1800 SW 6th Ave, Suite 550, Portland, OR 97201
The City Archives are going on the road! Well sort of.
Two of the City of Portland’s archivists visited the North Portland Branch of the Multnomah County Library in January and will be heading out again to four different library branches through the end of 2018. We can’t bring the whole archives with us, but we are bringing copies of neighborhood photos, guides on how to do research in the archives including how to search our online database Efiles and our expertise on searching City records.
Bring your questions about archives, City records, or Portland history and we will show you how to do your own research. We’ll talk about the types of historical records in the City Archives and how to get access to them. Even if you don’t have a specific question, bring your curiosity!
Archives Roadshow schedule and locations:
Learn more about the library locations here: https://multcolib.org/events/city-portland-archives-roadshow
We hope you’ll join us!
The City of Portland Archives has partnered with the Multnomah County Library and other institutions in the Portland area to help create Our Story: Portland Through an African American Lens. Our Story is a celebration of Black life in Oregon. It is an online collection of images, documents, and interviews featuring people who make this community special.
The City of Portland has contributed 175 digital images and documents from its archival collections, including photos of community events, celebrations, neighborhood clean-ups, protest rallies, and elected officials, as well as newsletters, Council minutes, and other documents that highlight African Americans in city governmental records. Other archives, special collections and heritage organizations in the Portland area have also donated materials to the digital collection, providing a diverse group of materials for researchers to explore. The first phase of the collection will be available in May and focuses on Community Building.
Leading up to the release of this collection, the Library is hosting programs in libraries across Multnomah County to celebrate Black communities in Portland. Please follow this link for a summary of the project and a list of upcoming programs: Our Story: Portland Through an African American Lens.
The Our Story Kickoff Celebration will be Saturday, May 19th 2-4PM at the North Portland Library. Click the following link for more information: https://multcolib.org/events/our-story-kickoff-celebration/88003
Dorothea Lensch, Director of Recreation 1937 to 1973
The Portland Archives & Records Center is pleased to announce a new exhibit focusing on Dorothea Lensch’s career as Director of Recreation for the City of Portland Parks Bureau.
Dorothea Lensch served at the Director of Recreation from 1937 to 1973. As the first Director of Recreation, she revitalized the Parks Department by expanding existing programming and developing new programs that included the arts, dance, and other forms of play. During a time of economic, political, and social upheaval, as well substantial growth within the City of Portland, Lensch was a leader within the community by promoting her belief that recreation was central to a strong and healthy community.
Exhibiting at: PSU Academic & Student Recreation Center, 5th floor, outside Suite 550 (Portland Archives & Records Center)
On display November 28, 2017 - March 31, 2018
The Neverbuilt: Portland exhibit is the result of a year-long collaborative effort between four archival repositories in the Portland area. The City of Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon Health and Science University, and Portland State University each contributed records from their collections that highlight projects, plans, and designs that never came to be part of Portland’s cityscape. The City of Portland Archives focused on the design competition for Pioneer Square, including the 4 unsuccessful designs; Multnomah County Archives presented records related to the Delta Dome; PSU’s Architecture, Engineering and Construction Archives offered up incomplete development plans and never-built structures; OHSU Historical Collections & Archives provided access to records related to various campus projects, grand visions, and alterations to designs.
The exhibit panels feature architectural drawings, historical photographs, designs, and development plans for projects that were once planned or envisioned, but never came to fruition. The rotating exhibit will visit several archival and public facilities in Portland, Oregon this summer. If you can’t make it in person, you can check out the City of Portland panels here.
Come and see what could have been.
Did you miss the art exhibit “Annexation & Assimilation: exploring city archives east of 82 Ave” at APANO last fall? You will have a second chance beginning February 16th to experience the work resulting from artist-in-residence, Sabina Zeba Haque’s, yearlong residency at the Portland Archives and Records Center (PARC).
The work focuses on the tumultuous and fraught process of annexation and growth of East Portland’s incredibly diverse population. Collaborating with neighborhood residents and PARC, Haque examines the history of place as a marker of exclusion and inclusion over the past thirty-five years. She weaves a portrait of inclusive civic identity through hand-drawn animation, video projections, poster installations, and a theater performance. From farm culture to car culture, from ethnically homogenous to diverse, from English to Hmong, Vietnamese, Spanish, Mandarin, Somali, “Annexation & Assimilation along 82nd Ave.” explores the changing cultural and physical landscape and shifting demographics over the last 100 years. The result is an accelerating and visceral mash-up of Portland’s past and present along this boundary, which is at once both real and imagined.
Please join us Thursday, February 16th, from 6-8 PM for the opening of the exhibit of video projections, poster installations, oral histories and a recorded theater performance. The event is free and open to the public.
A video preview of the artworks & performance: https://vimeo.com/190343854
Open Signal, a media arts center formally known as Portland Community Media.
2766 N.E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Public Viewing Hours:
Feb 16, 2017- April 28, 2017
Tues--Fri, 10am to 10pm
Sat--Sun, 12pm to 8pm
This is the second in a series of public art residencies funded by the City of Portland Percent for Art Program administered by Regional Arts & Culture Council.
Interview on OPB Think out loud with Dave Miller https://soundcloud.com/thinkoutloudopb/history-of-east-portland
ArtsWatch Weekly: Un-dividing the great 82nd Avenue divide http://www.orartswatch.org/artswatch-weekly-82nd-avenue-frontier-goosebumps-bloodyvox-met-opera-futures-black-girls-rhythm-games-israeli-dance/
Asian Reporter article week http://www.asianreporter.com/arts/2016/21-16sabina.htm