[Libs-Or] Local Treasures - Special Collections and Archives in the Portland Area

Roberta Richards rrichard at pcc.edu
Tue Oct 27 11:46:46 PDT 2009

Local Treasures - Special Collections and Archives in the Portland Area 

Friday, December 4th , 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. 
Central Library, U.S. Bank Room
Multnomah County Library 
801 S.W. 10th Avenue, Portland 97205 

Workshop Description: 
The Portland area is rich in primary documents and historical records. Learn
about the wonderful resources available in local archives and special
collections, and their availablity to the public, in this training at
Multnomah County Central Library. Archivists and librarians will be
available to talk about their collections, including these local treasures: 

*	The Oregon <http://www.ohs.org/research/library/about-library.cfm>
Historical Society Research Library has gathered one of the most
comprehensive collections of local, state, and regional history in the
country, with holdings that chronicle the history of the Oregon Country from
early exploration to the present day. Collection strengths include: European
discovery, exploration, and settlement; Native Americans; local history,
family history, and genealogy; the fur trade; agriculture, timber, mining,
and fisheries; performing arts; business; architecture and building history;
politics and government; religion; and transportation
*	The City <http://www.portlandonline.com/auditor/index.cfm?c=26978>
of Portland Archives and Records Center  is the official repository for
records created by or for the City of Portland and its agencies.  The
collections provide important historical evidence of the development of city
government since 1851. Research subjects documented by the collection
include public policy, urban planning, parks, land use, public works,
economic development, public safety and social issues. The collection
includes reports and studies, correspondence and memoranda from city
agencies, and elected officials, maps and plans, and nearly 750,000
photographic images of City projects and personnel. 
*	The Multnomah
CM1000003bc614acRCRD>  County Archives contains records documenting county
activities from its formation in 1854 until the present. The collection of
records, maps and drawings, audio recordings and microfilm provide
historical evidence of the Board of County Commissioners, Community Justice,
Community Services, County Human Services, Health, Library Services, defunct
agencies, and much more.
*	Central Library's <http://www.multcolib.org/about/mcl-wilson.html>
John Wilson Special Collections houses the rare book and other special
collections of Multnomah County Library. Six core collections include those
devoted to the book arts and the history of the book; children's literature;
natural history; Pacific Northwest history; literature with particular
strengths of Charles Dickens and D. H. Lawrence; and Native American
*	Oregon Jewish <http://www.ojm.org/>  Museum: As the only Jewish
museum in the Pacific Northwest, the Oregon Jewish Museum houses the largest
collection of the documented and visual history of the Jewish people of
Oregon in existence. The Special Collections Archives contains personal
papers, institutional records, and ephemeral material dating from 1850 to
the present, representing 450 individuals, families and organizations and
*	Oregon State <http://www.oregon.gov/OSL/>  Library: In addition to a
strong collection of materials on Oregon history and culture, the Oregon
State Library has an extensive collection of Oregon documents (documents
published by State and Territorial governments) which include monographs,
serials, audio-visual items and maps from 1851 to the present. The State
Library also has manuscripts and photographs from the WPA Writers Project
and a collection of 5000-plus photographs primarily of Oregon government
officials and buildings, and the Salem area.

Educate yourself about these wonderful resources, and then share your
knowledge with your library users or students!


Diana Banning has been the City Archivist for the City of Portland since
1997.  She has an MLS from the University of Washington (pre "I-School") and
is a Certified Archivist.  
Terry Baxter is the County Archivist for Multnomah County. He has worked as
an archivist for 25 years at the Oregon State Archives, Pacific Corp, and
Multnomah County.. 
Jim Carmin has been the librarian at Multnomah County Library's John Wilson
Special Collections since 1998.  Along with a particular fondness for
correspondence, his special interests include book arts and literary arts,
which are also the subject of many exhibitions that he's curated during the
last decade. 
Shawna Gandy is an archivist at the Oregon Historical Society   She has an
MA in History from PSU, and is active in library preservation.
Dave Hegeman is the Special Collections Coordinator and the Business
Reference Librarian at the Oregon State Library. 
Bob Kingston, the moderator for the training, is a reference librarian at
Portland Community College. 
Anne Prahl has been working with the collection at the Oregon Jewish Museum
since 1995. She has a Masters Degree in Anthropology and Folklore from the
University of Texas, Austin.

Student rate: $25
Regular rate: $35

Register at http://www.portals.org/events/local_treasures/registration.html 


Questions?  Contact Roberta Richards at 503-977-4571 or rrichard at pcc.edu 



Roberta Richards, MLS

Library CE Outreach, Reference Librarian
SY LIB 202, Portland Community College
PO Box 19000
Portland, OR 97280-0990
rrichard at pcc.edu
phone: 503-977-4571


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