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

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