Lewis & Clark, Watzek Library Special Collections Repository Tour

Repository Name: Lewis & Clark, Watzek Library Special Collections
Contact Name: Dr. Hannah Crummé
Contact Phone: 1.503.768.7259
Contact email: hcrumme@lclark.edu
Capacity: 20
Description: Please join us to explore some of the literary archives of Lewis & Clark College. We’ll consider the recently opened papers of Katherine Dunn, the extensive daily writings of William Stafford, and the poignant journals of Karl Marlantes, alongside many others.
Directions: We can be found on Lewis & Clark Campus, 0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd, Portland, OR 97219. During the summer (mid-May through August), parking is free on the undergraduate campus. Reserved parking for disabled visitors is distributed throughout lots. Bicycle parking is also available at the library. Lewis & Clark can also be reached via TriMet, bus line 39. For schedule information, visit www.trimet.org or call 503-238-7433.
Date and time: Wednesday, 26 July, 10:00am-12:00 noon
Website: http://specialcollections.lclark.edu


Reed College Special Collections & Archives Repository Tour

Repository Name: Reed College Special Collections & Archives
Contact Name: Laura Buchholz
Contact Phone: 503-517-7629
Contact Email: laura.buchholz@reed.edu
Capacity: 15 people

Description: Come see treasures from Reed’s Special Collections & Archives. Highlights include letters from beat poets, antiquarian maps, calligraphy, and Simeon Reed’s fishing pole! Meet in the library lobby, just inside the north entrance of the library.
Directions: Reed is located in SE Portland, about a mile from the MAX Orange line. Go east up Bybee Blvd and then Woodstock Blvd, and turn left into the main entrance of Reed College. Or, take the 19 bus from the MAX station and get off on Woodstock and 34th. The library entrance is on the north side of the building.
Date: Wednesday 7/26
Time: The tour starts at 10 and will last about an hour. Visitors are welcome to stay after the tour to visit the rest of the library and the beautiful Reed canyon.

Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education Repository Tour

Repository Name:  Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education

724 NW Davis Street. Portland, OR 97209

Contact Name:       Anne LeVant Prahl

Contact Phone:      (503) 226-3600 #102

Contact Email:        curator@ojmche.org

Capacity:                 several hundred

Description:            Explore our museum with six inaugural exhibitions including art exhibits: Grisha Bruskin: Alefbet, Herman Brookman: Visualizing the Sacred, and history exhibits: Discrimination and Resistance; an Oregon Primer, Oregon Jewish Stories, and The Holocaust; and Oregon Perspective. Tour our community repository, containing the collective documentary history of the Jews of Oregon.

Directions:                 GREEN line MAX from Convention Center to NW 5th and Couch. Walk 2 blocks west on Davis Street to 724 (corner of the Park Blocks)

Date and Time:     Open house Tuesday, July 25, 3:00-5:00

Website:                 www. ojmche.org

City of Portland Archives & Records Center

Repository tour information below!

Repository Name: City of Portland Archives & Records Center (PARC).

Contact Name: Diana Banning

Contact Phone: 503-865-4100

Contact Email: diana.banning@portlandoregon.gov

Capacity:  30

Description: The City of Portland Archives & Records Center is the official repository for records created by City agencies and dates back to 1851.  Due to Portland’s innovative approach to issues like urban planning, parks, alternative transportation, and neighborhood involvement, the collections draw researchers from around the world.   PARC’s new facility opened in 2010 and the 5th floor Research Room provides a stunning view of the city.  Come tour the stacks, view a selection of materials highlighting the City’s history, and check out the view!  For those with an interest, we will provide a demonstration of our electronic records management system, HP Records Manager

Directions: PARC is located in the Portland State University’s Academic and Student Recreation Center (ASRC) building.  The address is 1800 SW 6th Avenue, suite 550.  The building is between SW 5th and SW 6th Avenues, which serve as the Transit Mall in the downtown core. The front of the building faces the bricked Urban Center Plaza.  Enter the doors and take the elevator to the 5th floor; take a right off of the elevator and you’ve arrived!

If traveling via MAX, take either the Green, Orange, or Yellow lines heading to the City Center/PSU and get off at the PSU Urban Center/SW 5th & Mill Street stop (Stop ID 7618).   Once you exit the MAX, look to your left and you’ll see the ASRC.

If traveling via the Streetcar, you can take the NS Line, B Loop, S Line.  Depending on the direction you are coming from you’ll get off at SW 5th & Montgomery (Stop ID 10763), or at the PSU Urban Center (Stop ID 10764).

Date: Tuesday, July 25th

Time: 2:30-4

Website: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/archives/26978

Genealogical Forum of Oregon Repository Tour

Repository Name: Genealogical Forum of Oregon

Contact Name: Judith Leppert and LauraDenise White

Contact Phone: 503-962-9405

Contact Email: tours@gfo.org / manuscripts@gfo.org

Capacity: 70

Description: “Discover your family history at the Genealogical Forum of Oregon! Whether you are from Oregon, Virginia, Canada, or Ireland, our research library offers over 43,000 holdings with records from around the globe. As the largest genealogical library between Seattle and San Francisco, visitors have access to many popular genealogy websites. Check our website at gfo.org for online resources, our library catalog, and the GFO calendar for upcoming free classes and workshops. Open seven days a week, the Library is located on the lower level of the historic Ford Building in southeast Portland.”

Directions: http://gfo.org/who-we-are/visit-us/ (address: 2505 SE 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97202, accessible via TriMet bus #4 or #70, and Max’s Orange Line at the Clinton/SE 12th Ave stop)

Date: Tuesday, July 25th

Time: Tour at 2:00pm. The library is open from 9:30am until 5pm.

Website: www.gfo.org

Other: We would love to showcase all aspects of our collection, although the SAA Members may find especially interesting our manuscripts collections and digitization project.

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

OHSU Historical Collections & Archives Repository Tour

Repository Name: OHSU Historical Collections & Archives
Contact Name: Meg Langford
Contact Phone: 503-494-5587
Contact Email: langform@ohsu.edu
Capacity: Limited to 15 people; sign up via email is required

Description: Tour the fascinating repository of rare books, medical artifacts, and archival materials at Oregon’s largest academic health center, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). Meet OHSU Historical Collections & Archives staff at the Portland Aerial Tram lower terminal on Portland’s South Waterfront, and enjoy a beautiful, panoramic city view on a free tram ride. Once on OHSU’s main Marquam Hill campus, the tour will include our main library, our central exhibit space, and our research room in the historic Old Library building, featuring a pop-up display of highlights from our collections. The tour ends in a return trip on the aerial tram. Enjoy lunch or happy hour independently at nearby food trucks along the South Waterfront campus.

Accessibility notes: Lots of walking; Parts of tour are accessible via stairs only.

Directions:  The tour meeting location is highlighted on this map, which offers customized public transit, bicycle, and driving directions from any location:https://goo.gl/maps/8oiMVRntGL82. Travel via public transportation (streetcar, MAX light rail, or bus) or bike is strongly encouraged, as parking is very difficult.

Date: Tuesday

Time: 1:30-3:30

Website:   http://www.ohsu.edu/library/hca

Oregon Museums Making Collections Accessible

Contributed by SAA Host Committee Member, Katrina O’Brien, World of Speed Collection Manager & Archivist

Oregon has a wide array of museums covering everything from Japanese and Jewish history to environment science, gaming and motorsports, local and national art and heritage, and corporate history. While this is only a small snapshot of Oregon’s museums, each of these museums are utilizing artifact and archival collections as part of their museum experience, special programs, and online resources.



mus1Preserving the stories of the Nikkei—Japanese emigrants and their descendants—of the Pacific Northwest, the Center offers both traveling and onsite exhibits, as well as a research library. It also offers onsite and walking tour apps that provide multiple avenues to experience the Center’s archival collection. As part of its Oregon Nikkei Endowment’s Visual History Collection, over 50 recorded video interviews are accessible online through the Densho Digital Archive.






Mus2OHS looks to “explore the people, places, and events that have shaped the history of Oregon and America.” Besides its digital history websites, The Oregon Encyclopedia, Oregon History Project, and Oregon History Wayfinder, its new OHS Digital Collections website opens a wider window into the OHS Research Library’s collections. At the same time, the OHS Museum provides equally thought-provoking, interactive museum exhibits that make history visible and accessible.






mus3The WFC Discovery Museum offers an interactive experience for visitors to be “both educated and entertained as they learn about the importance of forests and trees in our lives, as well as environmental sustainability.” Visitors find exhibits that pique curiosity and encourage active learning about the forests of the Pacific Northwest and the interconnectedness of global forests, along with the Leadership Hall that celebrates contributors in forestry.




mus4Housing one of the largest publicly accessible game and puzzle collections in the world, IMOGAP seeks to “document and celebrate all aspects of gaming culture” with more than 4,000 games to play. While most of the collection are tabletop games, the collection also includes construction, knowledge, electronic, skill games, and more. The museum offers visitors hands-on tables for gaming along with historical and interpretive displays, and shelves featuring select picks from the collection.




mus5Besides supporting the World of Speed motorsports museum’s exhibits and education programs, the Archive offers “points of access while preserving the rich history of motorsports” with the museum’s complete collection catalog, collection highlights, and digital video collection available online. Besides being open to the public, the Archive Room hosts Open Archive Days each month, offering visitors gloved interaction with select items in the archive collection not currently on display.




mus6Wells Fargo has eleven museums throughout the country, including Portland. Besides artifacts specific to the Pacific Northwest, the museum utilizes the Wells Fargo Corporate Archive to produce local museum exhibits with materials that “range from historical images and objects to modern day marketing samples and digital records.” A select group of its archives are also available online including a photography and advertisement collection documenting the company’s origins, development, operations, and impact.





mus7Founded in 1892, PAM is the oldest art museum in the Pacific Northwest with a collection of 42,000 objects reflecting the history of art from ancient times to today, including North America native peoples’ arts, modern and contemporary art, and Asian and American art. PAM’s Crumpacker Family Library, the region’s most comprehensive visual art resource, holds a collection of over 35,000 volumes originated in 1895 and includes current and historical periodicals, and art archives.





