Press Releases from 2004

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Posters from 2004

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2004 Events

City of Portland

In celebration of Oregon's first Archives Week, the City of Portland's Stanley Parr Archives and Records Management Program held an open house on October 14, 2004. Although the event marked the 5th annual open house for the program, the date was moved from its August date to coincide with Archives Week.

The open house was intended primarily for city employees and included facility tours; a trivia contest (with prizes); show-and-tell tables with a variety of archival material; and a photo slide show. The open house also marked the unveiling of our latest exhibit on the city's sewer system, entitled: "From Cesspools to Big Pipes: Portland's Sewer Projects, 1870-2004". As a way of enticing people to the open house, root beer floats were served (and consumed) in the parking lot area in front of the building. In addition to the open house, Mayor Katz passed a proclamation honoring Archives Week.

Multnomah County Archives

The County Records Management Program conducted tours of its new records center and archives on Monday, October 11th and Wednesday, October 13th. On Monday, the tours were promoted to the public and had 8 visitors, including the State Archivist and the City of Portland Archivist. On Tuesday, the tours were promoted to county employees. There were 53 visitors on five tours.

The tours highlighted the reference room and staff offices, the new 3500 cubic foot county archives and the new 35,000 cubic foot county records center. The archives tour also included exhibits of historic county records and information about basic archival concepts. The tours ended with homemade snacks and various informational flyers about the records center and archives facilities, archives holdings in the county, and Archives Week in general.

The response was very positive. There were plenty of questions and people seemed genuinely interested and impressed with the facilities and operations. Several county employees have already called the program about sending archival records for storage. Anyone who'd like to do the same, should contact Terry Baxter at x83741 or

Oregon Historical Society

Preservation of Archival and Library Materials
Oregon Historical Society Research Library Staff will be available for advice on the preservation of archival materials Tuesday and Wednesday, October 12 and 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Society's Miller Pavilion (1200 SW Park Ave., Portland). Archivists will offer advice on identifying and preserving archival treasures, such as books, letters, diaries, manuscripts, business records, digital images, photographs and scrapbooks. Samples of many kinds of archival storage materials will be on display, and a variety of handouts will be available. Individuals families, organizations and businesses are invited to attend.

Research Library Open House
A Research Library Open House takes place from 10 a.m. - noon both days, with staff available to explain the library systems and show examples of the vast collection in the Oregon Historical Society Research Library. Collections include over 2.5 million photographs, 25,000 maps and 35,000 books.

Staff of the Oregon Historical Society Research Library will be available to talk with individuals about any historical materials they may be interested in donating. Although the Society cannot take everything offered, the Research Library professionals can give prospective donors an idea about the materials the Society collects, and can provide suggestions on how to gather and organize personal collections. Donations can become valuable resources for historians, genealogists, businesses and everyone interested in the Oregon Country.

The Oregon Historical Society's Moving Image Archivist will be available to answer questions and discuss the care and handling of family motion picture film and videotape. The Society's Moving Image Archives collection contains approximately 8.5 million feet of film on diverse subjects such as logging, fishing, family life, trolleys, aviation and industry from a variety of sources including newsreels, family movies and travel films. The collection spans the years 1902-1992. An expert from the Oregon Historical Society will present samples of various audio media to show the broad range of materials that archives deal with, the progression from early analog to digital formats, and various preservation problems.

Disaster Planning
An integral part of preserving archival heritage is planning for the unexpected catastrophic event, from a water leak to an earthquake or fire. For that reason, libraries in the greater Portland area and beyond have banded together under the auspices of the Portland Area Library System (PORTALS) to plan for and respond to library disasters. During Archives Week at the Oregon Historical Society, visit the PORTALS Disaster Response Group table for information on disaster preparedness, and to pick up information about the group's upcoming professional workshop series, "From Vulnerable to Vigilant."

Introduction of Northwest Digital Archives
As part of the Oregon Archives Week celebration, the Northwest Digital Archives is launching publicly on the World Wide Web with an invitation to "Discover the Sources of Northwest History." The Northwest Digital Archives is an online searchable database of more than 2,200 guides to primary sources at the Oregon Historical Society Research Library and 15 other research institutions in Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. The project is funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Many of the guides in the project were created as part of the Northwest Archival Processing Initiative, funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission

All Oregon Archives Week programs at the Oregon Historical Society are free and open to all (Usual fees for admission apply to museum exhibits). For more information about activities at the Oregon Historical Society, please call 503-222-1741.