Guide to the Gertrude Glutsch Jensen Papers
1951-1970

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Creator: Jensen, Gertrude Glutsch, 1903-1986
Title: Gertrude Glutsch Jensen papers
Dates: 1951-1970 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 3.0 linear feet (2 containers)
Collection Number: Ax 658
Summary: The collection contains the professional files of one of Oregon's leading conservationists in the mid-twentieth century, Gertrude Glutsch Jensen. The collection includes materials relating to the Columbia River Gorge Commission, the Oregon Roadside Council, the Civil War Centennial Commission, and the Portland Women's Forum. The material is in the form of reports, letters, notes, and minutes.
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

Gertrude Glutsch Jensen was born on May 17, 1903 in Portland, Oregon. She attended Shatuck Grade School, and Lincoln High School before graduation from Franklin high School. Upon graduation in the 1920s, Gertrude attended Reed College, where she studied political science. Upon graduation from Reed, she became a free-lance journalist for The Oregonian for fourteen years. During this time, specifically the 1930s and 1940s, Gertrude worked to help people who were deaf, as her mother was deaf.

In 1938, she became a real estate broker and helped to create state legislation to regulate real estate brokerage conduct. This being the first such legislature in the nation. Gertrude really got her start in conservation activism when she took a trip with her son, Frederic, down the Columbia Gorge to Latourell Falls. There they saw loggers cutting down the trees. She was prompted to examine why loggers were allowed to log in the gorge.

With her new-found desire, Gertrude became the first chairwoman of the Oregon Columbia River Gorge Commission, which she was instrumental in forming. She retained this post from 1953 to 1969. During and after that time, she fought vigorously to keep industrial development out of the Gorge at one point launching a one woman campaign to oust members of the State Highway Commission who she felt were jeopardizing the gorge. She also fought a bitter battle to prevent the erection of a scrap steel mill at Cascade Locks. By the end of her tenure, she had been instrumental in designating 3,000 acres of Oregon land as scenic area.

Gertrude Jensen received numerous awards for her activism throughout her lifetime. These awards and distinctions include: The Award of Merit in New York from the American Society for Preservation of Scenic and Historic Areas (1953); the Matrix Table Award by the Portland Alumni Chapter of Theta Sigma Phi, a journalism honorary (1960); Department of Interior's Conservation Service Award (considered her greatest honor) (1961); Portland Women's Forum's Woman of the Year (1963); and she was the first recipient of Gov. Tom McCall's Distinguished Service Award (1964). She had also earned the name "Angel of the Gorge" by the mid-1960s.

Gertrude Glutsch Jensen was an amazing woman who was always trying to better the world. She was constantly trying to convince senators and politicians of the importance of her mission. Mrs. Jensen died in December of 1986 from a long battle with heart trouble. She was survived by her only son, two grandsons, and five great-grand children.

Source: "Death Takes Columbia Gorge Protector." The Oregonian. 28 December 1986. p. B1.)

Content Description

The Gertrude Glutsch Jensen Papers contains activist materials for various conservation organizations and public matters in Oregon. The papers comprise minutes and other records of organizations in which Mrs. Jensen was interested, notably the Columbia River Gorge Commission, 1951-1970, the Oregon Roadside Council, 1960-1970; and the Civil War Centennial Commission, 1958-1960. The correspondence files include correspondence with Guy Cordon, Charles Ladd, Paul Patterson, Richard Neuberger, Maurine Neuberger and Wayne Morse. There are also 40 letters from Kathleen Eloisa Rockwell, "Klondike Kate," spanning from 1951 to 1957.

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 material 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], Gertrude Glutsch Jensen Papers, Ax 658, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series: Series I. Columbia Gorge Commission; Series II. Portland Women's Forum; Series III. Oregon Roadside Council; Series IV. Civil War Centennial Commission; Series V. Published Items.

Custodial History :  

Collection was a gift of Gertrude G. Jensen in 1971.

