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John Eliot Allen Oral History Interview

 

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About the Crater Lake NP Oral History Series

 

Interviewer: Stephen R. Mark, Crater Lake National Park Historian

Interview Location and Date: At John's office, Portland State University campus, Cramer Hall, Portland, Oregon, September 24, 1991

Transcription: Transcribed by Darci G. Gomolski, with assistance from Anton Briefer, 1994

Biographical Summary (from the interview introduction):

John Eliot Allen is an emeritus professor of geology at Portland State University.  While a graduate student, Dr. Allen spent the summer of 1935 as a ranger naturalist at Crater Lake. The interview centers on that experience, but attempts to put it in the context of a career largely devoted to teaching Oregonians about the geology of their state. Died 1996.

Materials Associated with this interview on file at the Dick Brown library at Crater Lake National Park's Steel Visitor Center":

Taped interview along with notes. Donated a considerable amount of CRLA related file material and photos. I interviewed him in his office at Cramer Hall. There we indulged in some “time travel” and he gave me a number of items which pertain to the geological story of Crater Lake. Most of these can be found in the park’s history files. The others are housed in the park’s library, where several of his more than 200 publications can be found.

 

To the reader: 

John Eliot Allen is an emeritus professor of geology at Portland State University.  While a graduate student, Dr. Allen spent the summer of 1935 as a ranger naturalist at Crater Lake. The interview centers on that experience, but attempts to put it in the context of a career largely devoted to teaching Oregonians about the geology of their state. 

I interviewed him in his office at Cramer Hall. There we indulged in some “time travel” and he gave me a number of items which pertain to the geological story of Crater Lake. Most of these can be found in the park’s history files. The others are housed in the park’s library, where several of his more than 200 publications can be found.   

Stephen R. Mark

Crater Lake National Park Historian

March 1994

 

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