Orval Etter papers
Scope and Contents
Series I is on the Fellowship of Reconciliation including several articles, some by Etter, annual reports, newspaper clippings, letters to the editor, and newsletters. This series is arranged into subject files.
Series II, Pacifica Forum, is primarily information on research subjects and is arranged into subject files. The information is primarily in the format of web articles sent in emails and subjects include WWII, Judaism and Anti-Semitism, Global Politics, Lane County and more. There are also newspaper clippings, correspondence, forum meeting information, and articles written by Etter.
Series III consists of documents on trucking and public transportation.
Series IV: Emerald Chamber Players Papers is organized by subject. The material covers schedules, correspondence, financial documents, photos of Etter and information on concerts.
Series V contains Subject Files covers a wide variety of research and subjects organized alphabetically by subject. Some subjects covered are the California Borough Proposals, Health, papers written by Etter on government structure, pacifism, and taxes. There is also some information on Home Rule, but more can be found in Series VI.
Series VI is devoted to Home Rule Research and Work. For the most part it is organized by county; counties include Linn, Lane, Washington, Multnomah, Yamhill and more. There are also articles pertaining to Home Rule, newspaper clippings and information on County Charter Commission, Central Lane Metropolitan Commission and the Willamette River Greenway System. More information on Home Rule can be found in Series V.
- Etter, Orval (Person)
- Emerald Chamber Players (Eugene, Or.) (Organization)
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Biographical / Historical
Orval Etter is a former professor at the University of Oregon who founded the Pacifica Forum in 1994. He was a professor of planning, public policy and management, a pacifist who was a conscientious objector during World War II. The Pacifica Forum is a controversial discussion group in Eugene, Oregon whose purpose is to provide information and perspective on issues of war and peace. It has been listed as a white nationalist hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Etter also founded both the Emerald Chamber Players and the Eugene Symphony Orchestra. Etter was also an active member in the Fellowship of Reconciliation; he was a regional secretary for the Fellowship of Reconciliation from 1946 to 1957.
13.25 linear feet (27 containers) : 26 manuscript boxes, 1 legal half manuscript box
3 Unprocessed linear feet (2 containers) : 2 record storage boxes
Language of Materials
Orval Etter is a former professor at the University of Oregon who founded the Pacifica Forum in 1994. He was a professor of planning, public policy and management. He was also a pacifist and a conscientious objector during World War II. The collection includes information on the Pacifica Forum and the Emerald Chamber Players including articles, newsletters, writings by Etter, material on the Fellowship of Reconciliation, and subject files.
Collection is organized into the following series: Fellowship of Reconciliation, Pacifica Forum, Big Trucks and Public Transportation, Emerald Chamber Players records, Subject Files, Home Rule Research and Work.
Collection processed by Amanda Steele, 2011.
This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
- Clippings Subject Source: TGM II, Genre and physical characteristic terms
- Correspondence Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Etter, Orval
- Eugene (Or.) -- Social life and customs Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Fellowship of Reconciliation (U.S.)
- Home Rule Subject Source: Local sources
- Manuscripts (documents) Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Musicians -- Oregon -- Eugene Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Newsletters Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Pacifica Forum (Eugene, Or.)
- Pacifists -- Oregon Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Pacifists -- United States Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Politics and Politicians Subject Source: Archiveswest
- Politics and culture -- Oregon Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Transportation -- Oregon Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- University of Oregon
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Conscientious objectors -- United States Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Guide to the Orval Etter Papers
- Complete Description
- Amanda Steele
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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