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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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Research Resources for Teachers

Archives in the Classroom: finding primary source material


Archives West - provides access to descriptions of primary sources in the western United States (Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho, Alaska and Utah), including correspondence, diaries or photographs. Digital reproductions of the materials are available in some cases.

Multnomah County Library or your local library – provides access to materials onsite and online including the Sanborn Insurance maps, Polk City Directories, and the Historic Oregonian.

Oregon Encyclopedia - An Authoritative and Free Resource on All Things Oregon, which a specific section for teachers using the Oregon Encyclopedia in the classroom.

Oregon Historical Society – provides access to Oregon-related materials, including photographs, manuscripts, books, maps, oral histories, motion pictures, videotapes, newspapers, and ephemera. Some materials are available online

Oregon State Archives – provides a variety of guides, records and indexes of people places, history and legislation for the State of Oregon

Oregon State University Archives and Special Collections –collections encompass manuscripts, archives, rare books, oral histories, photographs, ephemera, audio/visual materials, electronic and born digital records. Subject areas are OSU and Oregon focused with an extensive Multicultural and Queer Archives.

Portland State University Special Collections and University Archives - holdings include books, journals, manuscripts, documents, photographs, maps, graphic novels, audio-visual material, and realia, spanning the 15th century to the present.

PSU also houses the Oregon Public Speakers Collection – digitally available recordings of over two hundred speeches, interviews, panel discussions, and readings by scholars, activists, politicians, authors, artists, and community members.

Videos about using archival materials in the classroom

Primary Documents

Written Documents