Nestled away within the Portland State University Campus sits the Portland City Archives. For over 38 years the archives and records program has housed the history of our great city by collecting materials generated by the City of Portland government, affiliated agencies, and neighborhoods. It also contains Portland-related materials donated by groups and individuals as well as items gathered for reference purposes. The materials date back to 1851 and include City Council materials from then to present.
If you are interested in exploring Portland’s invaluable wealth of history, then the Archives is the place to visit. With over 8,000 cubic feet of stored materials, you are bound to discover something incredible. The archives even houses neighborhood association records such as minutes, agendas, and other various project materials (many donated by SE Uplift). Community members can visit during regular research hours. It is strongly suggested that you bring a digital camera when viewing records, as the city does charge for scanning and copying.
The electronic catalog system is also a great resource tool and can be found at: http://efiles.portlandoregon.gov/. At present, not all neighborhood materials are in the catalog, so neighbors may want to visit in person or contact the archives staff via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone (503.865.4100) if looking for specific documents.
Public Research Room hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 9-1, and Wednesday and Thursday from 12-4.
By: Jay Derderian