Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

Oregon Community Surveys, 1925-1936

Scope and Content Note

The Oregon Community Surveys consist of data and narrative summaries documenting the schools, churches, social organizations, and economic status of the rural communities of Clatskanie, Condon, Cottage Grove, and Riddle, Oregon. The collection includes completed survey data sheets, handwritten notes, narrative summaries, newspaper clippings, ephemera, and a photograph.

Each survey includes information about the demographics of the community, including the total population and number of individuals identified as "native born", "foreign born" , and "negroes"; number and type of farms and agricultural cooperatives; types of industries and businesses; information about charities, crime, social activities, and civic organizations; medical services available; and the names of influential individuals in the community. Extensive information about the community's schools were gathered as part of the surveys and include enrollment as well as information about facilities, library and equipment, teachers, and school clubs and organizations. Detailed information about each church in the community was assembled as part of the surveys. In addition to information about the church's facilities, data on the church's finances, membership, and religious education programs are included. The surveys also include narrative summaries and comments written by the surveyors.

The 1930 survey of Condon includes a photographic postcard of street scene of the business district of Condon.

Some of the materials are fragile or in poor condition and require care in handling.

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