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Office of the City Auditor

phone: 503-865-4100


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Our Grand (Re) Opening


Thanks to everyone that stopped by our Grand (Re) Opening last Tuesday. We were thrilled with the turn out – over 200 people showed up to watch the ribbon cutting, look at the displays, tour through the closed stacks and of course eat cake. As usual, I think the story is best told visually through photos from the event. 

Portland Archives & Records Center Grand Re-Opening

Commissioner Randy Leonard and Auditor Lavonne Griffin-Valade listen to City Archivist Diana Banning as she makes her opening remarks.

Portland Archives & Records Center Grand Re-Opening

PSU’s Lindsey Desrochers, Vice President of Finance, spoke about the partnership between the City of Portland and Portland State University.

Portland Archives & Records Center Grand Re-Opening

Commissioner Leonard made a donation of fire bureau related documents to the City of Portland Archives.

PARC ribbon cutting

Auditor Griffin-Valade and City Archivist Banning use “golden” scissors to cut the ribbon - officially re-opening the City of Portland Archives & Records Center.

PARC Grand Re-Opening

Displays from the historical collection included police dockets from the 1890s and 1900s, photographs and maps from the construction of Bull Run dam, industrial maps of Portland, and original city ordinances and documents from 1851.

PARC Grand Re-Opening

People reviewing the neighborhood notebooks consisting of pictures from various areas of Portland.

Touring the closed stacks

A group touring the closed stacks.

If you weren’t able to stop by for the (re) opening, we hope you can stop by during our open research hours.


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