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An exhibit titled “Publications of the People: the History and Art of Oregon Documents” is now open on the second floor of the State Library. The exhibit discusses the rise in the use of illustration and design in the 1930s and 1940s to accentuate official state publications issued by Oregon state agencies. Covers of actual state documents including Blue Books, road maps, and travel brochures will be displayed.
Oregon state law has required the State Library to collect and distribute Oregon state publications. To date there are more than 220,000 physical items in the Oregon Document collection and another 40 thousand plus online state documents which are available via the Internet from the Oregon Digital Collections.
The second floor exhibit for 2018 tells the story of recreation on Mount Hood and the planning and building of Timberline Lodge, using historic books, magazines, pamphlets and maps from the library’s Special and regular collections. The centerpiece of the exhibit is The Crafts of Timberline, a presentation album of photographs and plans of furniture and textiles hand crafted for the Lodge. A copy of the album was presented to Eleanor Roosevelt. Only 3 or 4 of these albums were made.
Timberline Lodge is the crown jewel of Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects in Oregon. When WPA funds were made available for the project in December 1935, Gilbert Stanley Underwood was selected as principal architect and Margery Hoffman Smith was selected the interior designer. Workers on the project came primarily from the WPA, but some jobs were performed by members of the Civilian Conservation Corps. The Lodge was dedicated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on September 28, 1937, was officially turned over to the Forest Service in January 1938, and opened to the public in February of that year.
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A new exhibit is on display in the second floor lobby of the Oregon State Library. "Sister Libraries: 30 years of International Friendship and Exchange" chronicles the history of the fruitful relationship between the libraries of Fujian Province in China and the libraries of Oregon.
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