Bonneville Power Administration

Check out this awesome repository tour!

Repository Name:  Bonneville Power Administration Library & Visitor Center

Contact Name: Libby Burke

Contact Phone: 503-230-4027 direct OR Main Library Phone 503-230-7323

Contact Email: archives.library@bpa.gov

Capacity: Limited to 8 per tour. Please contact archives.library@bpa.gov to sign up in advance

Description: Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) started in 1937 as a public agency to transmit and market hydroelectric power generated from the Bonneville and Grand Coulee dams.  The Federal Columbia River Power System has since grown to 31 dams, as well as non-federal dams and one nuclear plant. These dams generate clean, renewable, carbon-free hydropower for the farms, businesses and residents of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. BPA is a vital part of the PNW economy, as well as a conservator of the fish and wildlife whose habitats have been impacted due to the dam system. The abundance of hydropower generation during World War II enabled BPA to supply electricity to aluminum plants, ship building, Boeing, and other manufacturers of war materiel on a 24/7 basis.

The BPA Archives consists of promotional films and brochures, hundreds of thousands of still images, and thousands of documents in its Library, written for, by or about BPA. The documents have all been scanned; the photos, negatives and slides are in process, and most of the films have been digitized and made available on DVD and YouTube.  All this content will soon be available to the public through a digital asset management system. The Archives also holds a number of research collections, such as the 400+ box Sam Moment Aluminum Collection, and receives donations from inside and outside the agency. The BPA Library recently opened a Visitor Center that gives a museum-quality experience in a small space, with exhibits on all phases of BPA history, geography and other aspects of the expanse of BPA in the Northwest. You are invited to visit for a tour and talk with the archivists. Space is limited!

Directions: BPA Headquarters is located at 905 NE 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97232. It is between Lloyd and Holladay streets. One block south of the DoubleTree Inn, and a few blocks east of the Oregon Convention Center, within walking distance. Conveniently located kitty-corner from the Lloyd Center Max light rail stop for the Blue, Green and Red lines.

Special Note: The BPA Library & Visitor Center is located in a secure building, so visitors should prepare for a security screening similar to that of an airport. Visitors must present their government-issued picture ID and be ready to have their bags searched. They will then get a badge that allows entry to the Library, lobby and café. There are no public restrooms available.

Date: Wednesday, July 26

Time: 11 am, 1pm,  3pm (3 tours). The Visitor Center and exhibits are also open M-F 7:30-4:30

Website:  BPA Library & Visitor Center

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