Oral Histories

The USDCHS Oral History Program

Since 1988, the District Court Historical Society’s Oral History Program has collected biographical interviews of judges, lawyers, and lay persons who have played a significant role in Oregon legal history. At present, the Oral History collection includes more than 170 individual interviews and eight law firm histories. Oral histories have been collected by professional interviewers and trained volunteers. These oral histories are preserved by the Oregon Historical Society and are available to USDCHS members, the public, and researchers.

All of the USDCHS interviews are preserved as original recordings and transcribed interviews. Both formats can be accessed at the Oregon Historical Society Davies Family Research Library.  Early audio recordings were captured on magnetic cassette tape, but since 2006 all interviews have been recorded digitally and include video recorded sessions in addition to the audio format.

The U.S. District Court Historical Society, with substantial support from the Attorney Admissions Fund, adds to the Oral History Collection annually. If you have a suggestion of someone who should be considered for an interview or if you would be interested in participating in a volunteer training workshop please contact us.

To learn more about the Oral History Project, contact Oral History Committee Chair Joseph Carlisle, or Oral History Liaison Janice Dilg, and visit Our Collection.

Please visit our current online Oral Histories:

Donald Ashmanskas

Frank A. Bauman

Robert Belloni

Stephen Bloom

John P. Cooney

Ancer L. Haggerty

Henry Hess

Susan P. Graber

John Jelderks

George E. Juba

Robert E. Jones

Randall Kester

Garr M. King

Edward Leavy

Sidney I. Lezak

David Looney

Malcolm Marsh

Noreen McGraw

Owen Panner

James A. Redden

Betty Roberts

Norman Sepenuk

Steven T. Wax