Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

Annabelle E. Jaramillo Papers, 1967-2012

Scope and Content Note

The Annabelle E. Jaramillo Papers document Jaramillo's undergraduate and graduate education at Portland State University; her work as a research botanist with the US Forest Service; her membership on the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs and presidency of the National Image, Inc., an Hispanic advocacy organization; and her membership on the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC).

The NEJAC materials represent about a third of the collection and include correspondence, meeting minutes, newspaper clippings, notes, publications, and reports. Consisting primarily of informational materials generated by and distributed to NEJAC members, the records document the impact of industrial pollution on minority communities and legal tools and strategies designed to prevent future environmental problems in residential areas from chemical and waste plants. Some of the these records originate from Jaramillo's participation in the NEJAC Air and Water Subcommittee. Materials pertaining to Jaramillo's service with the Oregon Governor's Environmental Justice Advisory Board and clippings about political and environmental issues in Oregon are also included.

The remainder of the Jaramillo Papers consist of reference materials assembled by Jaramillo and records of her graduate thesis research. The reference files include US Forest Service publications, article reprints, correspondence, grant proposals, and maps; political campaign records; and publications and reports pertaining to women and minorities in science and business, the OSU Minority Action Plan, and Hispanic advocacy.

Materials related to Jaramillo's graduate thesis research on mistletoe include her research notes, thesis drafts, biological specimens, correspondence, an article reprint, and photographs (130 prints, 119 negatives, and 47 slides).

An addition to the Jaramillo Papers (Accession 2009:082) is made up of materials generated and collected by Jaramillo in the course of her work as Benton County Commissioner and involvement on various governmental boards and community organizations. Primarily made up of publications and reports, this transfer also includes corres-pondence, meeting minutes, newspaper clippings, notes, resolutions, and speeches. Among the organizations represented in these records include the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council, the Community Services Consortium, Oregon Progress Board, the Association of Oregon Counties Public Lands and Natural Resources Committee, the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs, and the OSU President’s Board of Visitors for Minority Affairs. Topics documented in these records include: environmental racism, cleanup of industrial brownfield sites, the impact of contaminated fish upon Native American communities, same-sex marriage, land use planning, and legislation regarding police discrimination in the use of traffic stops.

A second addition to the Jaramillo Papers (Accession 2012:037) consists of materials generated and collected by Benton County Commissioner Jaramillo and is made up of correspondence, handbooks, meeting minutes, newspaper clippings, notes, publications, reports, and a speech. These records primarily document Jaramillo’s work on the commission and associated involvement on various committees, including: the Federal Forestland Advisory Committee (Oregon Board of Forestry), the Public Lands and Natural Resources Committee (Association of Oregon Counties), the Onsite Program Improvement Advisory Committee (Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality), and the Benton County Forestland Classification Committee. In addition to local issues such as the Corvallis Endangered Species Response Plan and Oregon legislation regarding same-sex marriage, the correspondence consists of letters by Jaramillo to federal congressional representatives. Among the publications found in this transfer include directories, conference programs, and handbooks from the National Association of Latino Elected Officials, the Association of Oregon Counties, and the National Association of Counties. Other published materials and reports collected by Jaramillo pertain to immigration services, hate crimes, and racial/ethnic issues in the Oregon judicial system, and preservation of old growth forests. The speech are remarks made by Jaramillo in commemoration of the first year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

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