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Larry Smith Oral History Interview

 

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

Interview Location and Date: Jacksonville, Oregon, February 10, 1989

Transcription: Transcribed by Chris Prout, August 1997

Biographical Summary (from the interview introduction)

Larry Smith can be credited with initiating the first effort to compile the park’s history in an easily digestible format. It started as an extension of a report type that the NPS once called an “important event log,” but continual growth and refinement soon brought about The Smith Brothers’ Chronological History of Crater Lake National Park. This and other topics of mutual interest led to an interview in Jacksonville, at a time when I was still getting oriented with what has transpired at the park over the past four decades.

The interview also marked the beginning of his unflagging assistance which continues to the present. He and his brother Lloyd have contributed to park programs in many ways, most recently as volunteers in the Friends of Crater Lake. Our correspondence since this interview is extensive, and touches on many topics pertaining to history at Crater Lake and the surrounding area. Copies of those letters, along with related source material, are in the park’s history files.

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

Taped interview 2110189. File contains newspaper articles, manuscripts, and correspondence. Much of the latter pertains to the Smith Brothers Chronological History of the park which he and his brother Lloyd have compiled or updated to the present. Slide of LBS taken at the time of interview.

 

To the reader:

Larry Smith can be credited with initiating the first effort to compile the park’s history in an easily digestible format. It started as an extension of a report type that the NPS once called an “important event log,” but continual growth and refinement soon brought about The Smith Brothers’ Chronological History of Crater Lake National Park.  This and other topics of mutual interest led to an interview in Jacksonville, at a time when I was still getting oriented with what has transpired at the park over the past four decades.

The interview also marked the beginning of his unflagging assistance which continues to the present. He and his brother Lloyd have contributed to park programs in many ways, most recently as volunteers in the Friends of Crater Lake. Our correspondence since this interview is extensive, and touches on many topics pertaining to history at Crater Lake and the surrounding area. Copies of those letters, along with related source material, are in the park’s history files.

Stephen R. Mark

(Crater Lake National Park Historian)

September 1997

 

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