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OFN Willamette Valley Folklife and Traditional Arts Survey records

Identifier: OFN 016

Scope and Contents

This collection comprises folklore fieldwork documentation created by the Oregon Folklife Network in a survey of folk and traditional arts in six Oregon counties along the Willamette Valley in 2018. Willamette Valley Folklife and Traditional Arts Survey is one of the several surveys the organization has completed since 2012. Fieldwork documentation includes color photographs and interview sound recordings, as well as media logs and artist data sheets, documenting 67 traditional artists, organizations, and events.

Folklorists Alina Mansfield, Amy Howard, and Thomas Richardson worked in Lane County, Linn County, Benton County, Polk County, Marion County, and Clackamas County from January through May 2018. Oregon Folklife Network Director Riki Saltzman and folklore students participated in selected interviews and also contributed fieldwork documentation.

The survey documented the following traditional arts (and artists) associated with regional occupations and avocations related to ranching: Quilting (Pedee Women's Club, Flo Calhoun, Phyllis Pearson); Chainsaw Carving (Kevin Strauslin, James Lukinich); Beekeeping (Jeremy Mitchell); Produce Farming, Food Preservation, Local History (Brian Hewitt); Logging (Paul Toews); Auctioneering (Jake Fallesen); Sheep Farming (Jake Fallesen, Joseph Unfred, Dwight Cummins); Woodworking ( Joe and Carolyn Huff, Kathy Huff); Midwifery (Kate Davidson); Fly Fishing and Fly Tying (Mike Marlatt, Troy Haselip); Hazelnut Farming (Garry Rodakowski); Topiary (Sarah Littell); Cobbler (Mike Milligan); Folk Drama (Joni Nelson and Carriage Me Back); Drift Boat Building (Steve Steele).

The survey also documented musical traditions and musical instrument making: Folk Music (Guthrie Park Jam); Accordion (Marlene Meissner); Musical Instrument Repair and Making (Patrick Huff, Ken Cartwright, Jonathan Franke, Dave and Sharon Thormahlens, Kent Buys); Taiko (Monmouth Taiko); Old Time Music (The Huckleberries, Joe Huff and John Meade); Fiddle (Shari Ame, Starr McMullen); Jug Band Music (Wild Hog in the Woods); Irish Music (Brad Johnson); Luthier (Jeff Manthos.)

The survey includes documentation of various dance traditions, including Scots and Irish Social Dance (Ceili of the Valley); Polynesian Dance (Tasi Keener); Mexican Dance and Culture (Casa de la Cultura Tlanese); Social Dance (Jefferson Jammers, Corvallis Contradancers); Square Dance (Albany Timber Twirlers); Norwegian Dance (Fossegrimen.)

Foodways documented in the survey include Mexican Foodways (Gustavo Miranda); Salvadoran Foodways (Juana Cortez); Hungarian Foodways (Novak's Restaurant); Mexican Foodways (Gustavo Miranda.)

The survey documented bearers of Native American traditions from Grand Ronde and Siletz tribes, including Basket Making (Connie Graves, Brian Krehbiel, Lei McCornack); Canoe Building, Root Gathering (Brian Krehbiel); Native American Beadwork and Felting (Teresa Cavender.)

Additional traditions documented include Samoan Traditions (Otila Zuschlag); Martial Arts (David Leung); Chinese Watercolor (Kathy Hoy); Tattoo and Body Art (Suzen Tattoozen); Rosemaling (Patti Jo Meshnik.)

Photographs include portraits of artists, as well as images of arts and crafts, tools and supplies, processes and techniques, and workshops and workrooms. Artist data sheets completed by fieldworkers include biographical data and descriptions of the tradition and how it was learned.


  • 2018

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Collection is open to the public.

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Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical / Historical

The Oregon Folklife Network is Oregon’s statewide folklife program and includes partners at state and local levels that document, support, and celebrate traditions arts and tradition bearers in Oregon. The Oregon Folklife Network is based at the University of Oregon and produces publications, museum exhibits, public events, folklife fieldwork, and documentary collections. Since 2012, it has been engaged in a survey of folk and traditional arts and artists in Oregon. Survey documentation is held at the University of Oregon’s Libraries and Special Collections and University Archives.

Statewide supporters are the Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Historical Society, Oregon State Library, and Oregon Heritage Commission. Community partners include Oregon Tribes, community-based cultural organizations, museums, regional cultural alliances, local arts agencies, K12 schools, universities and colleges, and public libraries. The Oregon Folklife Network succeeds the Oregon Folklife Program, which provided statewide services supporting folklife and traditional arts in Oregon from 1977 to 2009 at the Oregon Arts Commission, next at Lewis and Clark College, and then at the Oregon Historical Society.


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The Oregon Folklife Network is Oregon's folklife and traditional arts program and comprises a network of statewide culture and heritage partners that operate on state, regional, county, and community levels to document, support, preserve, and celebrate Oregon's cultural traditions. The collection comprises folklore fieldwork documentation created in a survey of folk and traditional arts in six Oregon counties along the Willamette Valley in 2018. Fieldwork documentation includes 2285 color photographs and 58 interview sound recordings, as well as media logs and artist data sheets, documenting [] traditional artists, organizations, and events.


Collection is organized into series by fieldworker and arranged chronologically by interview date. Materials for each fieldworker are organized by county and artist. Documentation for each artist is arranged by format: texts, photographs, and sound recordings. Texts include media logs for photographs and sound recordings, release forms signed by the artist, final reports, and artist data sheets.

Guide to the Oregon Folklife Network Willamette Valley Folklife and Traditional Arts Survey Records
Complete Description
Nathan Georgitis, Eleanore Kohorn
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA