SAVE THE DATE: October 20, 2018

The Oregon Archives Crawl is returning October 20th and we want to make sure you keep your calendar clear so you can join us!

October is National Archives Month and we would love for you to join us at the Archives Crawl to help us celebrate archives, history, and the people and organizations who work hard to collect, preserve, and make these historical records available to you.

The host sites for this year’s Crawl are: the City of Portland Archives & Records Center, the Oregon Historical Society, and the Multnomah County Library (Central Branch). Participating organizations will be announced at a later date.

Keep an eye on this page for updates and information.


2017 Update

The Oregon Archives Crawl is organized and run by volunteers with the goal of hosting the event every other year. While the Crawl is not happening for 2017, archives throughout the region are celebrating Archives Month in a variety of ways. Listed on this page are activities for you to enjoy, or check out these local organizations to see what they are up to.

Remember: any day is a great day to dive into local history!

Oregon Archives Crawl Posters!

This year we worked with two graphic design students to create the 2016 Oregon Archives Crawl poster. Both Lauren and Kylie created such unique and appealing designs that we couldn’t choose between the two. So this year we have two posters for the crawl and we couldn’t be happier.  You can learn more about both graphic designers by visiting their websites.


Kylie Thalhofer


Lauren Hurrle



We want YOU to join us for the 2016 Oregon Archives Crawl!

The Oregon Archives Crawl is back and we want YOU to “crawl” between the City of Portland Archives & Records Center, the Oregon Historical Society and the Multnomah County Library where you can explore our region’s history with 28 local archives, special collections and heritage organizations. Celebrate National Archives Month while discovering the wealth of information that can be found in your local archives. Whether your interests include the history of Japanese internment, the impacts of urban renewal on Portland, or resources for finding your family’s history, the Oregon Archives Crawl has something for everyone.

We call upon young and old, history buff and scholar, vintage photo lover, genealogist, building researcher and those who are just curious to stand up and be counted on Saturday, October 8th between 11 and 3. Archives are for everyone, so show your support by attending the 2016 Oregon Archives Crawl!

Participating organizations:
Architectural Heritage Center
Friends of Historic Forest Grove
Genealogical Forum of Oregon
George Fox University/NWYM Archives
GLAPN – Northwest LGBTQ History
Lewis & Clark College
Multnomah County Archives
John Wilson Special Collections, Multnomah County Library
Northwest History Network
Oregon Black Pioneers
OHSU Historical Collections & Archives
Oregon Nikkei Endowment
Oregon State Archives
OSU Special Collections & Archives Research Center
Pacific U. Archives
PSU Library Special Collections & University Archives
PSU Architecture, Engineering & Construction Archives
Silverton Country Historical Society
Troutdale Historical Society
Vanport Mosaic
Washington County Museum
Willamette University Archives and Special Collections
World of Speed Motorsports Museum



Saturday, October 8th
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Start at any of the following locations: City of Portland Archives & Records Center, the Oregon Historical Society or the Multnomah County Library

Free and open to the public

Oregon Archives Crawl – Frequently Asked Questions

Who can attend the Oregon Archives Crawl?
Anyone. Everyone. Bring your kids. Bring your parents. Bring your neighbors. This event is free and open to the public.

Can I bring my pet?
No. We love animals too, but animals and archives are not great companions.

I’ve been meaning to do research on my family/house/neighborhood/etc. Can you help me?
Sure! Take some time to chat with any one of the representatives from 30 different Oregon archives that will be on-hand to discuss your research and help you decide where to start.

Will I be able to research during the event?
No, this event is about celebrating archives, raising awareness about local resources and talking to local archivists about your interests and questions about research. You can get a taste of what is possible so you can plan future research visits.

Where can I park?
There is street parking, surface lots and several parking garages in the area. There is no designated parking area. Each of the host locations is also easily accessible by Tri-Met bus or train (

Will the Oregon Archives Crawl happen again next year?
The Oregon Archives Crawl is organized and run by volunteers with the goal of hosting it every other year.

History: Feed Your Head

ArchivesMonth2015Portland may be a foodie town, but it isn’t always food that feeds our hunger. If your head is hungry for some knowledge, let us fill it with Portland history! Do you have a craving to know where you can find maps of the city from the 1890s? Are you hankering to learn about the history of Portland’s Japantown? Do you have an appetite for local oral histories? Or does a sampling of strange, old medical tools interest you?

We have that and more waiting for you as we kick off Oregon Archives Month with a smorgasbord of Portland-area archives. Join us on Saturday, October 3rd from 11 AM to 3 PM at the Portland Archives and Records Center. Take a behind the scenes tour of the City’s archives and see history up close and personal.

Talk with local area archivists representing 12 different archives:
City of Portland
Gay & Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest
Lewis & Clark College
Multnomah County
Oregon Health & Science University
Oregon Historical Society
Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education
Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center
Portland State University
PSU’s Architecture, Engineering and Construction

Come hungry and feed your head!
Saturday October 3rd
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Portland Archives & Records Center
1800 SW 6th Ave, Suite 550
Free and open to the public