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Soap Creek Valley History Project Oral Histories, 1978-1995

Paul Dunn, Dean of Forestry, 1948. Dunn served as Dean of Forestry at Oregon State College from 1942 until 1955, when he joined the St. Regis Paper Company. Dunn was instrumental in obtaining the 6,200-acre Adair Tract for
				teaching and research, which was subsequently named the Paul M. Dunn Research Forest in his honor. In 1952-53, Dunn assisted in establishing a school of forest engineering at the University of Chile.

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OH 06

The Soap Creek Valley History Project Oral Histories consist of oral histories conducted primarily in 1989-1991 by the Oregon State University Research Forests to better understand the history, ecology, and culture of the Soap Creek Valley in Benton County, Oregon.

Historical Note 

Scope and Content Note


1 cubic foot, including 20 audiocassettes; 2 boxes


The collection is arranged into two series - one devoted to transcripts and background materials and another containing audiocassettes. An alphabetical view of the oral history interviewees whose recordings are held in this collection is as follows

  • Cook, Wanda Marcks
    • Two interviews: October 28, 1989; May 15, 1990
  • Dickey, Donald (August 18, 1990)
  • Dunn, Paul M.
    • Two interviews: November 2, 1978; September 18, 1979
  • Glender, Eugene (January 6, 1990)
  • Grabe, Lorna (December 28, 1989)
  • Hanish, James
    • Two interviews: January 13, 1990; April 10, 1990
  • Murphy, Bessie Gragg
    • Five interviews: July 23, 1975; August 4, 1975; January 26, 1989; January 4, 1990; September 29, 1990
  • Olson, Charlie
    • Two interviews: January 29, 1990; June 16, 1990
  • Rawie, Velma Carter (March 19, 1991)
  • Rohner, John Jacob
    • Three interviews: September 18, 1990; September 30, 1990 (parts 1 and 2)
  • Rohner, Wilma (September 30, 1990)
  • Sekermestrovich, Edward (February 6, 1980)
  • Vanderburg, Neil
    • Four interviews: August 8, 1990; September 1, 1990; January 26, 1991; October 11, 1991

Related Papers

Bob Zybach used these oral histories for his 1999 MAIS thesis, Using Oral Histories to Document Changing Forest Cover Patterns: Soap Creek Valley, Oregon, 1500-1999, which is available online. A 2009 addition to the College of Forestry Records (RG 139) includes sound recordings of the interviews of Wanda Marcks Cook, Eugene Glender, James Hanish, Charlie Olson, John Jacob and Wilma Rohner, and Neil Vanderburg as well as additional oral history interviews and records of the Soap Creek Valley History Project. The Royal G. Jackson Papers include substantive documentary materials, photographs, and oral histories documenting the OSU Research Forests and Camp Arboretum. Additional oral histories of Benton County residents are part of the Oregon Pioneers Oral History Collection (OH 01). The Ernest Cook Photographic Collection (P 221) includes photographs that were published in the oral history of Wanda Marcks Cook.

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