Oral History Project

Creating a living history by preserving the civics, history, and stories of the Oregon State Capitol.

The Oregon State Capitol Foundation connects Oregonians to a shared heritage, enhances the beauty of the Capitol and engages citizens in their democracy. Our Oral Histories project, adopted in Jan. 2002, is one of the ways we are able to accomplish our mission of preserving history and celebrating contributions to state government. The objective of the project is to preserve some of Oregon’s most important stories for future generations.

OSCF has collected dozens of histories so far. Click a name below to watch the interviews on YouTube.

Interviews may be available for purchase on DVD for $10 each. Contact Legislative Media at 503-986-1195 for information.

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  • Victor Atiyeh
    Oregon Governor
    State Senator
    State Representative

  • Kathleen Beaufait
    Oregon State Deputy Legislative Counsel 1960-1967
    Oregon State Chief Deputy Legislative Counsel 1967-1994

  • Maribel Cadmus
    Oregon Senate Staff
    Secretary of the Senate 1957-1987

“Being interviewed for the Oral History Project was a lot of fun. It brought back to me happenings that had slipped into the memory fog. I think it gives Oregonians a dimension of State Capitol history that can be found in no other medium.”

  • Jane Cease
    Oregon House of Representatives (19th District), 1979-1985
    Oregon Senate (10th District), 1985-1991
    Manager, DMV Branch, Oregon Department of Transportation, 1991-1996
    Manager, ODOT Growth Management Program, 1996-1998

  • Ron Cease
    Oregon House of Representatives (19th District), 1985-1991
    Oregon Senate (10th District), 1991-1997

  • Gene Derfler
    House of Representatives, 1988-1993
    State Senate, 1994-2001
    Senate Majority Leader, 1991-1999
    Senate President, 2001

  • Verne Duncan
    Superintendent of Public Instruction, 1975-1989
    Oregon State Senator (12th District), 1997-2003

  • Winston Hunt
    Oregon State Representative
    Chief Clerk of the House 1957-1982

  • Vera Katz
    House of Representatives, 1972-1990
    Speaker Pro Tempore, 1981-1983
    Speaker of the House, 1985-1990

  • Phil Lang
    Oregon House of Representatives
    Speaker of the House

  • Clay Meyers
    Secretary of State
    State Treasurer
    Contributor to Oregon’s “Bicycle Bill”

  • Hardy Myers
    House of Representatives, 1975-1985
    Speaker of the House, 1979-1983
    Attorney General of Oregon, 1997-2009

  • Betty Roberts
    Oregon House of Representatives
    State Senate
    Oregon Supreme Court

  • Gary Wilhelms
    Oregon House of Representatives (53rd District), 1973-1979
    Oregon House Minority Whip, 1977
    Oregon House Minority Leader, 1979
    Director, Government Relations, US West, 1980-1996
    Legislative Staff (Special Assistant, Chief of Staff), 1997-2012

Individuals with an interview included in an above video: L.L. “Stub” Stewart, Monroe Sweetland and Ken Hunt.