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Senator Avel L. Gordly Papers

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Abstract

Scope and Contents

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

General Files

Mental Health; Family Abduction; Preparedness/Disaster; Africa

Legislative Processes

General Information, Clustered Files, and Original Order Materials

Speeches, Testimony, Remarks, Articles, and Personal Notes

Personal Notes

Correspondence - Orgaized Files

Correspondence - Clustered Files

Committee Work and Materials, including Tax reform (Salem, mostly Senate)

Election Campaign Materials

Binders

Date Books

Books

CDs, DVDs, etc.

Newspaper clippings

Photographs

Poster Collection

Education, Portland State University, 1971-1974

Employment and Community Work, 1976-1991



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By Patricia A. Schechter (1st accession); Heather Burmeister (2nd Accession)

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Collection Overview

Title: Senator Avel L. Gordly Papers, 1981-2008Add to your cart.

ID: SC/2005.2

Primary Creator: Gordly, Avel L. (1947-)

Extent: 50.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement: The Avel L. Gordly papers were arranged and described by Dr. Patricia A. Schechter of the Portland State University Department of History.

Date Acquired: 03/02/2005

Languages: English

Abstract

The Senator Avel L. Gordly Papers document Gordly's political career in the Oregon legislature and her ongoing activism and advocacy on issues impacting the African American community, both in Portland and beyond.  She was the first African American woman elected to the Oregon Senate in the history of the state. This collection  includes documents, publications, and  photographs reflecting Gordly's public and political life, including her education, her ongoing community activism and advocacy and her periods in elected office. It also includes digital audio recordings and transcripts of interviews completed by Patricia A. Schechter, associate professor of history at Portland State, in 2009.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Gordly collection includes documents, publications, and  photographs reflecting Gordly's public and political life, including her education, her ongoing community activism and advocacy and her periods in elected office.  It also includes digital audio recordings and transcripts of interviews completed by Patricia A. Schechter, associate professor of history at Portland State, in 2009.

Collection Historical Note

The Avel L. Gordly Papers documents Gordly's political career in the Oregon legislature. She was the first African-American woman elected to the Oregon Senate in the history of the state.

See also:  Remembering the power of words : the life of an Oregon activist, legislator, and community leader (2011) by Avel L. Gordly and Patricia Schechter.

Key career dates:

1966 - 1970          Records Clerk, Management Trainee

                                Pacific Northwest Bell

1970-1974            Student

                                Portland State University

                                Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice

                                Honor Roll, Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Recipient

1971                      Participant

                                Operation Crossroads Africa

                                Traveled through seven West African countries with six weeks of community work in a

                                Nigerian village.

1972                      Intern

                                Police Foundation, Washington, D.C

                        Intern/Research Assistant

                                Portland Police Bureau

                  

1974 – 1978        Counselor, Acting Manager

                                Portland Women’s Work Release Center

                                Adult Parole and Probation Officer

                                State of Oregon, Corrections Division

                                Rape Victim Advocate

                                Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office

1979 – 1983        Director, Northeast Youth Service Center (NEYSC);

                                Director of Youth Services;

                                Case Management Supervisor, NEYSC and Senior Adult Service Center

                                Urban League of Portland

1979 – 1987        Black United Front

                                Coordinator Saturday School, Vice Chair International Affairs

1980 - ?                POSAF, Portlanders Organized for Southern African Freedom

1980 – 1989?      Desegregation Monitoring Advisory Committee (DMAC)

                                Vice-Chair and Chair Curriculum Committee (1985)

                                Portland Public Schools

1980 – 1981        North-Northeast Police Precinct Advisory Council, 1980-81

1981 – 1983        Juvenile Court Advisory Council

1983                      Co-founder

                                Black Women’s Gathering

1983 – 1990        Director, Southern Africa Program

                                American Friends Service Committee, Pacific Northwest Region

1984                      Participant

                                Southern Africa Activists Education Tour of Iowa

                                This was a tour of Iowa organized by American Friends Service Committee to put the U.S.

