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Oral Histories of the Benton County (Or.) Courthouse, 1987-1991

The Benton County Courthouse, 1892.

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The Oral Histories of the Benton County (Or.) Courthouse document the history of the building as expressed by descendants of those who built it as well as those who worked in it and fought to have it preserved, including Judge Richard Mengler and six other interviewees. Completed in 1889 and located in downtown Corvallis, the Benton County Courthouse is Oregon's oldest courthouse building still being used for its original purpose.

Historical Note 

Content Description


0.6 cubic feet, including 37 audiocassettes; 3 boxes


The collection is arranged into two series: I. Audiocassettes; II. Transcripts and Project Files. Each series is arranged chronologically or by material type, as appropriate. An alphabetical view of the oral history interviewees whose recordings and transcripts are held in this collection is as follows:

  • Forland, Louise (April 27, 1988)
  • Gravelle, Edmund (March 27, 1988)
  • Gravelle, Elroy (March 27, 1988)
  • Hunt, Gladys (March 16, 1988)
  • Mengler, Richard
    • Recording of a presentation, December 8, 1987; and four interviews: December 7, 1988; August 4, 1989; March 2, 1990; June 25, 1990
  • Moore, Dorothy (April 22, 1988)
  • Schultze, Magdalen (March 29, 1989)

Related Papers

Additional materials concerning the Benton County Courthouse are found in the Benton County Courthouse Scrapbook and the OSU Memorabilia Collection file devoted to the building. The courthouse has been photographed often over time and historic images are housed in numerous SCARC collections including, among others, the Betty Kerr Photographs (P 196), Horticulture Department Photographs (P 090), Ben L. Gifford Photographs (P 218 - SG 5), John B. Alexander Sr. Photograph Collection (P 121) and Sydney Trask Photograph Collection (P 096). Certain of these images have been digitized and are available online.

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