Ready to Crawl Again?
The Oregon Archives Crawl is back and set for Saturday, October 18th from 10 AM – 3 PM. We will have three host locations this year: Portland Archives and Records Center, Oregon Historical Society and the Multnomah County Central Library. The list of participating organizations will have returning favorites as well as a few new organizations.
We are busy planning the day’s details including exhibits and programming, but we want you to save the date and join us again or for the first time.
Check the website (http://pdxarchivists.wordpress.com/) for updates as the date gets closer.
See you in October!
July 9, 2014
Jumptown Video Wall
The City of Portland Archives is pleased to have sixty images from the collection included in the Jumptown Video wall installation. The Jumptown Video wall is an installation of four small videos monitors placed within the exterior brick wall displaying video footage and historic photographs of the surrounding northeast neighborhood. We invite you to visit the installation on the outside wall of the newly construction Magnolia building located at 3250 NE MLK Jr. Blvd between Fargo and Cook.
The link below will take you to a list of the images used in the installation which are all available on our online database Efiles:
December 10, 2013
Archives Artist-in-Residence Update
After being selected for the inaugural City of Portland Archives & Records Center (PARC) Artists-In-Residence program, Kaia Sand and Garrick Imatani have been hard at work: conducting research at the Archives, talking with PARC staff, documenting their findings, and developing a multi-phased project that focuses on the Police Historical Investigative Records.
These files are a series of surveillance documents collected and created by the Police Bureau that document the undercover investigation of many political organizations and some of the individuals who participated during the 1960s, 70s and early 80s. The collection includes background information and histories of these organizations, pamphlets, photographs, information about activities, and some information about activists. The work of the investigators included making connections between organizations and activists.
“We are creating a series of artistic and literary interventions that served as an addendum to those original files, a way to talk back and infuse the official accounts with unrepresented voices. Our project attempts to underline and annotate what is missing within the institutional record.” – Kaia & Garrick
The first of a series of exhibits is on display at the Portland Archives and Records Center at 1800 SW 6th Ave, 5th floor in the Student Academic and Recreation Center on the Portland State University campus. Part of the exhibit is available for viewing just outside the front door entrance. The inside portion of the exhibit is available for viewing during our open research hours (http://www.portlandonline.com/auditor/index.cfm?c=51811&a=297663). Ring the doorbell for admittance.
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To learn more about the Artist in Residence program click here (http://racc.org/public-art/artists-garrick-imatani-and-kaia-sand-selected-inaugural-city-portland-archives-record-ce)
October 4, 2013 | Comments (0) | Post a Comment (Sign-In Required)
Commemorating 100 Years of Portland's Commission Form of Government
Portland has a reputation for being unique, and our particular structure for governance is no exception. Portland voters adopted the commission form of government in 1913. Since then, voters have reaffirmed their commitment to this governing style eight times.
As the nation honors the rich historical resources found in archives across the country during October’s National Archives Month celebrations, the City Archives division of the Auditor’s Office and Commissioner Nick Fish are teaming up to commemorate 100 years of Portland’s commission form of government. Auditor LaVonne Griffin-Valade and Commissioner Fish invite you join them in observing this special anniversary on Tuesday, October 22 from 5 – 7 p.m. at Portland City Hall.
The event starts off in Council Chambers, with Commissioner Nick Fish emceeing the proceedings. Portland historian and scholar, Dr. Carl Abbott, will provide an overview of pre-1913 city government and the transition to the commission form of government. Current and former elected officials, along with other notable city officials, are invited to share stories and experiences working within our form of government. There will be exhibits and light refreshments on the first floor following the presentations.
Love it or hate it, Portland’s take on the commission form of government has been in place for 100 years. Join us at the Portland City Hall on October 22 to hear from insiders about the pros and cons of working within Portland’s unique form of government.