                                Policy toward Southern Africa at the forefront of the 1984 Iowa Caucuses.

1984                      City-County Public Safety Policy Commission

1985 – 1988        Originator, producer, and host of “Black Women’s Forum”

                                Monthly live call-in cable television program

                                Co-Producer and rotating host of “Northeast Spectrum”

                                A public affairs program for Rogers Cablesystems, Black Community Television (BCTV)

1985                      Advanced Organizer Training

                                Center for Third World Organizing, San Francisco, CA

1985                      Participant

                                American Friends Service Committee Southern Africa Study Tour of Zimbabwe,

                                Mozambique, Botswana, Lesotha, Transkei, and South Africa

1985 – 1987?      Steering Committee

                                Black Leadership Conference

1985                      Participant

                                National Black Organizers Conference, Atlanta, GA

1985 - 1987          Board of Directors/Grantmaking Committee

                                McKenzie River Gathering Foundation

1986 - 1987          Board of Directors, Secretary and Program and Planning Committee Chair

                                Urban League of Portland

1987-                    Associate Executive Secretary (Director)

                                American Friends Service Committee, Pacific Northwest Region

1987                      Rainbow Coalition Sponsoring Committee

1988                      Participant/Fellowship

                                American Leadership Forum

1990 – 1991        Board of Directors

                                House of Umoja

1991                      Appointed to the Oregon House of Representatives, replacing Ron Cease.

1992 – 1996        Elected to Oregon State House of Representatives

1996 - 2009          Oregon State Senator

                                First Black woman elected to this office.

1997                      Led a trade delegation to South Africa and Zambia

2008                      Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU) opened the Avel Gordly Center for

                                Healing, which is a “multicultural, mental health center responsive to the needs of

                                the diverse communities of Oregon.”

2009 – 2012?      Associate Professor

                                Black Studies

                                Portland State University

Administrative Information

Repository: Finding Aids: Special Collections & University Archives

Acquisition Source: Avel L. Gorldy


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: General Files, 1990-2008],
[Series 2: Mental Health; Family Abduction; Preparedness/Disaster; Africa, 1990-2007],
[Series 3: Legislative Processes, 1993-2008],
[Series 4: General Information, Clustered Files, and Original Order Materials, circa 1970s-2008],
[Series 5: Speeches, Testimony, Remarks, Articles, and Personal Notes],
[Series 6: Personal Notes],
[Series 7: Correspondence - Orgaized Files],
[Series 8: Correspondence - Clustered Files],
[Series 9: Committee Work and Materials, including Tax reform (Salem, mostly Senate)],
[Series 10: Election Campaign Materials, 1990-2007],
[Series 11: Binders],
[Series 12: Date Books],
[Series 13: Books],
[Series 14: CDs, DVDs, etc., 1981-2005],
[Series 15: Newspaper clippings],
[Series 16: Photographs],
[Series 17: Poster Collection],
[Series A: Education, Portland State University, 1971-1974],
[Series B: Employment and Community Work, 1976-1991],
[All]

