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Archives Month 2021

Join us in celebrating American Archives Month in October! Even though the pandemic continues to keep us apart physically, we are bringing you online or socially distanced activities to take you behind the scenes, introduce you to archival collections, talk about what we do, and bring you activities you can do on your own.

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2021 Activities and Events

Virtual Scavenger Hunt

City of Portland Archives Join the City of Portland Archives and Records Center online for a virtual scavenger hunt to celebrate Oregon Archives Month! Complete the scavenger hunt by searching…

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Oregon’s Synagogues

Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education Today Oregon is home to nearly 40 synagogues, representing a delicate balance of old and new and all exemplifying unique regional sensibilities.…

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Introduction to Historic Black Newspapers of Portland

Portland State University Special Collections and University Archives PSU Library Special Collections’ Historic Black Newspapers of Portland contains original and digital versions of newspapers published by Black-owned presses in Portland and the Pacific…

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Color the Archives

Multiple Organizations Fun for kids of all ages! Print out the Oregon archives coloring book to bring the archives alive with your own imagination (and crayons). Images from: Architectural Heritage…

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Tour de Multnomah: Inner Eastside

Multnomah County Archives Join Multnomah County Archives on this first installment of a series of self-guided tours through the County. Each itinerary features notable (but not always noticed) locations in…

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OHSU Collection Highlights

Oregon Health & Sciences University Explore some of the fascinating historical collections at OHSU from anywhere in the world. Our newly produced Collection Highlight videos will be posted on our…

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Marquam Hill Campus History Tour

Oregon Health & Science University Take a virtual history tour of OHSU’s Marquam Hill campus from home, using the web or a mobile device! Each entry shares some historical context…

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Couch Historian Web Class

Willamette Heritage Center Want to learn more about researching Marion County History without leaving your house? Hone some new research skills as our archive mascot Maude A. Spider teaches you…

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OSU Library History Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt

Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center Visit the OSU Valley Library for a self-guided exploration of the past lives of this dynamic building and collect random stickers…

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Virtual Scavenger Hunt

City of Portland Archives

Join the City of Portland Archives and Records Center online for a virtual scavenger hunt to celebrate Oregon Archives Month!

Complete the scavenger hunt by searching through Efiles for the items listed in the survey. Each item on the survey will require you to find the item and list the record number on the survey. If you get all the answers correct, you will be entered into a drawing. Three lucky winners with receive a prize.

Get your responses in by October 31, 2021 in order to be considered for the drawing.

Introduction to Historic Black Newspapers of Portland

Portland State University Special Collections and University Archives

PSU Library Special Collections’ Historic Black Newspapers of Portland contains original and digital versions of newspapers published by Black-owned presses in Portland and the Pacific Northwest from the 1910s to the 1980s. Portland activist and community leader Verdell Rutherford collected the original papers, which were donated to Portland State in 2012 by her daughter Charlotte as part of the Rutherford Family Collection. 

With support from a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust, Special Collections has preserved and reproduced the Historic Black Newspapers of Portland collection with high-resolution, searchable digital scans of each issue and full-size color print facsimiles. These preservation copies make the full collection accessible online from PDXScholar and also allow readers to flip through the pages and experience the papers’ physical size, scale, and arrangement. With this tutorial, we will provide the user a guide on how to access these newspapers electronically.

Oregon’s Synagogues

Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education

Today Oregon is home to nearly 40 synagogues, representing a delicate balance of old and new and all exemplifying unique regional sensibilities. Take a look at this presentation to see an evolution of Portland’s congregational life.

Archives Month 2021 at Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum

Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum

During the month of October, Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum will tour through our archival spaces. Celebrating female aviators, Black veterans, and the always incredible Hughes Flying Boat, Spruce Goose, Archives Month 2021 at EASM highlights the Museum’s collections ahead of our Collections Project capital campaign.

Color the Archives

Multiple Organizations

Fun for kids of all ages! Print out the Oregon archives coloring book to bring the archives alive with your own imagination (and crayons).

Images from:

  • Architectural Heritage Center
  • City of Portland Archives & Records Center
  • George Fox University Archives
  • Multnomah County Archives,
  • OHSU Historical Collections & Archives
  • OSU Special Collections & Archives

Tour de Multnomah: Inner Eastside

Multnomah County Archives

Join Multnomah County Archives on this first installment of a series of self-guided tours through the County. Each itinerary features notable (but not always noticed) locations in a certain region. We provide the route and directions for biking or taking public transportation. Along the way, you’ll see items from the Archives’ collections and read stories that shed light on the significance of each sight.

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Oregon Historical Society Research Library Re-Opening

Oregon Historical Society

After nearly two years of renovation, the Oregon Historical Society’s research library is eager to re-open a modernized downtown reading room on October 15, 2021. Enhancements include a reconfigured reference desk; the Pietro Belluschi Architectural Resource Center, which will provide a focal point for the study of architecture and a well-equipped meeting space for instruction; a new map and architecture viewing station; and physical improvements that promote accessibility and inclusion for all users.

While admission to OHS’s research library is always free, advance reservations are currently required to allow for physical distancing of researchers due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic; please contact libreference@ohs.org to book your visit.

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OHSU Collection Highlights

Oregon Health & Sciences University

Explore some of the fascinating historical collections at OHSU from anywhere in the world. Our newly produced Collection Highlight videos will be posted on our website throughout the month of October and shared via our social media. Follow us on Twitter or Instagram to learn when new videos are added.