OJMCHE’s artifact and archive collections “document the experiences of Oregon Jews from our earliest history through today.” It acquired the holdings of the Jewish Historical Society of Oregon in 1995, including 150 oral history interviews. In 2014, the Oregon Jewish Museum merged with the Oregon Holocaust Resource Center, taking on the care of the center’s records, artifacts, and oral history interviews of Holocaust survivors and liberators.






Local Repositories

Portland area archives welcome you!  Portland is full of archives devoted to preserving many aspects of our region’s history.  Many will be open for repository tours during SAA2017 alike/different.  Please enjoy this peek at some local collections!

Local Organizations

This page includes a partial list of archives and heritage organizations in the Portland metro area and throughout Oregon. To learn more about each institution or organization click on the link.

localarchivesArchitectural Heritage Center
Association of Personal Historians
City of Portland Archives & Records Center
Friends of Historic Forest Grove
Genealogical Forum of Oregon
George Fox University/NWYM Archives
GLAPN- Northwest LGBTQ History
Hellenic-American Cultural Center & Museum
Lewis & Clark College Watzek Library
Mazamas Archives & Museum
Metro Records & Information Management Program
Multnomah County Records Management & Archives
Multnomah County Library – John Wilson Special Collections
Northwest History Network
Oregon Black Pioneers
Oregon Encyclopedia
OHSU Historical Collections & Archives
Oregon Historical Society
Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education
Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center
Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Oregon State Archives
Oregon State Library
Oregon State University Archives
Pacific University Archives
Portland Art Museum Library
Portland Police Historical Society
Portland State University Special Collections & University Archives
PSU Architecture, Engineering & Construction Archives
University of Oregon (Portland)
Silverton Country Historical Society
Troutdale Historical Society
Vanport Mosaic
Washington County Heritage Online
Washington County Museum
Western Oregon University Archives
Willamette University Archives and Special Collections
World of Speed Motorsports Museum


Source: Local Organizations

The Art of the Archive


THURSDAY, JULY 27TH, 6:00-9:00 PM


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As a special treat for SAA annual meeting attendees, the Oregon Historical Society will open its doors free of charge on Thursday evening, July 27th.  Guests are invited to tour OHS exhibits and to sit in on a lecture/performance titled The Art of the Archive : The Intersection of Archives and Art by Geoff Wexler, former OHS library director, and Jennifer Strayer, curator and author.   Exhibits will be open from 6:00-9:00 PM and the lecture/performance begins at 7:00.  Light refreshments will be provided.


The Oregon Historical Society is located in the heart of Portland’s Cultural District on the corner of SW Park and SW Madison Streets, across the South Park Blocks from the Portland Art Museum.  If you take the MAX Red or Blue lines, get off at Pioneer Courthouse Square and walk 4 blocks south (uphill) on SW Broadway, then turn right on SW Madison (uphill) and go one block, turning left to the front entrance of OHS.  If you take the MAX Green or Yellow lines, get off on SW 5th Avenue and Madison St. and walk 3 blocks uphill on Madison St., turning left on SW Park to the OHS front entrance.


For OHS information, please contact Ally Scott at Ally.Scott@ohs.org.

For information on the program content, please contact Geoff Wexler at zth1931@gmail.com



ART OF THE ARCHIVE : The intersection of Archives and Art

A lecture/performance by Jennifer Strayer and Geoff Wexler


Archivists and artists may work in very different sorts of professions, but there is a great deal of overlap in what they do.  In fact, many artists are themselves archivists — of a sort — and archivists often become artists.  When art intersects with archives, many innovative and imaginative things may occur.   The lecture will explore many aspects of this issue with a focus on relevance to the archivist.  From the medieval wunderkammer of European nobility to the contemporary artworks of people like Any Warhol and Christian Boltanski, we will look at artists who draw on established archives or actually create archives of their own.  We will see how these artists use materials in ways that may never have been thought of before, challenging conventions of what is suitable to retain and what may actually constitute an archive.


As an adjunct to our lecture, we will present a performance piece developed by former Oregon Historical Society library director Geoff Wexler, based entirely on archival material from the vast repository of OHS collections.  Mr. Wexler will provide live piano music as part of the performance.