The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) was originally established as the Oregon State Fish Commission in 1878. Initially, its duty was to enforce fishing regulations and the 1848 Territorial Constitution to ensure the conservation of salmon runs. Under the direction of Hollister McGuire in 1893, the agency's duties were expanded to include protection of wildlife from exploitative hunting. Since then, the ODFW has enforced protective regulations for the conservation of Oregon's fish and wildlife.
Records (1902-1981) include documents relating to the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation lawsuits to protect traditional fishing and hunting practices, Oregon's Cooperative Road Closure Program, and a roundtable discussion with department biologists.
Other materials include wild game laws and regulations, Oregon's program for management of marine mammals, game management, and histories of regulations, game birds and the Oregon State Game Commission.
The records contain correspondence which relates to Oregon Governor Tom McCall and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation lawsuits.
Restrictions on Access :
The collection is open to the public.Restrictions on Use :
The Oregon Historical Society is the owner of the materials in the Research Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the Research Library before any publication use. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.Preferred Citation :
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife records, Mss2860, Oregon Historical Society Research Library
The collection is arranged topically.
Acquisition Information :
Gift of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, 1989 (Accession number 19904).Future Additions :
Materials will be added to this collection.Separated Materials :
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Photographs, Organized Lot 790, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.
The photographs contained in this collection range from the early 1890s to the early 1980s, allowing for an in depth look into the evolution of the ODFW. The primary subjects include fish and wildlife management activities, fishways, dams, hatcheries, and law enforcement.
William L. Finley Photographs, Organized Lot 369, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.
Images of wildlife, primarily birds of the western United States, circa 1900-1940s, photographed by William Lovell Finley and his associate Herman T. Bohlman, with the help of his wife, Nellie Irene Barnhart Finley, and others. The collection includes fine images of adult and immature birds, chicks, eggs, and nests. Many show habitat. Others document the camera equipment and techniques used to make the photographs.Related Materials :
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife records are available at the Oregon State Archives in Salem, Oregon.
Detailed Description of the Collection
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