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Gretchen Kafoury Papers


Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Detailed Description

General Politics

Women's Rights

Equal Rights Alliance (ERA)

Campaigns and Elections





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Collection Overview

Title: Gretchen Kafoury Papers, 1968-1998Add to your cart.

ID: SC/2006.1

Primary Creator: Kafoury, Gretchen M. (1942-)

Extent: 13.0 Linear Feet


The arrangement of the collection reflects Kafoury’s original order, which varies between chronological and topical; loose material has been organized topically.

The series for this collection are General Politics (2 boxes), Women’s Rights (3 boxes) , Equal Rights Alliance (1 box) ,

Campaigns and Elections (1 box), Legislature (2 boxes), Press (1 box), Special (1 box), Oversized (1 box).

Date Acquired: 08/03/2006

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Topically, the Gretchen Kafoury Papers Collection is comprised largely of material from her time at the National Organization for Women (NOW), the Equal Rights Association (ERA) and the Oregon Women’s Political Caucus (OWPC). There is also material pertaining to campaigns and elections, including political ephemera from the 1968 and 1972 presidential campaigns, Betty Roberts' 1974 U.S. Senate race, and materials relating to the Oregon State Legislature from 1970-1981.

The printed matter of this collection includes artwork, canvassing materials, correspondence, handwritten notes, invitations, legislative bills, lobbyist forms, maps, meeting notices, newsletters, newspaper articles, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, postcards, programs, reference materials, and reports.

Biographical Note

Gretchen Kafoury was born in Walla Walla, WA. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Whitman College in 1963.

Post graduation she served in the Peace Corps from 1964 to 1966 in Iran. On returning to Portland in 1966 she began teaching English as a Second Language courses at Grant High School and then at Portland State University until 1971.

Throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s she volunteered for numerous political activities; including: Robert Kennedy's presidential campaign, Wayne Morse's 1968 Senate, and Betty Roberts’ 1974 gubernatorial campaign. She was a founding member of Oregon NOW in 1970 as well as the Oregon Women's Political Caucus in 1971.

Kafoury political career began with her election to the Oregon State House of Representatives from 1977 to 1982. From 1985 to 1990 she sat on the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners, and was then elected City Commissioner for Portland in 1991 and served there until 1998.

From 1999 until her retirement in 2008, Kafoury taught at Portland State University's Hatfield School of Government.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: General Politics],
[Series 2: Women's Rights],
[Series 3: Equal Rights Alliance (ERA)],
[Series 4: Campaigns and Elections],
[Series 5: Legislature],
[Series 6: Press],
[Series 7: Special],
[Series 8: Oversized],

Series 6: PressAdd to your cart.
Box 10Add to your cart.
Folder 1: AnalysisAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: ACLU NewsAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: The American LegislatorAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: The Changing WomenAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Child Care CommunityAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: The Community PressAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Gresham OutlookAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: The National ObserverAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Oregon JournalAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Oregon Labor PressAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: The Oregon StatesmenAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Oregon TimesAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: OregonianAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: OregonianAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: The OSEA NewsAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Ospirg ImpactAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Peace and FreedomAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Portland ObserverAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: ProgressAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Quaker Service BulletinAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: The Southern PatriotAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Sun ShineAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: SpokeswomanAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: Unknown ClippingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: VanguardAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: Willamette WeekAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: Women’s PressAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: Women’s Rights Law ReporterAdd to your cart.
Folder 29: Women TodayAdd to your cart.
Folder 30: Miscellaneous  PressAdd to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: General Politics],
[Series 2: Women's Rights],
[Series 3: Equal Rights Alliance (ERA)],
[Series 4: Campaigns and Elections],
[Series 5: Legislature],
[Series 6: Press],
[Series 7: Special],
[Series 8: Oversized],

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