Series 1: General Files, 1990-2008Add to your cart.
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Series 2: Mental Health; Family Abduction; Preparedness/Disaster; Africa, 1990-2007Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Mental Health, 1990-2007Add to your cart.
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Sub-Series 2: Family AbductionAdd to your cart.
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Sub-Series 3: Emergency and Disaster Preparedness, 2002-2006Add to your cart.
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Sub-Series 4: Africa, 1994-2004Add to your cart.
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Series 3: Legislative Processes, 1993-2008Add to your cart.
Box 5: 1999-2007Add to your cart.
Box 6: 1999-2007Add to your cart.
Box 7: 1993-2008Add to your cart.
Series 4: General Information, Clustered Files, and Original Order Materials, circa 1970s-2008Add to your cart.
Box 8: 1994-2007Add to your cart.
Box 9: circa 1970s-2005Add to your cart.
Box 10: 1992-2007Add to your cart.
Box 11: 1992-2005Add to your cart.
Box 12: 1993-2008Add to your cart.
Box 13: 1997-2003Add to your cart.
Box 14: 1991-2007Add to your cart.
Box 15: 1991-2007Add to your cart.
Series 5: Speeches, Testimony, Remarks, Articles, and Personal NotesAdd to your cart.
Box 16: 1991-2007Add to your cart.
Box 17: 1991-2007Add to your cart.
Series 6: Personal NotesAdd to your cart.
Nine folders (unorganized)
Box 17Add to your cart.
Series 7: Correspondence - Orgaized FilesAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Community OrganizationsAdd to your cart.
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Sub-Series 2: IndividualsAdd to your cart.
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Sub-Series 3: Avel Gordly Official CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Box 22Add to your cart.
Series 8: Correspondence - Clustered FilesAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Electeds to Avel GordlyAdd to your cart.
Mostly state level
Box 23Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: City of Portland to Avel GordlyAdd to your cart.
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Sub-Series 3: Multnomah County to Avel GordlyAdd to your cart.
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Sub-Series 4: State of Oregon to Avel GordlyAdd to your cart.
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Series 9: Committee Work and Materials, including Tax reform (Salem, mostly Senate)Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: CommitteesAdd to your cart.
Box 25: 1994-2007Add to your cart.
Box 26: 1997-2007Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Floor ActionsAdd to your cart.

Fiscal impact statements, bill readings, roll call, minority/majority reports, motions/transcripts (by Avel Gordly). for governor vetoes see correspondence files, "electeds to Avel Gorldly"

Five folders

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Sub-Series 3: ProtocolsAdd to your cart.
How-to's for floor processes and procedures
Box 26Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 4: Tax Reform, 2002-2004Add to your cart.
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Series 10: Election Campaign Materials, 1990-2007Add to your cart.
Eighteen folders. Clustered only
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Series 11: BindersAdd to your cart.
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Series 12: Date BooksAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Business cardsAdd to your cart.
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Sub-Series 2: Address booksAdd to your cart.
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Sub-Series 3: Small note booksAdd to your cart.
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Sub-Series 4: "State of Oregon" date books, 1996-1999Add to your cart.
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Sub-Series 5: "Pocket Day Timers", 1990-1991Add to your cart.
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Sub-Series 6: Desk Day-Timer Wire Bound, 1994-1997Add to your cart.
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Sub-Series 7: Miscellaneous, 1999-2005Add to your cart.
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Sub-Series 8: Month at a Glance, 1993-2000Add to your cart.
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Sub-Series 9: Phone message books, 2004-2006Add to your cart.
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Series 13: BooksAdd to your cart.
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Series 14: CDs, DVDs, etc., 1981-2005Add to your cart.
Includes a significant quantity of VHS and audio cassettes.
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Series 15: Newspaper clippingsAdd to your cart.
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Series 16: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Portraits, Avel GordlyAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Bill signing with KitzhaberAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: Hearings at capitolAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 4: High School Gym (Jefferson?)Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 5: Swearing in (?)Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 6: Taylor, Nettie, & GrandsonAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 7: Bill signing with KulongowskiAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 8: Pope (?)Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 9: Avel Gordly and young people in her officeAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 10: Group shot (preparedness?)Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 11: Unidentified man and childAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 12: Avel Gordly carouselAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 13: Mark Hatfield with unidentified gentleman and childAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 14: Oregon Civil Rights Law Commemoration photos, 2003Add to your cart.
copies
Sub-Series 15: Avel Gordly swearing in, circa 1997Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 16: Avel Gordly helicopter, circa 2005Add to your cart.
Series 17: Poster CollectionAdd to your cart.
Please see Special Collections for Avel's notes.
Folder 1: International PostersAdd to your cart.

“The Struggle for Peace and Freedom Continues” 1985

“Haiti Vive la difference!”

