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The City of Portland, Oregon

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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Frequently Requested Phone Numbers and Website Links


City of Portland
Buildings Records   (503) 823-7660
Police Records  (503) 823-0043
Fire Records (503) 823-1398
Recorder's Office  (503) 823-4082
Information & Referral  (503) 823-4000
Multnomah County
Archives  (503) 988-3741
Assessment & Taxation  (503) 988-3326
Recorder's Office  (503) 988-3034
Divorce Records  (503) 988-3471
Library Reference Desk  (503) 988-5234
State of Oregon
Archives  (503) 373-0701
Vital Records  (971) 673-1190
Oregon counties hold birth and death certificates that occurred in Oregon for the first 6 months, then the records transfer to the State of Oregon. Marriage and divorce certificates that occurred in Oregon are held with the State. The state office has birth and death records dating from July, 1903; marriage records from 1906 and divorce certificates (not decrees) from 1925.

ODOT History Center (503) 986-3284

Oregon Voter's Pamphlet Project

Other Institutions
Oregon Historical Society  (503) 222-1741

Architectural Heritage Center (503) 231-7264

Chamber of Commerce  (503) 224-8684


Federal Information Center  (800) 688-9889
Port of Portland  (503) 231-5000
National Archives (866) 272-6272
*NARA Online Public Access search:
Other Resources

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

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.


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.

Portland's Transportation History
Read about Portland transportation history through I-5 construction. Check out the Portland Transportation History Timeline.


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.