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Marian Milligan papers

Identifier: Coll 370

Scope and Contents

Box 1: Consists of documents from NOW and OWPC, information regarding abortion, women related publications, other women organizations, conferences, and reports.

Box 2: Consists of mostly newspaper publications, ephemera from elections, documents from the Governors Commission for Women, information on child care, battered women, domestic violence, WomanSource and displaced homemakers.

Box 3: Consists of information regarding child abuse, letters, list of Salem Clubs and Organizations, meeting notes, Republication Convention, and the Democratic Party of Oregon.

Box 4: Consists of documents from the League of Women Voters, House of Representatives, OWPC Legislative Directory, information regarding social security, miscellaneous women related publications, and the National Commission on the Observance of International Women’s Year.

Box 5: A Scrapbook that includes clippings of a June 1977 Oregon Women’s Conference. The clippings consist of documents regarding the conference and newspaper clippings.


  • 1974-1983


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Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and 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 and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Marian Milligan has lived most of her life in Salem, Oregon. From there, she was able to be a political volunteer, have a position of Chair for OWPC Legislative Task Force, and be involved in the Women’s Crisis Service, INC., Salem-OWPC, National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL), NOW, Oregon Council for Women’s Equity, and the Oregon’s Women Conference.

Marian Milligan is also very much involved in the Governor’s Commission for Women. In this organization, she started as a commission member then became a part of the Executive Committee as the commissioner-Vice Chairman. Under this organization, she was able to work on projects such as;\ child sexual abuse, rape prevention, and leadership development for women. Her other involvement work includes working with and supporting the issues of abortion, social security, domestic and sexual violence in Salem, child care, displaced homemakers, state legislations regarding women, and the Equal Rights Amendment. For her hard work and dedication, Marian Milligan was nominated as one of the Delegates to Houston.

Milligan served as the founding president of the Greater Oregon chapter of the Society of Government Meeting PRofessionals (SGMP). The work to create the chapter began in 1987 when Milligan joined the Seattle Chapter (now Pacific Northwest chapter) and saw the value of having a forum to meet and connect with other government meeting planners and suppliers. After attending the 1988 SGMP National Education Conference in Chicago and the Seattle/Pacific Northwest chapter's winter conference in 1989, Marian was inspired to start an Oregon chapter. Over the next several months, Marian led the formation of the chapter, with the assistance of Ernie Oakes and a steering committee comprised of planners, suppliers and National Board Member Gary Francis. The first formation meeting was held in May 1989 at the Westin Benson Hotel in Portland with over 50 people in attendance; the chapter was formally organized, with Milligan elected the first president, on November 20, 1989. Since 1989, GOSGMP membership has steadily increased and now has 96 members as of July, 2011.


7.5 linear feet (5 containers) : 4 record storage boxes and 1 flat box

Language of Materials



Marian Milligan, of Salem, Oregon, is a women's activist and political volunteer. She has been involved with a number of organizations, including the OWPC Legislative Task Force, Women’s Crisis Service, INC., Salem-OWPC, National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL), NOW, Oregon Council for Women’s Equity, and the Oregon’s Women Conference.


Collection is organized alphabetically.

Related Materials

This collection is part of the Oregon Women's Political History Collection, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries.

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Collection processed by Jennifer Nguyen

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1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA