 1968 presidential campaign, including the debate around the Vietnam War and her attendance at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois, with U.S. Senator Wayne Morse. She then discusses her experience in the Oregon Senate from 1969 to 1977, including legislation on taxes, particularly sales taxes; women's rights; abortion; environmental issues; rape shield laws; and child custody. She discusses working with Debbs Potts, John D. Burns, and Gracie Peck, and and talks about running for governor against Bob Straub in 1974. She also discusses her run for the U.S. Senate against Bob Packwood the same year. She talks about the various forms of sexism she encountered while in the Senate, the formation of the Women's Caucus in 1973, and support for the Equal Rights Amendment. Roberts talks about her time as a judge on the Oregon Court of Appeals from 1977 to 1982, and about working alongside judges Herbert Schwabe and W. Michael Gillette. She describes being appointed to the Oregon Supreme Court by Governor Vic Atiyeh and the encouragement she received from Norma Paulus. She discusses several cases from the years 1982 to 1986, including cases regarding sex discrimination and misuse of taxpayer monies. She also talks about her law clerk, Maureen Leonard, and about working alongside judges Jacob Tanzer and Mercedes Deiz. Roberts relates her opinion on the efficacy and procedures of the judicial system in Oregon. She discusses her activities after resigning from the court, including her involvement with Oregon Women Lawyers and the Bob Packwood sexual harassment scandal.

Roberts, Betty, 1923-2011

Preliminary abstract of votes, November 1857 Oregon election

A recording of the preliminary abstract of votes given for the November 9, 1857 Territory of Oregon special election for constitutional ratification. Ballots included votes for the ratification of the proposed Oregon constitution as well as for and against slavery and the presence of free-blacks in the state. Included in the document are detailed voting breakdowns for voting precincts in Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas Counties as well as county-wide totals on each issue for the entire state. A listing of those voting for slavery in the Sauvies Island Precinct (today Sauvie Island) is noted at the top of page one. The author and provenance for this document are unknown but results roughly correspond with the reported final results for the election.

Women of America Support the National Suffrage Amendment

A single-page flier produced by the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage entitled, “Women of America support the National Suffrage Amendment.” It features a map of the United States indicating where women could legally vote and the number of electoral votes by state.

Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage (U.S.)

Will Federal Suffrage Amendment Complicate the Race Problem?

A single-page flier produced by the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage entitled, “Will the Federal Suffrage Amendment Complicate the Race Problem?” The flier uses population data from the 1910 census to argue that enfranchising women would not increase the proportion of the African American vote.

Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage (U.S.)

Instructions to Canvassers

A single-page flier with instructions to canvassers who gathered signatures for petitions to place an amendment for equal suffrage on the June, 1906 Oregon ballot.

Oregon Equal Suffrage Association

Trip to eastern United States, 1927-1928

Overview of William and Irene Finley's trip to the eastern United States, including Finley's recent publication, "Wild Animal Pets", release of a film series, "Finley Nature Series", and series of lectures, "Camera Hunting on the Continental Divide" and "Cruising in B.C. and Alaska."

Finley, Irene

Lincoln, Garfield, and Roosevelt for Equal Rights

A leaflet outlining arguments in favor of the 1906 Oregon referendum on equal suffrage. It outlines Presidents Abraham Lincoln, James A. Garfield, and Theodore Roosevelt’s track record in support of equal suffrage. The document is a single-sheet folded into 4 pages.

Oregon Equal Suffrage Association

Where Women Vote

A leaflet outlining arguments in favor of the 1906 Oregon referendum on equal suffrage. It includes accounts of the successful enfranchisement of women in Colorado. The document is a single-sheet folded into 4 pages.

Oregon Equal Suffrage Association

Roosevelt for Equal Rights

A leaflet outlining arguments in favor of the 1906 Oregon referendum on equal suffrage. It outlines President Theodore Roosevelt’s track record in support of equal suffrage. The document is a single-sheet folded into 4 pages.

Oregon Equal Suffrage Association

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