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Office of the City Auditor

phone: 503-865-4100


1800 SW 6th Ave, Suite 550, Portland, OR 97201

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Research Guides

Researching Your Historic Property: A User's Guide

This guide is sponsored by the Bureau of Planning and will help you get started on your house research.

Researching your house and property

Resources available online and through Multnomah County

Researching your family history

This guide from the Multnomah County Library provides suggestions of reference books and links to local, state and federal resources. Use the links on the right hand side to navigate through the guide.

Guide to historical City records related to African Americans

The materials found within this virtual box were either used in the creation of or informed the guide in some manner. Scans of photos, flyers, and documents have been brought together from several City collections for ease of use and access. There are many more records available for researching the intersections between the City of Portland and the African American community.

Interested in your Neighborhood's History

The Office of Neighborhood Involvement provides City Ordinances and Neighborhood Guidelines, historical reports and documents on neighborhoods and a Primer for Neighborhood Historians first produced in the early 1980s.

An Index and Summary of  Oregon Building Information in the Portland Daily Abstract (1906-1910)

In 1992, Michael Shellenbarger published an index to building information in The Portland Daily Abstract  as an initial phase of a larger vision to capture architectural information in several early newspapers of Portland, Oregon.  The original 10 indexes, introductory matter, and appendix are reproduced in 29 separate PDF files to facilitate access and downloading. 

Historic Oregon Newspapers

On this site you can search and access complete content for historic Oregon newspapers that have been digitized as part of the Oregon Digital Newspaper Program (ODNP)

Researching Oregon History --- Search the Oregon Digital Library Collections

The Oregon Digital Library Project provides a searchable portal for a number of digital collections created by institutions around the state of Oregon. At present, the ODL gateway can search and index approximately 500,000 items.

Using Archives: A Guide to Effective Research (PDF) -- View online

Archives exist both to preserve historic materials and to make them available for use.This guide addresses the second purpose by outlining the functions and procedures of archives, and is designed both for first-time archives users and scholars who have already conducted research in archives.