Raymond Earle Kerr, a U.S. Navy Commander, was born in Minnesota in 1888. He was educated at the University of Oregon and the U.S. Naval Academy. Most of Kerr's naval service was on the west coast. In his retirement, he interested himself in conservation of natural resources, and the problems of air and water pollution, particularly in Oregon. Kerr died in 1966.
Cmdr. Kerr was perhaps the first person in Oregon to recognize the problems of air and water pollution. The files reflect Kerr's activities concentrated within this area. He participated in the programs of the Willamette Basin Project Committee, the Oregon State Water Resources Board, the Oregon Farm Bureau Federation, and the Lane County Water Resources Advisory Board.
The Raymond Earle Kerr Papers include correspondence, minutes, reports, and documents of various public and private conservation agencies in Oregon. Major organizations represented are: Izaak Walton League (Oregon chapter), Lane County Water Resources Advisory Committee, Oregon Committee on Natural Resources, Oregon Legislative Interim Committee on Wildlife, Oregon State Access Advisory Committee, Oregon State Water Resources Board, Western Forestry and Conservation Association, and Willamette Basin Project Committee. Major correspondents are: Donel J. Lane and Ivan E. Oakes. There is also a file of material on the proposed Oregon Dunes National Park. All of the files are arranged alphabetically in the respective series. The memorabilia material contains personal letters, photographs, pocket journals, etc. The Oregon History File is contained in a mulit-pocket collapsible file folder and is represented on the finding aid as a single folder. Contained in the Oregon History File is clippings, personal stories, letters, photographs, notes, articles, etc. The material focuses on Lane County but not exclusively.
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[Identification of item], Raymond E. Kerr Papers, Ax 345, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.
Collection is organized into the following series: Series I. Associations, Organizations, Committees; Series II. Subject Files; Series III. Memorabilia; Series IV. Oregon History File.
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