“Now you have touched the women you have struck a rock; you have dislodge a boulder; you will be crushed” 9 August South African Women’s Day (Medu Art Ensemble)

“South African Women’s Day August 9 1956-1978” poster by Juan Feuntes, 1978

“South African Women’s Day: You have struck a rock” Design by Charlotte Lewis/American Friends Service Committee

“Soweto Crimes against Humanity” January 1978. Original Poster by Birgit Walker, produced by The American Committee on Africa in Cooperation with the United Nations Centre against Apartheid.

“Changing Africa” 1993 Africa News Service

“The Freedom Charter” produced by International Defense and Aid Fund for Southern Africa

“25th Anniversary The Pan-Africanist Congress of Azania”

“Bantuism is Black People”

“Ghana High Fashion Madonna” 1983

Folder 2: National PostersAdd to your cart.

“Malcolm X” November 18

“Black United Front preparing black youth to continue the struggle” 9th National Convention, Missouri, 1988.

“Communicate - And we have made you natives and tribes and peoples and tongues that you may come to know one another with respect”

Dateline Africa: A fresh voice, a lovely sound, a new way of seeing the world” Radio for the out of the ordinary in all of us, Africa news service Durham, NC

“Sweet Honey in the Rock” Rights and Rhythms – a journey in song, 1992, Spelman College. Poster Design: Logan Kearse

“Modern Enterprises Present from South Africa: BOPHA!” 1988, Langston Hughes Cultural Arts Center

“The National Black United Front 8th Annual National Convention: Building Black Unity- Where do you stand?” Howard University, Washington DC 1987.

“The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales” copyright 1985 Leo and Diane Dillon (KNOPF)

“Great Queens of Africa”  Yaa Asantewa.  Anheuser-Busch.

“Great Kings of Africa” Affonso I. No.1 in series, Anheuser-Busch.

“Great Kings of Africa”  Askia Muhammad Toure. No.2 in series, Anheuser-Busch.

“Great Kings of Africa”  Mansa Kankah Mussa. No.3 in series, Anheuser-Busch.

“Great Kings of Africa”  Shaka. No.4 in series, Anheuser-Busch.

“Great Kings of Africa”  Menelek II. No.5 in series, Anheuser-Busch.

“Great Kings of Africa”  Hannibal. No.6 in series, Anheuser-Busch.

“Great Kings of Africa”  Akhenaton. No.7 in series, Anheuser-Busch.

“Great Kings of Africa”  Taharqa. No.8 in series, Anheuser-Busch.

“Art against Apartheid” 1984-1985.

“Lift every voice and Sing” James Weldon Johnson, Miller Lite Poster

"Southern Africa Summer – A project of the American Friends Service Committee" Pennsylvania.

Folder 3: RegionalAdd to your cart.

“UNITY/NBUF” National Black United Front 4th Convention July 21-24, 1983, Portland Oregon

“Sweet Honey in the Rock” Seattle-Moore Theatre; Portland-Starry Night, Poster design by Kate Thompson

“The Spirit of the Ancestors are with you: The African Holocaust, 1994.”

“Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard: An Idea whose time has come” Portland Oregon, 1988.

“Portland Black Repertory Theatre presents For Colored Girls who have considered Suicide when the Rainbow is Enuf” – Cabell Center for the Performing Arts and sponsored by National Council of Negro Women

“Forward Together Backward Never!” Black Political Convention – Black United Front, 1981 at Jefferson High School

“We still have a dream: Jobs, Peace, Freedom” Join the March on Salem – August 27, 1983

"The only thing Reagan fears is your vote”  Rally to end Reaganism – Pioneer Courthouse Square, Oct 20, 1984, Sponsored by the Oregon Rainbow Organizing Committee.

“Rainbow Rally to end Reaganism” Pioneer Square, October 20, 1984

“Protect our most precious resource – Fight Apartheid!” copyright Connie Harold 1977.

