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Most City offices closed Wednesday, June 19, to observe Juneteenth

The City of Portland recognizes Juneteenth as a formal day of remembrance to honor Black American history and the end of slavery in the United States. Learn about Juneteenth.

A note on translation and transcription in the Archives

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Section of a handwritten Ordinance from 1873 regarding a small pox hospital

The City Archives contains records created by or for City government going back to 1851. Roughly 98% of all of the records are written in English. If you are interested in doing research in the City's records and you are not fluent in English, we suggest utilizing a translator for help with searching, reference and reviewing materials.

In addition, most of the older records are hand written in cursive. If you do not read cursive, you may need to find someone to help you transcribe the materials. Staff are able to help with some reading of cursive, but can’t transcribe entire documents.