Depression-Era Scrip

Due to bank suspension and a lack of physical currency during the Great Depression, scrip was used as a substitute for government issued currency by traders and employers. These fascinating examples of local currency issued in Oregon include scrip issued on sheepskin and buckskin.

Heppner sheepskin scrip
This archived document is maintained by the Oregon State Library as part of the Oregon Documents Depository Program. It is for informational purposes and may not be suitable for legal purposes., Scrip printed on sheepskin, "This Scrip is secured by Morrow County municipal warrants, and will be redeemed only on or before December 31st, 1934.", Includes letter of transmittal from Morrow County Schools to Harriet C. Long, Also available online at the Oregon Documents Repository
Lincoln County school scrip
This archived document is maintained by the Oregon State Library as part of the Oregon Documents Depository Program. It is for informational purposes and may not be suitable for legal purposes., Scrip, "Lincoln County School Board will pay to the bearer the sum of twenty-five cents.", "Dated March 31, 1933.", Includes text of resolution adopted Mar. 28, 1933 by Lincoln County School District., Also available online at the Oregon Documents Repository
One half
This archived document is maintained by the Oregon State Library as part of the Oregon Documents Depository Program. It is for informational purposes and may not be suitable for legal purposes., Scrip printed on buckskin, "Fully secured by Wallowa County, Oregon Warrants.", "Void after January 1, 1935"--Verso, Includes letter of transmittal from Bertha Millard to Harriet C. Long, Also available online at the Oregon Documents Repository
Reedsport emergency scrip
This archived document is maintained by the Oregon State Library as part of the Oregon Documents Depository Program. It is for informational purposes and may not be suitable for legal purposes., Scrip, "Recognized By Reedsport Merchants For Face Value. IN TRADE ONLY.", "March 6, 1933.", Also available online at the Oregon Documents Repository
Salem gold scrip
This archived document is maintained by the Oregon State Library as part of the Oregon Documents Depository Program. It is for informational purposes and may not be suitable for legal purposes., Scrip, "Gold Scrip is good at face value at any Gold Scrip Auction ... This Scrip is obtainable from any Official Gold Scrip Store.", Also available online at the Oregon Documents Repository
Silverton scrip
This archived document is maintained by the Oregon State Library as part of the Oregon Documents Depository Program. It is for informational purposes and may not be suitable for legal purposes., Scrip, "April 10th, 1933.", "This scrip redeemable on or before December 31, 1934.", Under depository agreement with Al Coolidge & Co, Also available online at the Oregon Documents Repository