The photographs displayed in this collection all relate to Straub's time spent with the Oregon coast and its beaches, including both politically and for pleasure. Photographs from family scrapbooks capture their time enjoying the beauty of Oregon's beaches, Straub's work to stop the proposed widening of U.S. Highway 101 onto the Nestucca Sand Spit outside Pacific City, and images after the park at Nestucca was renamed Bob Straub State Park in his honor in 1987.
Bob Straub also had a unique experience as Oregon State Treasurer -- in May 1968, he spent time with Senator Robert F. Kennedy and his wife Ethel when they visited Astoria and nearby Fort Stevens State Park. The Kennedys made a campaign stop in Oregon leading up to the Oregon primary election, only weeks before he was assassinated in California. These photographs offer a rare glimpse into a special day in Oregon history. More photographs are contained in the manuscript collection held at Western Oregon University Archives.