Archives and Databases
Aladdin “Houses By Mail” Catalogs – Hosted by the Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
Angelus Studio photographs, 1880s-1940s – Hosted by the University of Oregon. This collection provides extraordinary documentation of the city of Portland, the Lewis & Clark Exposition of 1905, Oregon landmarks, and commercial operations including logging and fish packing.
Antique Home – Resources for owners of vintage homes.
Antique Home Style – House plans and resources for owners of vintage homes.
Building Oregon – Hosted by the University of Oregon. Images and documentation focusing on the architectural heritage of the Pacific Northwest with special emphasis on Oregon’s historic sites and built environment.
Cities/Buildings Database – University of Washington – A collection of digitized images of buildings and cities drawn from across time and throughout the world, available to students, researchers and educators on the web
Ellis Fuller Lawrence Papers, 1909-1929 – Hosted by the University of Oregon. These papers include correspondence, architectural drawings and photographs relating to projects undertaken by Lawrence as architect from 1908–1958, mainly in Oregon and Washington.
The Genealogy Forum: Oregon Genealogical Resources
Greene & Greene Architectural Records and Papers Collection – Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library at Columbia University
Historic Resources Program – the Bureau of Planning & Sustainability, City of Portland, Oregon offers a wide range of information about historic preservation. This web site introduces the basics of the City of Portland’s historic preservation activities.
Home Economics and Interior Design Research Archive – Cornell University – a core electronic collection of books and journals in Home Economics and related disciplines; titles published between 1850 and 1950
John Yeon architectural drawings, 1934-1976 – Hosted by the University of Oregon. John Yeon (1910–1994) was an Oregon architect, landscape architect, and conservationist best known for his role in developing the Northwest regional architectural style.
Lewis & Clark College Archives – The Aubrey Watzek Library Special Collections and Archives extensive research collections available to the Lewis & Clark College campus and the larger community of scholars
Mid Century Home Style – design resources for homes of the 1940s – 1960s.
National Archives – access to archival databases
Oregon Digital Library – a variety of digital collections from institutions from around the state of Oregon
Planning in Portland & the Region – Hosted by Portland State University. Archival collections and oral histories related to urban planning and land use in Portland and the Northwest.
Researching Historic Houses – Hosted by the University of Maryland Libraries. A comprehensive resource to help you get started researching your historic home.
Sanborn Fire Maps – With a Multnomah County library card, you can view historical maps from the Sanborn fire insurance map company from 1867 to 1970 that show details of buildings (including construction materials, use of buildings, and name of owners), streets, lot lines, and neighborhood infrastructure like roads and water mains.
Sears Modern Homes – Sears brand “mail order” home history and images from the Sears Archives
Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) Archipedia – Organized by the Society of Architectural Historians and the University of Virginia Press, SAH Archipedia contains histories, photographs, and maps for over 20,000 structures.
University of Oregon: Guides to Using the UO Libraries/ Architecture and Arts
University of Washington digital collections – primarily pictoral, although some have accompanying essays and text. Other media are presented, such as newspapers, reports, pamphlets, posters, videos and maps. The emphasis of these collections is on rare and unique materials
UO Design Library Special Collections – Hosted by the University of Oregon. The Design Library is a major center for art and architectural information in the Pacific Northwest.
Washington County Heritage Online – A collaboration between The Pacific University Library and Five Oaks Museum. Explore thousands of historic images & oral histories from Washington County, Oregon
Government Agencies and Resources
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation – to promote the preservation, enhancement, and productive use of our Nation’s historic resources, and advise the President and Congress on national historic preservation policy.
Heritage Documentation Programs – administers HABS (Historic American Buildings Survey), the Federal Government’s oldest preservation program, and companion programs HAER (Historic American Engineering Record), HALS (Historic American Landscapes Survey), and CRGIS (Cultural Resources Geographic Information Systems)
National Register of Historic Places – Oregon – listing of buildings on the Register
Oregon State Archives – Oregon Historical County Record Guide, Historical Records Index and Provisional and Territorial Records Guide
Oregon State Historic Preservation Office – Heritage programs and links
Portland City Archives – (Stanley Parr Archives and Records Center) – inactive and historical City records
Portland City Landmarks Register and Historic Inventory Listings
Teaching with Historic Places – hosted by the National Park Service, uses properties listed in the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places to enliven history, social studies, geography, civics, and other subjects
Washington Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation – National and local register information for properties in the state of Washington. http://www.dahp.wa.gov/
The Frank Lloyd Wright Gordon House at the Oregon Garden – the only Wright-designed building in Oregon and the only one in the Pacific Northwest that is open to the public
National Building Museum – Created by an act of Congress in 1980, dedicated to exploring and celebrating architecture, design, engineering, construction, and urban planning
Pittock Mansion – a treasured Portland landmark
Preservation Studies, Reports, and other Downloads
Window Repair & Weatherization Guidebook – A handy guide for owners of Portland, Oregon homes