Guide to the Raymond E. Kerr Papers
1957-1966

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Kerr, Raymond E. (Raymond Earle), 1888-1966
Title: Raymond E. Kerr papers
Dates: 1957-1966 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 6.0 linear feet (4 containers)
Collection Number: Ax 345
Summary: Raymond Earle Kerr was a U.S. Navy Commander and a conservationist. The Raymond Earle Kerr papers contain material concerning Kerr's activities relating to the problems of air and water pollution in Oregon. The papers are arranged by organizations and subject. The collection concludes with personal memorabilia and material related to Oregon history, with a focus on Lane county.
Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon, 97403-1299
(541) 346-3068
spcarref@uoregon.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical Note

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.

Content Description

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.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Restrictions on Use :  

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Raymond E. Kerr Papers, Ax 345, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series: Series I. Associations, Organizations, Committees; Series II. Subject Files; Series III. Memorabilia; Series IV. Oregon History File.

Custodial History :  

The collection was a gift of Kerr's daughter, Mrs. William A. Stevenson, in 1967.

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by staff.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I:  Associations, Organizations, Committees
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 1 American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF)--Clifford G. McIntire
1 2 AFBF--Chicago Conference November 1, 1965-November 2,1965
1 3 AFBF--Policies
1 4 Association of Oregon Counties
1 5 Columbia Development Corporation
1 6 Columbia Interstate Compact Commission
1 7 Izaak Walton League of America
1 8 Izaak Walton League of America--L.C. Binford correspondence
1 9 Land and Water Use Committee correspondence, Minutes and Reports
1 10 Lane County Chamber of Commerce
1 11 Lane County Farm Bureau (1)
1 12 Lane County Farm Bureau (2)
1 13 Lane County Water Resources Advisory Committee--Meeting Notices, Agenda
1 14 Lane County Water Resources Advisory Committee--Expense Receipts
1 15 Lane County Water Resources Advisory Committee--Organization
1 16 Lane County Water Resources Advisory Committee--Policies and Procedures
1 17 Lane County Water Resources Advisory Committee--Miscellaneous
1 18 Metropolitan Civic Club
1 19 National Public Lands Coordination Committee
1 20 Oregon. Committee on Natural Resources (ONRC)--correspondence
70.0 letters
1 21 ONRC--Minutes (1)
1 22 ONRC--Minutes (2)
1 23 ONRC--Meetings: Transcriptions
1 24 ONRC--Reports
1 25 ONRC--Resolutions
1 26 ONRC--Clippings, Etc.
1 27 Oregon. Legislative Interim Committee on Public Lands
1 28 Oregon. Legislative Committee on Wildlife (1)
1 29 Oregon. Legislative Committee on Wildlife (2)
1 30 Oregon. State Access Advisory Board correspondence, Minutes
(correspondence) 15 letters
2 1 Oregon. State Access Advisory Committee--Minutes
2 2 Oregon. State Access Advisory Committee--Private Lands Subcommittee (1)
2 3 Oregon. State Access Advisory Committee--Private Lands Subcommittee (2)
2 4 Oregon. State Access Advisory Committee--Public Lands Subcommittee
2 5 Oregon. State Water Resources Board (OSWRB) correspondence, chief correspondent: Donel J. Lane
50.0 letters
2 6 OSWRB--Minutes of Meetings
2 7 OSWRB--Hearings: Transcript of Hearing on the Upper McKenzie River December 2, 1957
2 8 OSWRB--Hearings: Hearing on Program Statement, Upper McKenzie River Basin July 17, 1958
2 9 OSWRB--Hearings: Grande Ronde Basin Hearing April 22, 1958
2 10 OSWRB--Hearings: Economics of a State Water Resources Program July 9, 1957
2 11 OSWRB--Hearings: Rogue River Basin Hearing December 11, 1957
2 12 OSWRB--Hearings: Observation of Analysis of Necessary Water Programs in the 2nd Congressional District: Hood River Basin
2 13 OSWRB--Resolutions
2 14 OSWRB--Statements, Reports, Etc. (1)
2 15 OSWRB--Statements, Reports, Etc. (2)
2 16 OSWRB--Miscellaneous
2 17 Oregon Farm Bureau Federation--Policies
2 18 Oregon Outdoor Recreation Council
2 19 Oregon Reclamation Congress
2 20 Tennessee Valley Authority
2 21 U.S. Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Committee
2 22 U.S. Bureau of Land Management
2 23 Western Forestry and Conservation Association--Statements, Publications
3 1 Western Forestry and Conservation Association--"Western Forestry Notes," "Conservation Observer"
3 2 Willamette Basin Project Committee (WBPC) correspondence and General Material, major correspondent: Ivan E. Oakes
10.0 letters
3 3 WBPC--Bulletins
3 4 WBPC--Reports

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Series II:  Subject Files
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
3 5 Annexation
3 6 Basin Development
3 7 Bonneville Act--Amendments of 1958 1958
3 8 California--Bonneville Power Link
3 9 Colorado River Out of Basin Diversion
3 10 Columbia River
3 11 Conserving Districts
3 12 Cost Sharing on Federal Multipurpose Projects
3 13 Deschutes River
3 14 Fish and Game
3 15 Flood Control
3 16 Irrigation
3 17 Klamath Lake Area
3 18 Land and Water Conservation Fund
3 19 Long Tom Drainage (Fern River Reservoir)
3 20 McKenzie River
3 21 Mid-Coast Basin
3 22 National Natural Resources Conference 1965
3 23 Natural Resource Policy
3 24 Oregon Dunes National Park--correspondence
25.0 letters
3 25 Oregon Dunes National Park--Statements, Proposals
3 26 Oregon Dunes National Park--Notes, Clippings, Etc.
3 27 Oregon Power Development Problems
3 28 Oregon State Grange Convention 1964
4 1 Pollution
4 2 Power Preference
4 3 Public Land Law Review
4 4 Recreation
4 5 Rogue River
4 6 Rural Electrifications Problems (National Rural Electric Cooperative Association)
4 7 Snake River
4 8 Soil Conservation
4 9 Soil Conservation Districts ("Oregon Conservation District News")
4 10 Sportsmen--Land Owners Council
4 11 Water Control Districts
4 12 Well Registration
4 13 Wildlife Depredations
4 14 Wilderness Areas
4 15 Willamette Basin--General correspondence
25.0 letters
4 16 Willamette Basin (1)
4 17 Willamette Basin (2)

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Series III:  Memorabilia
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
4 18 Memorabilia

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Series IV:  Oregon History File
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
4 19 Oregon History Material

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Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Kerr, Raymond E. (Raymond Earle), 1888-1966--Archives
  • Lane, Donel J.--Correspondence
  • Oakes, Ivan E.--Correspondence
  • Corporate Names :
  • Izaak Walton League of America. Oregon Division
  • Oregon Farm Bureau Federation
  • Oregon. State Water Resources Board
  • United States. Navy--Officers
  • Western Forestry and Conservation Association (U.S.)
  • Willamette Basin Project Committee
  • Geographical Names :
  • Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area (Or.)
  • Subject Terms :
  • Air--Pollution--Oregon
  • Conservationists--Oregon
  • Water--Pollution--Oregon

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