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Archives & Records Management

Office of the City Auditor

phone: 503-865-4100


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

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Artist in Residence at the Portland Archives and Records Center

Sabina Haque announced as Artist in residence

From Art Notes the Regional Arts & Culture Council newsletter May 2016

RACC has tapped artist Sabina Zeba Haque to be part of a year-long residency at the Portland Archives and Records Center (PARC). The artist will collaborate with PARC staff to explore Portland neighborhoods east of 82nd Avenue and to unravel the history of exclusion and inclusion in this community. This is the second in a series of public art residencies funded by the City of Portland Percent for Art Program administered by RACC.

For many years, 82nd Avenue served as the easternmost boundary of the city of Portland. In 1980s Portland expanded the city’s boundaries roughly to 182nd Avenue, annexing approximately 140,000 people. Long-time residents, neighborhood activists and an influx of South East Asian immigrants came together in this evolving geographical space in a decade marked by economic and political turmoil. Today, with a quarter of the city’s population and nearly 40% of its youth, East Portland is the most diverse and rapidly growing section of the city.

Through her residency, Haque will explore how the neighborhood’s identity has evolved over the last 35 years, and how Portland can preserve its past while fostering a more inclusive civic identity.  Using oral histories, archival sources, and theater workshops, the artist will create a voice-by-voice community portrait of the communities around 82nd Avenue via hand-drawn animation and video. The project seeks to give nuance and form to this vibrant neighborhood and works toward civic equity through art and creative community engagement.

Haque is an artist of South Asian descent raised in Karachi, Pakistan. Her work combines oral histories, video performance and hand-drawn animation to explore the turbulent transformations of identity and place. She received an MFA in Painting from Boston University and teaches at Portland State University. In 2015 Haque was a TEDxMtHood speaker and artist-in-residence.

The final project installation will occur in Spring of 2017 at a location to be determined. For more information contact Kristin Calhoun at or 503.823.5401.

Guide to historical City records related to African Americans – now online!

Guide to historical City of Portland records related to African Americans – now online through Efiles

Cover of the African American Research Guide

The Oregon Archives Month (October) has been a busy month for the City of Portland Archives & Records Center (PARC)!  We kicked off the month with PARC-hosted event showcasing Portland-area archives.  We also debuted a new exhibit that was a collaboration between the PSU Archives & Special Collections, a PSU Honor’s class, and the City Archives.  Later in the month we held a trivia contest that tested people’s knowledge of Portland history.  All of these have been wonderful celebrations honoring archives, archivists, and the people who support local history and we thank everyone who has helped us celebrate. 

However we want to call attention to the research guide we first unveiled at the beginning of October: the Guide to historical City records related to African Americans.  The guide compiles PARC resources related to the African American community in order to help make your research just a little bit easier. 

The guide is also now available online!  You can find the guide using our online catalog, Efiles; along with the photos and documents used to create the publication.  So if you saw a photo or a document in the guide and would like take a closer look, you can now find it in Efiles.  

We have also worked with other archives and special collections in Oregon that house relevant historical materials that you might find interesting. There’s the Urban League Portland Chapter records at Oregon State University and almost sixty oral histories available at the Oregon Historical Society.  You can find these guides available on Efiles, too. 

Our goal for creating the guide, uploading the photos and documents and working with our colleagues is to help make your research even more successful.  We will continue to upload materials to these online files, so make sure you check back.

Go to our online record: African American History Guide and supporting materials

2015 Archives Month Trivia Quiz - Answers

Connie McCready with a group in her office in 1973

We’ve had a tremendous response to our Trivia Quiz!  Many thanks to those who took the quiz, and to everyone else who have helped us celebrate Oregon Archives Month by supporting the work that archives and archivists do! The quiz is now closed. The answers are posted below including the corrected question #1. That question will be tossed out of the mix, so folks who answered questions 2-9 correctly will be entered into a drawing for a free scan. We will contact the winner directly early next week.

2015 Trivia Quiz and Answers

1. The Orange line is the most recent light rail to open. In what year did Portland’s Eastside light rail service begin?


2. Portland’s first replica Liberty Bell was blown up in 1970. Where was the bell located when the explosion occurred?

City Hall

3. Dorothy Elmore was the first African American woman to earn the rank of police captain. In what year did this occur?


4. 2015 marks the 55th anniversary of which Portland landmark?

The Lloyd Center

5. The City Police force replaced the City Marshal’s office 145 years ago. When the new police headquarters was completed in 1872, where was it located?

SW 2nd and Oak

6. Portland contains many formerly incorporated towns; which of these areas was not previously incorporated?


7. Which mayor declared the week of December 3, 1979 Star Trek Week?

Connie McCready

8. Where is the Park Bureau’s Coe Circle located?

SE 39th & Glisan

9. In 1891 Columbia Park became a Portland park as a result of the consolidation of the Cities of Albina, East Portland and Portland. It was not until 1902 that it was given its current name. What was the park’s name prior to 1902?


Please send any questions to

Thank you again for participating and happy archives month!

2015 Archives Month Trivia Quiz

2015 Trivia quiz to celebrate Archives Month

View of Sunnyside street car line
To celebrate Oregon Archives month, we invite you to test your Portland knowledge against our Trivia Quiz. If you get all nine questions correct, your name will be entered into a drawing for one free high resolution scan from the City's collection of photos.
The Trivia quiz will end on October 31st or when we get 100 responses, whichever comes first. Answers and the winner will be posted here in early November.
Please send any questions to
Good luck and happy archives month!