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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

Buildings Records   (503) 823-7660

Police Records  (503) 823-0043

Fire Records (503) 823-1398

Information & Referral  (503) 823-4000

Historic Resources & Preservation (503) 823-7700

Individual Historic Resources & Landmarks

Multnomah County

Archives  (503) 988-3741

Property Ownership Information

Assessment & Taxation  (503) 988-3326

Recorder's Office  (503) 988-3034

Divorce Records  (503) 988-3471

Election Results and Historical Information

Library Reference Desk  (503) 988-5234

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

Oregon Historical Society  (503) 222-1741

PSU Population Center  (503) 725-3922
PSU Archives Digital Gallery

Genealogical Forum of Oregon  (503) 963-1932

Architectural Heritage Center (503) 231-7264

Chamber of Commerce  (503) 224-8684

Federal Information Center  (800) 688-9889

Port of Portland  (503) 231-5000

US Army Corp of Engineers - Portland District

-US Army Corp of Engineers Digital Library

National Archives (866) 272-6272

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