ODOT History Center (503) 986-3284
Architectural Heritage Center (503) 231-7264
Chamber of Commerce (503) 224-8684
This guide is sponsored by the Bureau of Planning and will help you get started on your house research.
Resources available online and through Multnomah County
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.