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Title: Interview with Norton Clapp - #5
Original format: Betacam
Item Id.: 1985.135.5_5
Description: This is Part 5 of 6 of an interview with Norton Clapp. This interview was conducted by Elizabeth Adkins in 1985.
Norton Clapp (1906-1995) was a Seattle businessman and philanthropist. Clapp started working for the Weyerhaeuser Timber Company part-time in 1938, and returned to the company after serving in the Navy, replacing his father as director after his death. In 1960, he became president of Weyerhaeuser, serving in that position until 1966, and as Board member until 1970, before leaving to pursue other business interests and devote his energy to philanthropy. Among other ventures, Clapp served as as president of the Boy Scouts of America, chairman of the Pacific Basin Economic Council, director of the National Parks Foundation, president of both the Tacoma and the Seattle Chambers of Commerce, longtime trustee of the University of Puget Sound, director of Safeco and of Seattle First National Bank, and as a member of innumerable boards and committees. The Seattle-King County Association of Realtors named him First Citizen of 1970, and the National Conference of Christians and Jews gave him an award for his humanitarian work in 1973. Clapp also left his mark on Seattle by being one the five original private investors in the Space Needle.
This interview is part of the Donald Schmechel Oral History Collection. Don Schmechel, who was a member of the Seattle Public Library Foundation board, began this project with Seattle Public Library in 1984, with the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) brought on board as a partner in early 1985. Schmechel himself worked to raise the funding for the project, and volunteered his time to manage the project, and to conduct interviews along with a crew of volunteers. Originally titled the Videotaping Historic Figures (VHF) Program, the project interviewed 91 people, and MOHAI holds the interviews for 32 of these individuals.The interviews conducted with these Seattle civic, business and cultural leaders in 1985 are valuable first-hand accounts that provide insight into developments taking place in the mid-twentieth century.
Digitization of this videotape material has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.
Transcribed from handwritten notes on videotape case. Due to trimming of video leader, time stamps are approximate:
More Boy Scouts; 1/4 million miles a year; Past presidents
06:00 Chamber of Commerce; Both Seattle and Tacoma; University of Puget Sound, Chairman; University of Chicago-Lakeside; Space Needle-sponsor; Bagley Wright, 1/4 interest; Diffuse rivalry between Seattle and Tacoma; Economic Development Council; We need help and cooperation of government; Downtown Development Association; Pacific Basin Economic Council; Early 1970s busiest time; Church St. Thomas, Diocese of Olympia