We have been in our new home on the Portland State University campus for over a year, but today (May 3rd) marks our one year anniversary of reopening our Research Room. It also marks our move from appointment only to open research hours. New building, new hours, new procedures, there were lots of new things to get used to in our first year. All in all the changes have been great.
Our new location downtown and drop-in hours for research have definitely had a positive impact on the number of researchers through our doors. Students, city employees, businesses and citizens - all with varied research interests – have found that it is easier to get to the Archives now. Daily open hours have encouraged people to drop in more frequently and for multiple visits. The end result is more people accessing and utilizing city records.
In addition to helping researchers, we’ve given many tours of our new space during the course of the year. We’re excited about our new building and love to share a behind-the-scenes look at where 160 year’s worth of City history resides. Look for upcoming opportunities to tour the Archives and Records Center, like the 2011 Oregon Archives Crawl on October 15th. Or, if you can’t wait that long and have a group who would like to arrange a tour, please contact us.
If you haven’t stopped by to do some research, we hope you drop in soon.