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:  Columbia River Gorge Commission
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 1 Reports
1 2 Minutes 1969-1970
1 3 1969
1 4 1968
1 5 Budget-Emergency Board, Special Session Summer 1967, Fall 1967
1 6 Legislature, Budget 1967 1967-1969
1 7 1967
1 8 1966
1 9 1965
1 10 Legislature Committee-Ways and Means March 8, 1965
1 11 1964
1 12 Oregon State Legislature HB 1233 Spring 1963
1 13 1962-1963
1 14 1962
1 15 1961
1 16 1960
1 17 1959
1 18 July 1, 1958-December 30, 1958
1 19 January 1958-July 1958
1 20 records 1957
1 21 Legislation Spring 1957
1 22 Rooster Rock State Park 1957
1 23 Minutes 1956-1957
1 24 Amended Legislature 1955
1 25 July 1, 1956-January 1, 1957
1 26 Minutes and Memos on Meetings 1955-1956
1 27 1955-1956
1 28 Papers relating to Columbia Gorge Bill 1953 1955
1 29 1952-1953
1 30 Gorge Ruby's Priority Chart January 1955
1 31 Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, letters 1952-1955
1 32 1955
1 33 Separation of State Parks-Gertrude Dunn October 1955
1 34 Reforestation of Columbia River Gorge 1955
1 35 Majority and Minority Reports and Meeting with Governor Patterson prior to 1955 Legislature 1954-1955
1 36 Letters Relating to Mt. Hood Forest Exchange Policy 1954
1 37 Mt. Hood Forest Service (Joe Robbins Timberland Transaction) 1954
1 38 Ownerships on Crow Point Basin 1954
1 39 Owners of Lands sold for Foxes in the Gorge, letter to County commissioners, Letter of Rufus Holman, Resolution by Oregon Roadside Council 1953
1 40 Multnomah Falls Basin-County Land Sales 1952
1 41 Watershed Maps 1952
1 42 Latourell Falls 1952
1 43 Celilo Falls
1 44 Interstate Gorge Conference: Board of Directors Room, United States National Bank April 21, 1952
1 45 Columbia River Gorge Notes 1951
2 1 Meeting Before County Commissioners February 14, 1952
2 2 Miscellaneous
2 3 Commissioner Bowers City Signboard Committee 1957
2 4 Russell Getty File 1966
2 5 Morse-Neuberger letters 1955, 1956, 1957
2 6 Maurine Neuberger letters 1963-1967
2 7 Death of Senator Richard Neuberger
2 8 Neuberger Clippings
2 9 Senator Neuberger's letters 1958
2 10 Zoning
2 11 Letters sent by Gertrude Dunn and Gertrude Jensen #1 1952-1953
2 12 Senator Cordon correspondence 1954
2 13 Charlie Ladd-State Forester's reports on logging in the Gorge 1954
2 14 Governor Paul Patterson correspondence 1952-1954
2 15 Letters sent by Gertrude Dunn and Gertrude Jensen #2 1952-1953
2 16 Incoming Correspondence: "Klondike Kate"
2 17 Correspondence A
2 18 Correspondence B
2 19 Correspondence C
2 20 Correspondence D-E
2 21 Correspondence F
2 22 Correspondence G
2 23 Correspondence H
2 24 Correspondence I-K
2 25 Correspondence L
2 26 Correspondence M
2 27 Correspondence N-Q
2 28 Correspondence R
2 29 Correspondence S
2 30 Correspondence T-V
2 31 Correspondence W-Z
2 32 Miscellaneous Letters and Clippings Received 1952-1953

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Series II:  Portland Women's Forum
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
2 33 By-laws Spring 1970
2 34 1962-1970
2 35 1962
2 36 Resolutions re: Gorge Progress Reports #2, and #3 1957-1958
2 37 Progress Report (Beginning of Gorge Conservation) 1955
2 38 Minutes "Save the Gorge" Committee 1951-1952
2 39 Related Conservation Projects

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Series III:  Oregon Roadside Council
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
2 40 Minutes 1965
2 41 Minutes 1960
2 42 Minutes 1965-1966
2 43 Minutes 1966-1967
2 44 Roster of Board Members and Officers 1966-1967
2 45 Minutes 1968
2 46 Minutes 1969
2 47 Minutes 1970

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Series IV:  Civil War Centennial Commission
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
2 48 Appointment and correspondence
2 49 Bulletins to Members
2 50 Newsletters
2 51 Press Releases
2 52 Reports
2 53 Miscellaneous

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Series V:  Published Items
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
2 54 "From Sea to Shining Sea: A Report on the American Environment--Our Natural Heritage" 1968
2 55 87th Congress, 1st Session. House Hearing. Subcommittee on forests of the Committee on Agriculture October 6, 1961

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Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Cordon, Guy--Correspondence
  • Jensen, Gertrude Glutsch, 1903-1986--Archives
  • Ladd, Charles--Correspondence
  • Morse, Wayne L. (Wayne Lyman), 1900-1974--Correspondence
  • Neuberger, Maurine Brown, 1907---Correspondence
  • Neuberger, Richard L. (Richard Lewis), 1912-1960--Correspondence
  • Patterson, Paul L. (Paul Linton), 1900-1956--Correspondence
  • Rockwell, Kathleen Eloisa, 1876-1957
  • Corporate Names :
  • Oregon Roadside Council
  • Oregon. Columbia River Gorge Commission
  • Portland Women's Forum (Portland, Or.)
  • United States. Civil War Centennial Commission
  • Geographical Names :
  • Columbia River Gorge (Or. and Wash.)
  • Subject Terms :
  • Conservation of natural resources--Oregon
  • Environmental law--Oregon
  • Environmental protection--Oregon
  • Environmentalists--Oregon
  • Land use--Oregon
  • Logging--Oregon
  • Wilderness areas--Law and legislation--Columbia River Gorge (Or. and Wash.)
  • Women conservationists--Oregon

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