Ernie Bonner Collection (2004-1919)

The Ernie Bonner Collection contains a wide variety of documents, reports, minutes, notes and other resources related to the history of urban planning and development in Portland, Oregon.

Ernie Bonner (1932 - 2004) served as chief planner in Cleveland, Ohio before he was recruited to Portland as the city’s Director of Urban Planning in 1973. He acted as Portland’s chief urban planner until 1978; in this capacity, he was instrumental in the formation of both Tom McCall Waterfront Park and Pioneer Courthouse Square.

After leaving the City Council he worked as a Metro councilor, president of Sunlight Energy Systems, and as an energy conservation manager for Bonneville Power Administration. Later he worked or volunteered with various Portland groups including: Riverfront for People, Metro 7, Portland Planning Commission, and the Park Blocks Foundation.

The Bonner Collection also is a repository for documents and historical materials collected by Bonner that are related to the Portland Public Market, Harbor Drive, Front Street and the Park Blocks.

See Related Collections held by PSU:
Ernie Bonner Papers, 1919-2003
Ernie Bonner Oral History Collection, 1994-2004

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Submissions from 2004

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Memo to Lynn Bonner from Carl Abbott, Carl Abbott

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Major Events in Portland Planning History: Pioneer Courthouse Square, Ernest Bonner

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Major Events in Portland Planning History: Pioneer Courthouse Square, Ernest Bonner

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Resume of Ernie Bonner, Ernest Bonner

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Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland (Or.). City Council

Submissions from 2003

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Draft Development Strategy, Ernest Bonner

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Ernie Bonner and his Family, Ernest Bonner

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Ernie Bonner email to Kathryn Leveque, Ernest Bonner

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Historic Resources, Ernest Bonner

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In case of earthquake or fire..., Ernest Bonner

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Memo to Neil from Ernie B., Ernest Bonner

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Proposed Development Goal, Ernest Bonner

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The Report of the Advisory Council of Experts: The Midtown Blocks Planning Study, Ernest Bonner

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Urban Pioneer Awards dinner, Ernest Bonner

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Widening Front Avenue, Ernest Bonner

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Pictures of Ernie Bonner, LeAnn Gauthier

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Card to Ernie Bonner & Photograph, Neil E. Goldschmidt

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Letter to Ernie Bonner, Vera Katz

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Urban Pioneer Awards Honor Visionaries, Portland State University. College of Urban and Public Affairs

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Letter to Ernie & Lynn Bonner, John W. Russell

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Journal Building 1947-1977, unknown

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List of Resolutions and Newspaper articles, unknown

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Notes and chronology: Public Market, unknown

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Notes: Portland Public Market, 1926-1933, unknown

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Notes: Portland Public Market, 1931-1934, unknown

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Park Blocks Documents, unknown

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Printed email from Hillary to Ernie, unknown

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Roldo: 1975 Cleveland Plan, unknown

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Schematic of Market, 1920-1926, unknown

Submissions from 2002

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From Vision to Development, Ernest Bonner

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Pioneer Square Chronology, Ernest Bonner

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Resigning from Planning Commission, Ernest Bonner

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Board of Trustees 2002-2003, City of Portland

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Neil Goldschmidt to Vera Katz, Neil Goldschmidt

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History of Urban Pioneer Awards dinner, Portland State University. College of Urban and Public Affairs

Submissions from 2001

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Portland City Council Agenda May 30, 2001, Gary Blackmer

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Ernie and the Planning Commission, Ernest Bonner

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List of Interviewees (1), Ernest Bonner

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List of interviewees (2), Ernest Bonner

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Midtown Park Blocks, Ernest Bonner

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Photograph Correspondence, Ernest Bonner

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David Bragdon for Metro Council President, David Bragdon

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History Center on Harbor Drive, Carolyn Philip

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Zoning documents, Portland (Or.). Bureau of Planning

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Midtown Blocks Planning study, Portland (Or.). Bureau of Planning and Portland (Or.). City Council

