Guide to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Records
1902-1981

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Title: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife records
Dates: 1902-1981 ( inclusive )
1960-1977 ( bulk )
Quantity: .75 linear foot (2 document cases)
Collection Number: Mss 2860
Summary: The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife enforces protective regulations for the conservation of Oregon's fish and wildlife. Records include documents relating to the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation lawsuits to protect traditional fishing and hunting practices, wild game laws and regulations, game management, and histories of regulations, game birds and the Oregon State Game Commission.
Repository: Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Contact Information: Davies Family Research Library
Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR
97205
Telephone: 503-306-5240
Fax: 503-219-2040
libreference@ohs.org
Languages: Materials entirely in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical Note

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.

Content Description

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.

Use of the Collection

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

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

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

Survey of Agricultural Damage by Bird and Mammal Pests in Oregon, 1963-1970
Container(s)
box-folder
1/1

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Umatilla Fish Case No. 64-317, 1965

Transcripts of court proceedings

Container(s)
box-folder
1/2

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Second Umatilla Game Case vs. Holcomb appeal file, 1965-1967

Court documents and correspondence

Container(s)
box-folder
1/3

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Umatilla Fish Case No. 77-59--court documents, 1968
Container(s)
box-folder
1/4

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First Umatilla Civil Action No. 77-59, reopening Three Mile Dam site, 1960-1966
Container(s)
box-folder
1/5

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Court documents, notes and news clippings
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box/Folder
1/6 Civil Action No. 68-409, Richard Sohappy, et al vs. McKee A. Smith, et al--court documents 1968
1/7 Game Commissioners--photocopied images 1969-1971
1/8 Game bird and big game seasons
Statistics on species, hunters, hunter days and total kill
1969
1/9 Correspondence relating to Oregon Governor Tom McCall 1971-1973
1/10 Oregon's Program for the Management of Marine Mammals 1973
1/11 Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife reorganization 1975
1/12 Oregon's Cooperative Road Closure Program 1977
1/13 A Report to the 1977 Legislature on Court Disposition of Fish and Wildlife Law Violations 1976
1/14 Roundtable Discussion of Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission Members with Department Wildlife Biologists 1978
1/15 Clerical/Secretarial Training Sessions
Agenda and needs analysis questionnaire responses.
circa 1970
1/16 Executive Department--Governor 1974-1975; 1980-1981

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Correspondence and reports
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box/Folder
1/17 Shooting Preserve Laws and Regulations circa 1969
1/18 History of Big Game Regulations (1899-1970) 1971
1/19 Game license sales history 1912-1979
1/20 Brief History of Oregon's Game Birds circa 1960
1/21 Course material--history of the Oregon Game Commission circa 1950

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Oregon history from 1792 with transparencies
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box/Folder
2/1 History and Policies of the Oregon Game Commission circa 1950
2/2 Historical material
Histories of the Oregon State Game Commission, regulations, reports, statistics, lists of board members and game wardens, and logo.
circa 1930-1972
2/3 News clipping
Synopsis of Oregon's game and fish laws
1902
2/4 Report of Gene M. Simpson, Superintendent of State Game Farms
Report in bound volume on pheasants, quail and wild turkeys raised on state game farms, including photographs
1931

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Subjects

The collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings:

  • Corporate Names :
  • Oregon. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife --Archives.  ( creator)
  • Subject Terms :
  • Fishery conservation--Oregon.
  • Fishery law and legislation--Oregon.
  • Fishery management--Oregon.
  • Game laws--Oregon.
  • Game protection--Oregon.
  • Umatilla Indians--Fishing.
  • Wildlife conservation--Oregon.
  • Wildlife management--Oregon.
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Legal documents.
    • Letters.
    • Reports.

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