Guide to the Annabelle E. Jaramillo Papers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Jaramillo, Annabelle E.
Title: Annabelle E. Jaramillo Papers
Dates: 1967-2001 ( inclusive )
1974-2000 ( bulk )
Quantity: 12.7 cubic feet, including 300 photographs (13 boxes)
Collection Number: MSS Jaramillo
Summary: The Annabelle E. Jaramillo Papers document Jaramillo's work as a member of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council from 1997 to 2001; her advocacy for minorities and women with the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs and National Image, Inc.; her work as a research botanist with the U.S. Forest Service; and her graduate research at Portland State University.
Repository: Oregon State University Libraries, Special Collections & Archives Research Center
Contact Information: Special Collections & Archives Research Center
121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis OR
Telephone: 541-737-2075
Fax: 541-737-8674
Languages: Materials in English and Spanish.   
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical Note

Annabelle Jaramillo earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Portland State University and worked as a research botanist for the USDA Pacific Northwest Forest and Range Experiment Station at the Forestry Sciences Laboratory in Corvallis, Oregon, from 1974 until 1987. Jaramillo served as President of National Image Inc., a national Hispanic civil rights organization, as well as the Executive Director of the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs. From 1995 to 2000, she served as Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber's Citizen's Representative. Her office responded to citizen concerns and she was part of the Governor's senior staff. In 1997, Kitzhaber named Jaramillo to the National Environmental Justice Advisory Board (NEJAC), an EPA body that assists federal agencies in the development of environmental justice strategies. Jaramillo's service with NEJAC ended in 2001.

Jaramillo was elected as a Benton County (Oregon) Commissioner in 2000 and 2004.

Content Description

The Annabelle E. Jaramillo Papers document Jaramillo's undergraduate and graduate education at Portland State University; her work as a research botanist with the US Forest Service; her membership on the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs and presidency of the National Image, Inc., an Hispanic advocacy organization; and her membership on the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC).

The NEJAC materials represent about a third of the collection and include correspondence, meeting minutes, newspaper clippings, notes, publications, and reports. Consisting primarily of informational materials generated by and distributed to NEJAC members, the records document the impact of industrial pollution on minority communities and legal tools and strategies designed to prevent future environmental problems in residential areas from chemical and waste plants. Some of the these records originate from Jaramillo's participation in the NEJAC Air and Water Subcommittee. Materials pertaining to Jaramillo's service with the Oregon Governor's Environmental Justice Advisory Board and clippings about political and environmental issues in Oregon are also included.

The remainder of the Jaramillo Papers consist of reference materials assembled by Jaramillo and records of her graduate thesis research. The reference files include US Forest Service publications, article reprints, correspondence, grant proposals, and maps; political campaign records; and publications and reports pertaining to women and minorities in science and business, the OSU Minority Action Plan, and Hispanic advocacy.

Materials related to Jaramillo's graduate thesis research on mistletoe include her research notes, thesis drafts, biological specimens, correspondence, an article reprint, and photographs (130 prints, 119 negatives, and 47 slides).

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation :  

Annabelle E. Jaramillo Papers, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Future Additions :  

Additions to the collection are expected.

Additional Reference Guides :  

Preliminary container list available online.

Processing Note :  

This collection is not fully processed; this guide is preliminary.

Related Materials :  

This collection is a component of the Oregon Multicultural Archives, which includes several other collections pertaining to Latinos in Oregon.


  • Corporate Names :
  • Incorporated Mexican American Government Employees.
  • National Image Inc.
  • Oregon. Commission on Hispanic Affairs.
  • Subject Terms :
  • Environmental justice--United States.
  • Forests and forestry--Research--Northwest, Pacific.
  • Hispanic Americans.
  • Western dwarf mistletoe.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographs.
    • Other Creators :
    • National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (U.S.)
    • Pacific Northwest Forest and Range Experiment Station (Portland, Or.)

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