“Black Awareness Celebration, 1985” presented by ASUW/Black Student Commission, sponsored by BSU/ASUW The Commission of International Students

“Visions for Black Children: A commitment for Change” 1985, Lemieux Library, Seattle.

“Voices from the Blackness Deep” Sojourner Truth Theatre, King Elementary School

“Avel Gordly” (Japanese script)

“If you like yourself, you will have good company 24 hours a day” by Frank Perez 11/3/81

Folder 4: OversizeAdd to your cart.

“Democratic State Representative District 19 Avel Gordly”

“The World is in District 19”

Series A: Education, Portland State University, 1971-1974Add to your cart.
Box 1: (2nd accession)Add to your cart.
Operations Crossroads Africa; PSU-Police Summer Intern; PSU Notes and Papers
Series B: Employment and Community Work, 1976-1991Add to your cart.
Box 2: (2nd accession)Add to your cart.

·        Personal papers 1976 – 1986 (31 folders)

Includes correspondence, wedding cards and registry, publications, and awards.

·        BCTV (Black Community Television), 1980s (6 folders)

·        Newspaper Clippings (7 folders)

Box 3: (2nd accession)Add to your cart.

·        Black United Front (BUF) (17 folders)

·        Black United Front - Saturday School (13 folders)

·        Black United Front – Mackenzie River Gathering Foundation (MRG) (2 folders)

·        Portland Public Schools (PPS) (1 folder)

·        Portland Public Schools – Desegregation Monitoring Advisory Committee (DMAC) (5 folders)

·        Portland Public Schools – Gangs (2 folders)

·        House of Umoja (2 folders)

·        Portland Public Schools – blue binder “African American Baseline Essays” (Spring 1987)

Box 4: (2nd accession)Add to your cart.

·        Black Women’s Gathering (9 folders)

·        Issues and Committees (17 folders)

*Because Avel Gordly was active in a wide range of community activities throughout her life, there are papers within the collection that were originally grouped together that do not fit with any other specific organization. Sometimes these were committees on which she served, sometimes events that she organized and/or attended, and sometimes the papers were related to a singular issue that she was researching. In any case, these 17 folders break from the rest of the organizational structure of this collection, but fit appropriately within this series, as part of her leadership evolution.

·        American Leadership Forum (ALF) (9 folders)

·        Black Leadership Conference (4 folders)

·        Unity Breakfast (2 folders)

·        Accomplishments (1 folder)

*Folders such as this one are found throughout the collection. Sometimes they are labeled “accomplishments” or “Personnel File.” Each folder is different in its content. Sometimes the contents relates to a specific organization or period of time or job application, but each contains various drafts of resumes, newspaper clippings, letters, and awards.

Box 5: (2nd accession)Add to your cart.
Urban League of Portland
Box 6: (2nd accession)Add to your cart.

·    American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)

·    AFSC -  South Africa


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: General Files, 1990-2008],
[Series 2: Mental Health; Family Abduction; Preparedness/Disaster; Africa, 1990-2007],
[Series 3: Legislative Processes, 1993-2008],
[Series 4: General Information, Clustered Files, and Original Order Materials, circa 1970s-2008],
[Series 5: Speeches, Testimony, Remarks, Articles, and Personal Notes],
[Series 6: Personal Notes],
[Series 7: Correspondence - Orgaized Files],
[Series 8: Correspondence - Clustered Files],
[Series 9: Committee Work and Materials, including Tax reform (Salem, mostly Senate)],
[Series 10: Election Campaign Materials, 1990-2007],
[Series 11: Binders],
[Series 12: Date Books],
[Series 13: Books],
[Series 14: CDs, DVDs, etc., 1981-2005],
[Series 15: Newspaper clippings],
[Series 16: Photographs],
[Series 17: Poster Collection],
[Series A: Education, Portland State University, 1971-1974],
[Series B: Employment and Community Work, 1976-1991],
[All]


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