POL Government Elected Officials Auditor Hull Caballero Divisions Archives & Records ARCHIVES


The City of Portland's archival records provide important historical evidence of the development of city government since 1851. Significant research subjects documented by the collection include, but are not limited to, urban planning, parks, land use, public works, economic development, public safety and social issues.


The Archives contain approximately 8,000 cubic feet of material. The collection includes reports and studies, correspondence and memoranda from city agencies, and elected officials, maps and plans, and nearly 750,000 photographic images of City projects and personnel.


In order to prolong the life of the historical records, the Archives staff processes the documents according to professional standards. Additional measures are taken to establish intellectual control, thus enhancing access for researchers.


We now have Open Research Hours throughout the week, so researchers can stop by without an appointment during the designated hours.  However, research requests will be met on a first come, first served basis.


Feel free to contact us via email parc@portlandoregon.gov or telephone 503-865-4100 with your questions.



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Archives & Records
1800 SW 6th Ave, Suite 550
Portland, OR 97201
phone: 503-865-4100 (new)


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