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Nick Fish

Commissioner, City of Portland

phone: 503-823-3589

fax: 503-823-3596

1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

The Watcher Files

Local artists Garrick Imatani and Kaia Sand take viewers on an artistic and literary exploration of old police surveillance files.

Known as The Watcher Files, the collection includes surveillance documents of activists and civic groups from the 1960s to the 1980s. The files are part of the City of Portland Archives and Records Center.

An interactive addendum to the original Watcher Files, the exhibit includes documents, cabinets, binders, index cards, and more.  Delve into history by thumbing through copper index cards and peering into cabinet drawers.  Find old framed photos and graphite drawings. 

The exhibit is funded by the Percent for Art program and administered by the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC)

The Watcher Files art and literary exhibit is now up at the North Portland Library! Visit RACC’s website for more information. 

The Watcher Files

North Portland Library

512 N Killingsworth St.

Open daily


Photo courtesy of RACC.