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 1961

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Harbor Drive closure - Bonner's notes, Ernest Bonner

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Ramp Harbor Drive to Ash Street, Fred Fowler

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Ash Street ramp project, Terry Schrunk

Submissions from 1960

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Harbor Drive to Ash or Oak Street, Tom Edwards

Submissions from 1959

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To W.C. Williams from Fred T. Fowler, Fred Fowler

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Letter from Mayor Schrunk-1, Terry Schrunk

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Letter from Mayor Schrunk-2, Terry Schrunk

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S.W. Harbor Drive, W. Weller

Submissions from 1957

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Letter to W.J. Weller from W.C. Williams, G. S. Paxson

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Letter to Fred T. Fowler from W.J. Weller, W. J. Weller

Submissions from 1943

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Moses Plan (1943), unknown

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Oregon Voter article, Unknown

Submissions from 1941

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Cavalcade of Front Avenue, Henry Reed

Submissions from 1940

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Bowes press release, William Bowes

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To Bowes from Brown, A. Brown

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To Bowes from Coale, Ralph W. Coale

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To Bowes from Devers, J. Devers

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To Latourette from Devers, J. M. Devers

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To Bowes from Gould, Edward Gould

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To Bowes from Gibson, R. Ivey

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To Bowes from Henry F. Long, Henry Long

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To Bowes from Wisconsin Taxation, Milwaukee (Wis.). Supervisor of Assessments

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Resolution Adopting Route, Oregon State Highway Commission

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Oregon State Highway Commission - misc., Oregon. State Highway Commission

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Meeting notes, Portland (Or.). City Council

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To Council from City Planning, Portland (Or.). City Planning Commission

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To Oregon Journal from Public Works, Portland (Or.). Commissioner of Public Works

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To Bowes from Payson Thompson 1, Payson Thompson

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To Bowes from Payson Thompson 2, Payson Thompson

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Portland City Council minutes, Unknown

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To Bowes from Upson, U. L. Upson

Submissions from 1939

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To Bowes from Bladock, R. Baldock

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To Cabell from Bladock, R. Baldock

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To Apperson from Bladock, R. H. Baldock

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To McNary from Public Works, Ormond R. Bean

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To City Planning from Freeman, Harry Freeman

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To Bowes from McNary, Charles McNary

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Oregon State Highway Commission, Oregon. State Highway Commission

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To Carson from Upson, U. L. Upson

Submissions from 1938

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To Ransom from State Highway Engineer, R. H. Baldock

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To Upson from State Highway Engineer, R. H. Baldock

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To Bean from Lipman Wolfe, Harold Wendell

Submissions from 1936

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From Bean to Apperson, Ormond Bean

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To Carson from Public Market, R. Early

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To Bean from Public Market 2, Rey B. Early

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To Bean from Public Market 3, Rey B. Early

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Report of Street Committee, Street Committee

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Water Front and Arterial Improvements, Subcommittee on Water Front and Arterial Improvements

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To Bean from Woodward, William Woodward

Submissions from 1935

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To Bean from Apperson, L. Apperson

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To Bladock from Highway Engineer, L. Apperson

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West Side Development Project, L. G. Apperson

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To Council from Public Works 1, Ormond R. Bean

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To Council from Public Works 2, Ormond R. Bean

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To Council from Public Works 3, Ormond R. Bean

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To Council from Public Works 4, Ormond R. Bean

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To Early from Apperson, Ormond R. Bean

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To Martin from Carson, Ormond R. Bean

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To Mayor from Bean, Ormond R. Bean

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To Plummer from Apperson, Ormond R. Bean

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To Apperson from Funk, L. E. Burdick

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To Bean from Public Market 1, Rey B. Early

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To Bean from Gosslin, W. Gosslin

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To Apperson from Woodward, Metropolitan Association, Inc.

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To Apperson from State Highway Engineer, Oregon. State Highway Engineer

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Portland City Council minutes, Portland (Or.). City Council

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To Council from City Engineer, Portland (Or.). Office of City Engineer.

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To Bean from Tenants Committee, Tenants Committee of the Portland Public Market

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Press release, Unknown

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To Mayor from Upson, U. L. Upson

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To Carson from Eugene Willis, Eugene Willis

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To Bean from William F. Woodward, William Woodward

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To Martin from William F. Woodward, William Woodward

Submissions from 1934

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From Apperson to Bean, L. G. Apperson

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To Apperson from Bean, Ormond R. Bean

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Statement by J. E. Bennett (2), J. E. Bennett

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To Public Works from City Planning, Portland (Or.). City Planning Commission

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Reconstruction Finance Corporation (1), unknown

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Reconstruction Finance Corporation (2), unknown

Submissions from 1933

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Statement by J. E. Bennett (1), J. E. Bennett

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My reasons for opposing calendar 1953, W. Bennett

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Council hearing on Market, Portland (Or.). City Council

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To Council from Barbur 2, unknown

Submissions from 1932

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To Council from Barbur 1, A. L. Barbur

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To Harold W. Doty, Ormond R. Bean

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To Barbur from Inspector of Buildings, H. E. Plummer

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To Barbur from McClure, Portland (Or.). City Planning Commission

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To Frank S. Grant, Portland (Or.). City Planning Commission

Submissions from 1931

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Plan of downtown association, Down Town Merchants Association

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Letter from Goddard to Baker, Henry Goddard

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Letter from Carey & Harlan Co. to Mayor, Kenneth Harlan

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Agreement: Public Market Co. and City, Public Market Company of Portland

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Letter from Mann to Barbur, Special Committee on the Public Market

Submissions from 1930

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To the Council from Barbur, A. Barbur

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Letter from Herington to Mayor and Council, G. B. Herington

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Letter from Bigelow to Grant, Portland (Or.). Commisioner of Public Affairs

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Letter from Welsh to Bigelow, Portland (Or.). Department of Public Safety

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Letter from President of Portland Market, Frederick Strong

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Portland Market Co. on cost data, unknown

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Public Market Producers Association letter, Yamhill Public Market Producer's Association