Portland State University Library’s Special Collections is pleased to announce the award of an Oregon Library Services and Technology (LSTA) implementation grant for $68,344 to support the cooperative Governor’s Papers Project. A consortial endeavor led by Western Oregon University, the project will focus on processing, preserving and promoting access to three significant Oregon gubernatorial collections, the Barbara Roberts Papers at Portland State University, the Victor Atiyeh Papers at Pacific University, and the Robert Straub Papers at Western Oregon, with guidance from the university archivist at Willamette University’s Mark O. Hatfield Library.
The Barbara Roberts Papers are part of the Oregon Political Leadership archives, a shared project of Portland State’s Center for Women, Politics, and Policy, University Library, Department of History, and the Black Studies Department. Housed in the University Library’s Special Collections, the papers are a comprehensive documentation of Roberts’ groundbreaking political career, including her role as the first woman in Oregon to hold the positions of House Majority Leader, Secretary of State, and, from 1991 to 1995, the Governor. Included in the papers are Roberts’ hand-written manuscripts for her autobiography Up the Capitol Steps: A Woman's March to the Governorship, published by the Oregon State University Press this October.