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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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PARCThis Saturday, October 2nd, marks the first annual Oregon Archives Crawl.  The City of Portland Archives and Records Center (PARC) is one of the four archives sites you can visit between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. (Portland State University Library, Multnomah County Library Central Branch and the Oregon Historical Society are the other three).  Additionally, there will be representatives from 20 other institutions participating - see the list below to see who will be there.

Drop by PARC for tours, a chance to look at some historical records, and in general, check out what the Portland Archives has to offer!  Some additional activities:

At 12:00 noon Tanya March will discuss how she used appraisal records, scrap books, historic maps, Polk Directories and other resources found at the Archives to help pull together the exhibit materials for a new exhibit at the Architectural Heritage Centerand to expand her research on the Guilds Lake development during the 1930s and 40s. Bring your questions about doing a neighborhood history and how to incorporate archival records.

Throughout the day, Joanne Oleksiak will talk about her research on the 1977 Albina Mural project and what she learned at the Archives while preparing for the local component of a national exhibit on African American murals. The exhibit entitled Walls of Heritage, Walls of Pride will open at the Oregon Historical Society in November.

Please note that Saturday and the Archives Crawl is for celebrating and not for research! The Archives staff will be busy giving tours and showing off some of the historical collections and won't be able to accommodate research requests. If you'd like to do some research, we invite you to visit us during our normally scheduled Research Room hours.

List of participating organizations:

See you on Saturday!


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Joni Johnson

December 4, 2010 at 5:19 PM

I am trying to look up as much information as I can on our home? Permits, etc. any documention is that is availabe. I live at 16 SE 86th Ave portland Or 97216.

i understand that the previous owner George Anton
owned and lived here for about 75 years. How can I find what I'm looking for?


Mary Hansen

December 7, 2010 at 10:11 AM

Great question! Depending on what kinds of information you want to focus on first there are all kinds of resources available.

For historic permits you can go to, enter your address and click on the historic permits tab. You can also contact the Buildings records folks (

To learn about previous ownership, contact the county's assessment and taxation (

Another great resource for getting started is this PDF called Researching Your Historic Property (

You can also search our online database to see what kinds of records there might be regarding your neighborhood (

If you have more questions please contact us at

Good luck with your research!

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