Arts, entertainment, and community events

Ruby Asquith in costume Adrien Voisin, working on sculpture of Two Guns White Calf Barnhill Tappers outside Portland Municipal Auditorium Barnhill Tappers outside Portland Municipal Auditorium Ballet dancer posing next to wall Dolores Mitchell in dance costume Young ballet dancer in costume, posing en pointe Young dancer in costume Young ballet dancer in costume, posing en pointe and holding cane Dolores Mitchell in dance costume Two tap dancers in costume Three young tap dancers in pirate costumes Three young ballet dancers in tutus, posing outdoors Three young ballet dancers in tutus, posing outdoors Three young ballet dancers in costume, posing en pointe Four tap dancers posing in a line Five tap dancers posing in a line Six tap dancers in sailor costumes Six young tap dancers posing in pairs Ballet dancers in costume, posing with arms raised Group portrait of musicians Eugene Radiators and drum corps Performers at microphone Beaumont School band Nine-man band Youth orchestra Youth orchestra Troupe of performers, some holding instruments
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Org. Lot 1368.F

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Arts, entertainment, and community events


  • 1920 - 1945 (Creation)


294 nitrate negatives

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The Oregon Journal was an afternoon newspaper based in Portland, Oregon. Originally founded in March 1902 by Alfred D. Bowen under the name Evening Journal, Charles Samuel (“Sam”) Jackson purchased the newspaper that July and renamed it the Oregon Journal. Originally located in the Goodnaugh Building, the Journal’s offices moved to the Jackson Tower in 1912, where they remained until 1948, when the paper moved into the Public Market building on Portland’s waterfront. The Jackson family retained ownership of the paper until the death of C. S. Jackson’s son Philip in 1953.

The Journal was known for some innovations. It shipped additional issues to Oregon’s coastal towns during the summer months as a means of boosting circulation. It was also the first newspaper in the United States to own a helicopter, and its waterfront building included a helicopter pad.

The Journal was considered a rival to Portland’s other major newspaper, the Oregonian, throughout its existence. The Journal’s editorials favored the Democratic Party, in contrast with the Oregonian’s Republican leanings, and expressed what some labeled an anti-establishment tone. However, the two papers became intertwined as time went on. In the 1950s, the Journal began to suffer from revenue losses, and discussed the possibility of sharing production facilities with the Oregonian. For the first five months of the protracted Portland newspaper strike which began in 1959, the Journal and Oregonian published joint issues. In August 1961, the Oregonian Publishing Company, by then owned by newspaper mogul Samuel I. Newhouse, purchased the Journal for $8 million. With this sale, the Journal offices and production facilities merged with those of the Oregonian on SW Broadway, although the Journal retained its own editorial department and tone.

The Journal’s highest circulation was at 201,000 in March 1948. By 1982, circulation had reduced to a little more than 100,000, and the paper struggled to remain relevant in an age where afternoon newspapers were considered obsolete. The Journal published its final issue on September 6, 1982. The paper’s staff and production were then absorbed into the Oregonian.

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Photographs, circa 1923 to 1936, of people and activities related to arts; entertainment; the Portland Rose Festival; and other community events, performances, and ceremonies. Arts-oriented images include portraits of dancers and musicians, primarily children, as well as photographs of actors, actresses, and theatrical productions or rehearsals. Photographs of the Portland Rose Festival include activities and portraits of festival queens and princesses. This series also includes photographs of parades and circus performers and performances.

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Due to the high-risk nature of the format, the Oregon Journal negatives are not available to the public for physical access.

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Org. Lot 1368, Box 371 and 377, OHS Research Library

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In Copyright Copyright held by Oregonian Publishing Group.

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  • English

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Archivist's note

Katie Mayer, November 28, 2017

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