Please direct questions to Diana Banning, City Archivist, 503.865.4110 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Centennial Commemoration of the Commission Form of Government
In celebration of National Archives Month
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Portland City Hall, Council Chambers
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
This event is free and open to the public.
October 10, 2013 | Comments (0) | Post a Comment (Sign-In Required)
Become an Artist-in-Residence at the City of Portland Archives
The City of Portland Archives and Records Center is partnering with the Regional Arts & Culture Council through the intersections program to invite artists from all disciplines to explore new working methods and develop socially engaging art experiences with the Archives. This is the first in a series of residencies for the Archives with the goal of artists creating work in any media that engages and/or is a result of working with the collection and staff. It our hope that this artist residency program will help to breakdown the stereotypes associated with archival collections by viewing and presenting the archives through different lenses.
Artists interested in this opportunity are encouraged to visit and tour the Archives prior to the application deadline of November 12, 2012. Email reservations requests by October 22, 2012 for a tour on Tuesday, October 23, 2012. Send reservation to email@example.com with subject line “Visit Archives”. In the body please say how many are in your party.
For more information about the artist-in-residency, tour, the application, and timeline click on the following link (http://www.racc.org/public-art/racc-opportunity-intersections-residency-portland-archives) and download the RFQ.
October 17, 2012 | Comments (0) | Post a Comment (Sign-In Required)
Reflections on Recreation: The Work of Dorothea M. Lensch
In line with the 3rd Annual Oregon Archives Crawl theme of Celebrating Women, Celebrating Archives, our exhibit this year focuses on the work and legacy of Dorothea Lensch, the City’s Director of Recreation from 1937 to 1972. You can get a preview now but we hope you will join us Saturday, October 6th at the Oregon Archives Crawl.
Excerpts from the exhibit:
“When Lensch became director in 1937 she presided over a system which included only three indoor winter facilities and was comprised of 7 full-time staff with 33 more in the Summer. By 1956, Lensch had overseen an expansion of her vision of a comprehensive recreation program which now boasted 15 buildings with full or part-time year round programs.”
“Lensch tended to look at programming from the neighborhood level, her belief was that if you could not involve neighborhoods in their own programming there would not be the same level of commitment towards using the programs effectively as when you have involvement and development at the neighborhood level.”
In her own words…
“Recreation is a complex force in the life of the individual and of the community. It is related to the public schools (education), the churches (religion), the welfare agencies (welfare), the social agencies (health), housing and employment organizations. Recreation is thus people-centered and must make provision for the varied interests, age levels and degrees of ability of the population.” -From Chapter 1 of “The Evolution of Recreation Programs in War Housing Projects in Portland Oregon between the years 1940 and 1960.”
See you October 6th!
September 21, 2012 | Comments (0) | Post a Comment (Sign-In Required)
3rd Annual Oregon Archives Crawl - Saturday October 6th!
Come one, come all to the
3rd Annual Oregon Archives Crawl on
Saturday, October 6th, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.!
Join us in crawling through downtown Portland, where you can participate with over 25 archives and heritage organizations in getting in touch with history and having fun doing it! Start your journey through Oregon’s past by visiting the four host locations: PortlandArchivesandRecordsCenter, PortlandStateUniversityMillarLibrary, MultnomahCountyCentralLibrary and the OregonHistoricalSociety. At each site you’ll encounter archivists, historians and other representatives from organizations that devote their time to preserving the past so that it will be available for you and future generations to use. Not only will you get to visit the archives of the four host locations, but the other organizations will be bringing some of their “stuff” for you to see!
Celebrate women; celebrate archives!
This year we are paying tribute to the 100th anniversary of Oregon women winning the right to vote by highlighting women in history. Through the crawl, you will learn about the contributions and impact of women on Oregon politics, health, education, culture and more. Attend a presentation; learn some tricks for preserving and researching your family’s history; peruse old photos, maps and documents; or take a behind-the-scenes tour to see where all this history is stored.
