Memorial Day closure

Most City of Portland offices will be closed Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day.

Resources for Archival Research

Resources to help researchers find local records and information outside of the City's collections.

The City Archives have records created by or for City government. We have thousands of records but sometimes researchers need suggestions for resources outside of the City Archives. The list below is based on questions researchers and member of the public.

City of Portland

Multnomah County

State of Oregon

  • Archives  (503) 373-0701
  • Oregon Blue Book
  • Vital Records  (971) 673-1190
    • Oregon counties hold birth and death certificates that occurred in Oregon for the first 6 months, then the records transfer to the State of Oregon. Marriage and divorce certificates that occurred in Oregon are held with the State. The state office has birth and death records dating from July, 1903; marriage records from 1906 and divorce certificates (not decrees) from 1925.
  • ODOT History Center (503) 986-3284

Other Institutions