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October 9, 2012 / Charlie McNabb

Oregon Archives Crawl

This past weekend I attended the Oregon Archives Crawl, and what a glorious crawl it was!  This year’s theme was “Celebrating Women, Celebrating Archives” in honor of Oregon’s women’s suffrage centennial.  There were over 25 participating institutions in four host repositories: City of Portland Archives and Records Center; Multnomah County Library, John Wilson Special Collections; Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library; and Portland State University Library, Special Collections and University Archives.  The object was to visit each location to get your “passport” stamped before joining fellow archivists and crawlers at the after party for a prize drawing and general merriment.  It was a real challenge to divvy up my time at each place in order to hit them all- there were so many fascinating things to look at and interesting people to talk to!  For more information about the participants, visit PDX Archivists.

The Oregon Jewish Museum brought a great display showcasing women’s suffrage propaganda and news clippings.

A closer look at an important question.


OHSU Historical Collections and Archives brought historical photographs, a nurse’s log book, and a skull of unknown provenance from some long-ago medical student’s practice cadaver.

I didn’t catch this lovely woman’s name, but she is part of Century of Action: Oregon Women Vote, 1912-2012. They’ll be putting on mock town hall debates in November if you’re in the area.

The Multnomah County Library was showcasing dummies of Joy Harjo’s work.

…as well as Ursula le Guin’s work.

Metro Archives brought some Packy materials from the Oregon Zoo collection.

Sadly, this can is a lie. There is no elephant poo in there.

City of Portland Archives and Records Center brought a mug book from 1945-1954 opened to a page of mostly prostitutes.

…as well as a police arrest docket from 1916. At 750 you can see Margaret Sanger, who was arrested for distributing obscene literature (related to birth control).









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