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Avel L. Gordly collection

Repository: Portland State University Library. Special Collections

Collection Description (CRHP): This extensive archival collection documents Gordly's political career in the Oregon legislature. She was the first African-American woman elected to the Oregon Senate in the history of the state. This collection has photographs and extensive multimedia as well as approximately 22 hours of digital audio recordings and transcripts of interviews completed by Patricia A. Schechter, associate professor of history at Portland State, in 2009.

Digital Status: Partial

Extent: approximately 45 linear feet

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Related Archival Items: Patricia A. Schechter also has been involved in three other oral history projects dealing with the civil rights movement. The Black United Front project includes about a half-dozen interviews completed in 2010 that include the membership and leadership of the Black United Front, a major civil rights organization in Portland. The collection has mostly digital recordings and transcripts with accompanying photographs. The Oregon Nurses Association engaged in a project for which approximately 40 oral histories were completed in anticipation of the organization's centennial in 2004. Of these a small handful of African American nurses recounted their live stories which intersect in varying degrees with civil rights agitation both within ONA and in the community. Cassette tapes and transcripts, as well as photographs, were part of this project. An almost complete copy of interviews can be found at: Schechter drew on these oral histories for her article 'The Labor of Caring: A History of the Oregon Nurses Association,' Oregon Historical Quarterly, Vol. 8, no 1 (Spring 2007): 6-33. Finally, Schechter was involved in a project on the Portland YWCA; see the separate database entry on this project.

Interviewees: Avel L. Gordly

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights


African American politicians--Oregon
African American women--Political activity
African Americans--Civil rights--Oregon
Civil rights movements--Oregon
Oregon--Politics and government
Oregon--Race relations


Sound recordings


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