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Notes on public petition, unknown

Submissions from 2000

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Documentary Proposal (Budget), Ernest Bonner

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Mayor Katz's agenda, Ernest Bonner

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Portland downtown plan (1), Ernest Bonner

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Portland downtown plan (2), Ernest Bonner

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Staff Report: Ernie Bonner, Ernest Bonner

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West End plan, Ernest Bonner

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Email from Bud Clark to Bonner, Bud Clark

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Report on the Portland downtown plan (final), Lord/Leblanc, Associated Economic Consultants

Submissions from 1999

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Documentary Proposal, Ernest Bonner

Submissions from 1998

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Letter to Mayor Vera Katz, Ernest Bonner

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Post-Primary Report to Supporters of the David Bragdon for Metro Campaign, David Bragdon

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Letter from Jim Francesconi to Ernie, Jim Francesconi

Submissions from 1997

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Ernie Bonner Family, Ernest Bonner

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Ernie Bonner's planning journal, Ernest Bonner

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Letter to Janice from Ernie, Ernest Bonner

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E-mail from Landau to Bonner, Earl Landau

Submissions from 1996

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Remarks from Ernie Bonner, Ernest Bonner

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Statement by Ernie Bonner, Ernest Bonner

Submissions from 1995

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Cable commission nomination, Tanya Collier

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Letter to Ernie Bonner on his retirement from BPA, Randall W. Hardy

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E-mail story on how Ernie Bonner won I-5 vote, unknown

Submissions from 1994

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Letter from Ernie to Neil, Ernest Bonner

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Letter from Neil Goldschmidt to Ernie Bonner, Neil E. Goldschmidt

Submissions from 1993

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Bonneville Power Administration and Conservation, Ernest Bonner

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Memo to Ernis and Carly Houk from Ernie Bonner, Ernest Bonner

Submissions from 1992

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Bud Clark leaving office, Bud Clark

Submissions from 1990

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Description and sketches, Pioneer Courthouse Square Design Committee

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City Plan Committee, unknown

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Planning Bureau Resources, unknown

Submissions from 1988

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Outline of City Club remarks, Ernest Bonner

Submissions from 1987

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Ernie Bonner's testimony before City Council on I-5, Ernest Bonner

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Vertical integration at BPA, Ernest Bonner

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Ernie Bonner and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Jerome L. Kaufman

Submissions from 1986

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Central City Plan Newsletter, Portland (Or.). Bureau of Planning

Submissions from 1985

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Brick certificate, Mike Lindberg

Submissions from 1984

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Teamwork for Transition, Ernest Bonner

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Central City Plan Panel, Margaret Strachan

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Letter from Margaret Strachan, Margaret Strachan

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Pre-Planning Committee Meeting, Margaret Strachan

Submissions from 1983

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Letter to John T. Bagg from Kathryn Beaumont, Kathryn Beaumont

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Council/executive Officer Workshop-Ernie Bonner, Ernest Bonner

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Dream Comes True in Holiday Opening of Pioneer Square, Melvin Mark Jr.

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Pioneer Courthouse Square: drawings, etc., Willard Kenneth Martin

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Letter remembering Ernie's life, Donald F. Mazziotti

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Letter remembering Ernie, Doug Neil

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Ordinance No. 155107, Portland (Or.). City Council

Submissions from 1982

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Ernie Bonner for Metro campaign flyer, Committee to Re-elect Ernie Bonner

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State of Oregon Certificate of Election - 1982, Norma Paulus

Submissions from 1981

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Project design and construction documents, Portland (Or.). City Council

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Portland Development Commission on Status of Pioneer Square., Portland (Or.). Development Commission

Submissions from 1980

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Invitation to party, Ernest Bonner

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References and video script, Ernest Bonner and Gregg Kantor

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Sketches of lawn signs for Ernie Bonner for Metro, Maureen Bressler

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Letter from Frank Frost to Portland City Council, Frank Frost