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Oral history interview with Frankie Bell

This oral history interview with Frankie Bell was conducted by Vinita Howard from November 12-30, 1992. In this interview, Bell discusses her family background and early life in Eugene, Oregon. She discusses her education and attending the University of Oregon. She talks about the difficulty of starting a family while still attending college and trying to have a career. She discusses the various part-time jobs she held until she began working at the Capitol building in Salem, Oregon, in 1966 as a tour guide. She talks about working at the information desk at the Oregon Legislature from 1967 to the time of the interview in 1992, including facing sexism on the job. She describes her observations on the Legislature over her two and a half decades there, including on lobbyists, rumors, and inaugural changes. She also talks about the history of the Capitol building, as well as organizing holidays and exhibits at the building; the gift shop; and school tours. She closes the interview by speaking briefly about the personalities of many legislators over the years.

Bell, Frankie (Frances Estelle), 1937-

Oral history interview with Cecil L. Edwards

This oral history interview with Cecil Edwards was conducted by Irvin Luiten from May 18 to 26, 1988. In the interview, Edwards discusses his family history and early life in Salem, Oregon, including his education and early interest in government. He then talks about his experiences working for the Oregon Legislature beginning in 1933. He discusses the old Capitol building, which burned down in 1935; campaigns he worked on, and the role of lobbyists. He also talks about working as secretary for Governor Charles Sprague. Edwards then describes his service in the National Guard during World War II, particularly working with horses and dogs. He talks about returning to work in Oregon government after the war ended, including serving on the Racing Commission; being fired by Governor Mark Hatfield; lobbying for the Oregon Cattlemen's Association; and returning to the Legislature to work as a secretary. He discusses the numerous committees he was secretary for, including the agriculture committee, fish and game committee, and land-use board. Edwards next discusses his tenure as secretary of the Senate from 1965 to 1975, focusing on many of the legislators he worked with, including Clarence Barton, Debbs Potts, and Jason Boe. He also speaks at length about redistricting, as well as the duties of the secretary of the Senate and Senate rules.

Edwards, Cecil L.

Probate Record, Estate of Jason Lee, 1846

Handwritten probate record written by W.H. Willson, Judge of Probate, regarding the will of Jason Lee. Judge Willson authorizes Alvin F. Maller, who Lee appointed as executor of his will, to fulfill his duties as such. Written on March 25, 1846 in Salem in Champoick County, Oregon.

Willson, W. H.

Jason Lee papers

  • Mss 1212
  • Collection
  • 1834-1845

Collection consists of the personal and professional papers of Reverend Jason Lee. The papers date from 1834 to 1845. Included are Lee’s diary of his overland journey to Oregon and the construction of his mission with entries dating from 1834 to 1838; an 1844 report Lee made to the Methodist Missionary Board; miscellaneous papers related to the illness and death of Lee in 1845; and fragments of an undated biography of Jason Lee likely written by Harvey Kimball Hines. The collection also contains a folder of Anna Maria Pittman Lee's correspondence dated from 1834 to 1835.

Jason Lee was born on June 28, 1803, in Stanstead, Quebec. After his ordination in 1834, Lee and his nephew, Daniel Lee, journeyed overland to Oregon with the intention to establish a mission to minister to the Flathead Indians. He instead established his mission in the Willamette Valley near present-Day Salem, Oregon, in territory that was home to bands of the Kalapuyan people. Lee returned east in 1838 to justify his decision and recruit reinforcements for the Willamette mission, as well as missions at The Dalles and Clatsop plains. In 1840, The Great Reinforcement, a group of 51 men, women, and children, arrived in Oregon on the ship Lausanne in response to Lee’s promotion in the East. In 1843, Jason Lee participated in the founding of Oregon's provisional government and Willamette University. Lee was relieved of his missionary post in 1844. Lee married Anna Maria Pittman, who died in 1838, and then Lucy Lee who died in 1842. Jason Lee died on March 12, 1845.

Lee, Jason, 1803-1845

Rotunda from North Side State Capitol - Salem, Oregon

Negative of a photographic postcard showing the interior of the rotunda in the Oregon State Capitol in Salem, Oregon. Taken from the ground floor, 2 murals adorn the walls, and a door to the left is marked, "Governor." Handwriting on negative reads, "Rotunda from North side State Capitol Salem, Oregon. Christian S-418." The top right corner of the image is cut off.

Christian (Photographer)

Detroit Dam Construction - Detroit, Oregon

Negative of a photographic postcard showing the construction of the Detroit Dam in Detroit, Oregon. Taken from a nearby hillside, the view looks down on a dam that is halfway built across a river. A construction crew works on the dam. Handwriting on negative reads, "Detroit Dam Construction - Detroit, Ore. Christian S-129."

Christian (Photographer)

Court Street - Salem, Oregon

Negative of a photographic postcard showing a street in Salem, Oregon. A row of business, including the Senator Hotel and the Railway Express Agency, line one side of the street. There are several automobiles on the street. Handwriting on negative reads, "Court Street - Salem, Oregon. Christian S-428."

Christian (Photographer)

West Roof State Capitol - Salem, Oregon

Negative of a photographic postcard showing the rotunda of the Oregon State Capitol building in Salem. Taken from the roof of the building. The Oregon Pioneer statue, built by sculptor Ulric Ellerhusen, sits on top of the rotunda. Handwriting on negative reads, "West Roof State Capitol Salem, Or. Christian S-423."

Christian (Photographer)

Bruckman's Breitenbush Springs, Oregon

Negative of a photographic postcard showing the exterior of Bruckman's Office building at Breitenbush Hot Springs in Breitenbush, Oregon. A sign on the building reads, "Bruckman's Office. Groceries, Fountain, Meats, Lunches." Another sign on the building reads, "Breitenbush U.S. Post Office." Handwriting on negative reads, "Bruckman's Breitenbush Springs. Christian S-266."

Christian (Photographer)

Bruckman's Breitenbush Springs, Oregon

Negative of a photographic postcard showing a miniature stone tower over a hot spring at Breitenbush Hot Springs in Breitenbush, Oregon. The word "Sulphur" is carved into the tower. Handwriting on negative reads, "Bruckman's Breitenbush Springs. Christian S-216."

Christian (Photographer)

Bruckman's Breitenbush Springs, Oregon

Negative of a photographic postcard showing 3 people in a pavilion at a hot spring. A sign on the pavilion reads, "Foot Bath." Two people sit on a bench over the hot spring. Handwriting on negative reads, "Bruckman's Breitenbush Hot Springs. Christian S-215."

Christian (Photographer)

State Library - Salem, Oregon

Negative of a photographic postcard showing the State Library in Salem, Oregon. Automobiles are parked on the street in front of the building. Handwriting on negative reads, "State Library - Salem, Oregon. Christian 11-823."

Christian (Photographer)

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