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 1980

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Letter to Portland City Council, Frank Frost

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Downtown Design Guidelines, Michael Harrison

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Press release from Metropolitan Service District, Metro (Or.)

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State of Oregon Certificate of Election - 1980, Norma Paulus

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Design Committee Minutes July 22, 1980, Pioneer Courthouse Square Design Committee

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Design Competition, Pioneer Courthouse Square Design Committee

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Jury of Award: Design Competition, Pioneer Courthouse Square Design Committee

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Exhibits related to Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland (Or.). City Council

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Jury of Award - 1, Portland (Or.). City Council

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Status report on Pioneer Square, Portland (Or.). City Council

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Notification of action of the Portland City Planning Commission, Portland (Or.). City Planning Commission

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Jury of Award - 2, Portland (Or.). Development Commission

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Letter from Michele Russo to Donald J. Stastny, Michele Russo

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Letter to members of the City Council, Joan H. Smith

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Planners and Managers: separate parts in common cause, unknown

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Note about Ernie Bonner, John Wight

Submissions from 1979

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J. David Hunt to Doug Wright, David J. Hunt

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Block 179, City of Portland, Portland (Or.). City Council

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Ordinance No. 147719, Portland (Or.). City Council

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Report of project status for public review, Donald J. Stastny

Submissions from 1978

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Last Will and Testament of Ernie Bonner on leaving planning job, Ernest Bonner

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Letter to members of planning commission, Ernest Bonner

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Press announcement from Mayor's office on Ernie Bonner's resignation, Dan Churchill

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City Planner - City, Portland (Or.). Bureau of Planning

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City Planner - District, Portland (Or.). Bureau of Planning

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Energy savings plan certificate of accomplishment, United States. Bonneville Power Administration

Submissions from 1977

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Letter to Marcie Window, Ernest Bonner

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Memo to Laila Cully, Donald F. Mazziotti

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The City Planner Handbook, Portland (Or.). Bureau of Planning

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City Council meeting minutes on Pioner Square Park, Portland (Or.). City Council

Submissions from 1976

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Portland: the problems and promise of growth, Ernest Bonner

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Proposed planning process for PDX, Ernest Bonner

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Memo on planning conflict, Doug Neil

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Letter acknowledging application to San Francisco Planning Dept., Lynn E. Pio

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Memo on Bureau of Planning, Betsy Scrivener

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Memo on Office of Planning and Development, Betsy Scrivener

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Cleveland's Bicentennial Celebration, unknown

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Neighborhood plans, Dennis Wilde

Submissions from 1975

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Future of Portland, Ernest Bonner

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Notes about planning dept. staff, Ernest Bonner

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Cleveland policy planning report, Cleveland (Ohio). City Planning Commission

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Cleveland Policy Planning Report, Volume 1, unknown

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Department of Transportation timeline, unknown

Submissions from 1974

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Harbor Drive - Before and After Traffic Study, Berkendorf and Associates

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CRAG and land use, Ernest Bonner

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Interview questions for Program Policy Analysis, 5-7-74, Ernest Bonner

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Memo about PDX planning, Ernest Bonner

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Memo on District Plan Documents, Ernest Bonner

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Memo to Planning Commission, Ernest Bonner

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Notes about talk with Mayor, Ernest Bonner

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Notes from Planning Commission Hearing, Ernest Bonner

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Portland planning, Ernest Bonner

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Proposed interim community development strategy, Ernest Bonner

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Summary of Planning Report, Ernest Bonner

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Talks on Comprehensive Plans and Land Use, Ernest Bonner

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Whither CAC?, Ernest Bonner

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Work program for planning, Ernest Bonner

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North Going Street widening project, Neil E. Goldschmidt

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Joking letters about affirmative action in Cleveland and PDX planning offices, Earl Landau

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An alternative to the Mt. Hood Freeway, Portland (Or.). Bureau of Planning

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Memo to Planning Commission Members, Portland (Or.). Bureau of Planning

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Memos about planning staff, Gary Stout

Submissions from 1973

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Alignment for I-505, Lloyd Anderson

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E. R. Bonner leaving city's plan staff-2, Ernest Bonner

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Interview notes, Ernest Bonner

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Picture of Planning Commission Building in Portland, Ernest Bonner

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Presentation at University of Iowa Conference, Ernest Bonner

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Advocacy Planning in Cleveland, lecture., Norman Krumholz

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First Draft of Volume I of Cleveland Policy Plan Report, unknown

Submissions from 1972

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Bonner at the Ninth Conference on Urban Affairs, Ernest Bonner

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Under Two Flags; talk at Trinity College, Hartford, Ernest Bonner

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Proposal to acquire Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company's facilities, Cleveland (Ohio). City Planning Commission

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The Cleveland City Planning Commission 1972-1973 annual report, Cleveland (Ohio). City Planning Commission

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Letter from Norman Krumholz to John Lynch, Norman Krumholz

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Planning in Cleveland: Working the Advocacy-Equity Side of the Street, Norman Krumholz

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Letter from John Lynch to Norm Krumholtz, John Lynch

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Northwest comprehensive policies plan map, Northwest Comprehensive Policies

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Rough draft for McGoram, unknown

Submissions from 1971

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General Plan of the City of Cleveland, Ernest Bonner

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Gyroscope for the general plan, Ernest Bonner

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Toward a Work Program for an Advocate Planning Agency, Ernest Bonner

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Areawide Housing Policy: a View from the Trenches, Norman Krumholz

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Famous Fiscal Crisis Memo, Norman Krumholz

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Harbor Drive Closure - Public Hearing, Oregon. State Highway Commission

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City of Portland Council Meeting Minutes, Portland (Or.). City Council

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Police response to calls for assistance: a major community problem, Unknown

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Under two flags . . ., unknown

Submissions from 1970

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Cleveland Housing Papers, Ernest Bonner

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Correspondence Schrunk, et al., Glenn Jackson, Lloyd T. Keefe, and Floyd Query

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Harbor Drive closure, Lloyd T. Keefe and Oregon. State Highway Department

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Reactions to Harbor Drive, unknown

Submissions from 1969

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Journal Building Site Use Committee, City Club of Portland (Portland, Or.)

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City Club Committee meetings, unknown

Submissions from 1968

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Correspondence City/County minutes, Terry D. Schrunk and Fred T. Fowler

Submissions from 1967

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Letters about The Economic Impact of a University on its Local Community, Ralph Albert Gakenheimer

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Correspondence of Lloyd Keefe, et al., Lloyd T. Keefe and Forrest Cooper

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Technique for Area Planning: An Economic Impact Analysis Technique, Regional Economic Development Institute, Inc.

Submissions from 1965

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March on Montgomery, Ernest Bonner

Submissions from 1962

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Harbor Drive access study, Portland (Or.). Planning Commission

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Harbor Drive Ramps and Overpasses, unknown