To help guide the way, make sure you pick up a free “passport” listing all of the participating organizations at any of the 4 host locations. Remember to get a stamp at each of the locations so you can be entered into the prize drawing which will take place at the After Party at McMenamins’ Al’s Den at the Crystal Hotel. Come for your chance to enter the drawing and stay to enjoy McMenamins’ food and beer and the company of your fellow crawlers and local archivists. The After Party is free to everyone, with food and drink available for purchase.
Third Annual Oregon Archives Crawl
Free and Open to the Public
3:30 PM to 6:00 PM
For more information and a complete list of participants check out our website: pdxarchivists.wordpress.com
August 14, 2012 | Comments (0) | Post a Comment (Sign-In Required)
A History of the Memorial Coliseum on Display
We are pleased to have PSU Masters of Architecture student Antoinette Lettiere’s piece “Exposing Portland’s Memorial Coliseum: Decades of Conflict” on display in the outside exhibit case at the Portland Archives and Records Center.
This collage of articles, photos, and maps collected from the City of Portland Archives was created as part of an architectural thesis exploration. The intention was to uncover the soul behind Memorial Coliseum’s glass walls by exposing the arguments regarding the place before its construction, during its opening events, and with the more recent arguments to preserve the building as a valuable cultural and architectural artifact.
Do your own research on the Memorial Coliseum and search our online database for information and photos of Memorial Coliseum:
For information on our hours and location check out the following link: http://www.portlandonline.com/auditor/index.cfm?c=51811&a=298195
May 3, 2012 | Comments (0) | Post a Comment (Sign-In Required)
Save the Date for the 3rd Annual Oregon Archives Crawl
3rd Annual Oregon Archives Crawl
The date is set and the committee is diving into the rest of the planning details for the 3rd Annual Archives Crawl celebrating Oregon Archives Month. We are pleased to announce all four host locations (Portland Archives and Records Center, the Portland State University Millar Library, Multnomah County Central Library and the Oregon Historical Society) will be opening up their doors again for Crawlers. We are working on new programming for each location, highlighting what we do and how we do it. We look forward to meeting each of you who join us.
At each host location we’ll have archives and heritage organizations from the Portland-metro area and from other parts of the state. And if more than 20 archives and heritage organizations isn’t enough to entice you, the Crawl coincides with the Oregon Historical Society’s Free Day. This year the After Party will again take place at a downtown McMenamins where we can eat, drink and merrily celebrate Oregon’s history together!
As we finalize details we will post them to http://pdxarchivists.wordpress.com/, so check it out to see who will be participating, when the fun begins and what to expect at the 3rd Annual Oregon Archives Crawl! Remember the third time’s the charm!
See you on October 6th!
March 21, 2012 | Comments (0) | Post a Comment (Sign-In Required)
Researching Buildings Using Local Archives Workshop
Do you want to learn more about the history of your house or building?
Are you curious about who lived in your house or what businesses operated in your building?
Learn about the various resources available for uncovering building histories in the Davies Family Research Library at the Oregon Historical Society, as well as at the Architectural Heritage Center, City of Portland Archives and Multnomah County Archives. Representatives of the local archives will talk about accessing and utilizing the different resources for researching the history of a building, including photographs, city directories, online databases and maps.
Saturday, April 7, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Cost: $15 for OHS members, $20 for non-members
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org or 503.306.5240
Space is limited, so sign up now!
Part of the Building History Workshops
March 14, 2012 | Comments (0) | Post a Comment (Sign-In Required)
Developing Your Research History Techniques
Many thanks to Raymond Burell for speaking about his own research as well as providing useful information about how to do historical research during his presentation at the 2nd Annual Oregon Archives Crawl. For more information regarding developing your research history techniques check out the handout accompanying his presentation: Developing Your Research History Techniques.
