[Libs-Or] FW: [Rockcreek] PCC's Jeffer Daykin Instrumental in Organizing Historic Archives for Jan. 26 Opening at Multnomah County Library

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Subject: [Rockcreek] PCC's Jeffer Daykin Instrumental in Organizing Historic
Archives for Jan. 26 Opening at Multnomah County Library


This Wednesday, January 26, Portland Community College history instructor
Jeffer Daykin will be the featured scholarly speaker at the opening of an
important archival collection 

at the Multnomah County Library. 


The opening ceremony, and Daykin's speech, marks the culmination of several
years' work to bring the history of Colonel Henry E. Dosch to the public. 


Henry Dosch was a prominent Portlander born in 1841, who became the Director
of Exhibits for the 1905 Lewis & Clark World's Fair and is credited for
inviting Japan to that fair 

and to the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific World's Fair (in Seattle) in 1909. Prior to
his involvement in World's Fairs, Dosch served in the Union Army as a
Fremont Bodyguard during the Civil War, 

moved to Oregon and became Pony Express rider. He apparently met Mark Twain
during a brief stint in Nevada (though there is no evidence of that). He
eventually settled in Portland, 

where he promoted Oregon and Japan to each other as potential business and
cultural partners until his death in 1925. 


Daykin's research for his original masters' thesis on Japan at the 1905
Portland World's Fair led him to Dosch descendant James Driscoll. After
meeting Driscoll, he forged a connection between 

the Dosch family and the Multnomah County Library John Wilson Special
Collections, a part of the library he'd used with great care as a graduate


Securing the donation was only the beginning of the partnership between
Daykin and John Wilson Special Collections Librarian Jim Carmin. When the
collection arrived at the library, it was 

in "twenty five boxes of completely unorganized materials," said Carmin, who
estimates there were over 20,000 photos, documents and pieces of
correspondence that "had mostly been boxed since the 1920s."


Daykin, who also teaches at PSU, had a solution to that dilemma. He arranged
for his Capstone students (at PSU) to process the archives. Over the last
two years, six different Capstone classes have 

worked tirelessly under Daykin tutelage and Carmin's supervision, to make
sense of, date, sort, organize the materials and prepare them for public


Carmin praised Daykin's work with his students. "Jeffer is engaging; he is
very serious and involved.  He encourages students to push and learn. He
wants to make sure they know why they're there." 

According to Carmin, Daykin was highly successful in that endeavor.
"Students would come back and either want to continue working on the project
or they would thank me," said Carmin. "They 

gained (a great deal of) knowledge."


Daykin, who teaches a range of history courses at PCC Rock Creek including
the Eastern Civilization sequence and a Holocaust history course, has
attended and presented at several symposia 

in and about Japan. He continues to produce scholarship related to early
20th Century international expositions through his work with the Shibusawa
Eiichi Memorial Foundation of Japan. 

He says he hopes to use his love of Japanese and Portland history to give
"local perspective to international relations and connect Portland with the
wider world." 



The Henry E. Dosch Exhibition opened on January 22 and will be on display
through March 27, 2011. Opening Ceremony will take place on Wednesday,
January 26, 2011, 5:30-7pm at 

the Collins Library, 3rd Floor, Multnomah County Library Central. 


Submitted by:


Meryl Lipman

Community Relations/PR Manager

Portland Community College

Rock Creek Campus


mlipman at pcc.edu


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