October 17, 2011 | Comments (0) | Post a Comment (Sign-In Required)
Things to do and see at the Oregon Archives Crawl
October 15th is just a few days away, which means this Saturday is the Oregon Archives Crawl! To help you plan your tour of the many archives participating in this year's Archives Crawl, we put together a "Things to Do and See" list that you can find on the event website: http://pdxarchivists.wordpress.com/activities/.
Some examples of what you can expect to find at the City of Portland Archives and Records Center venue: get a behind-the-scenes tour of the Archives; learn research techniques from local researcher and author, Raymond Burell; get assistance preserving a photo, book or document from the Lewis & Clark College archivists (for the 1st 50 people!); and learn about the Oregon Jewish experience through artifacts and photos.
For more fun things to do and see at the Oregon Archives Crawl, check here: http://pdxarchivists.wordpress.com/activities/.
See you this Saturday!
October 10, 2011
Researching at the City of Portland Archives & Records Center with Raymond Burell
Learn tips and techniques for doing research in archives, including the City of Portland Archives, from local researcher Raymond Burell during the Oregon Archives Crawl on Saturday, October 15th.
Burell will discuss his both his own research on the Vancouver Avenue Baptist Church (formerly the Central Methodist Episcopal Church) and his research methods during a 30 minute presentation and Q&A starting at 11 AM. Burell will talk about what resources he utilized to verify dates and names of key players in the building process using old city permit cards, an 1894 Portland atlas, city code hearing records and various Polk Directories.
If you are curious about doing research on your own neighborhood or house or are simply interested in Portland’s history, stop by to learn what resources are available here to help with your search. Knowing where to start can be the biggest challenge for researchers, so we hope you can join us to listen to one researcher’s journey.
Local researcher Raymond Burell presentation
Saturday, October 15, 2011
11:00 AM at the City of Portland Archives and Records Center
September 28, 2011 | Comments (0) | Post a Comment (Sign-In Required)
2011 Oregon Archives Crawl poster!
The 2011 Archives Crawl poster is ready and looks great! Check out the website (http://pdxarchivists.wordpress.com/) for more details about participating organizations and activities.
See you on Saturday, October 15th!
September 7, 2011
Ready to crawl through history again (or for the first time)?
Everyone is invited to the 2nd Annual Oregon Archives Crawl on Saturday, October 15th. Start at any of the four host locations (Portland Archives and Records Center, the Portland State University Millar Library, Multnomah County Central Library or the Oregon Historical Society) and get ready to dive head first into history. Each host site will share space with other local archives and heritage organizations, many returning and a few new ones.
Some of this year’s participating organizations include Oregon Health and Sciences University, the Genealogical Forum of Oregon Library, Oregon Nikkei Center, the Multnomah County Records Program and the Dill Pickle Club. With over 30 organizations as part of the Archives Crawl, there is something for everyone!
Crawlers can tour some of the facilities and get a glimpse of where all these treasures are stored, see how Portland has changed over the years through photos and maps, and touch artifacts ranging from police dockets dating back to the late 1800s to medical artifacts from OHSU (maybe even a skull). Join in on fun family activities that connect you to our rich history and learn how and where to do your own research. Remember: you don’t have to be a history scholar to be interested in history, or to do research! All of the participating archives are open to anyone with an interest in history.
As you crawl from site to site, make sure you get your free “passport” stamped at each location. A fully stamped passport gets you into a drawing for items donated by participating archives. The drawing takes place at the After Party at McMenamins’ Mission Theater. The After Party is just that, a party where we can all kick back, listen to music, reflect on the day’s events and chat with the archivists and other people who like history. The After Party is free to everyone, but be sure to bring your money if you want to partake of McMenamins’ food and beer. Soft drinks will be available for free until they run out.
Second Annual Oregon Archives Crawl
Free and Open to the Public
3:30 PM to 6:00 PM
For more information check out our website: pdxarchivists.wordpress.com
August 19, 2011 | Comments (0) | Post a Comment (Sign-In Required)
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