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Urban League of Portland records

Repository: Oregon State University. Archives

Collection Description (CRHP): The Urban League of Portland was a major player in Oregon's civil rights movement history.

Collection Description (Extant): The Urban League of Portland Records consist of records generated by the League and its board, officers, and staff. The records include constitutions and bylaws, correspondence, financial statements, flyers, meeting minutes, newsletters, newspaper clippings, photograph albums, photographs, posters, reports, resolutions, scrapbooks, sound recordings, surveys, videotapes, and a building plaque. The records document the administration of the organization and reflect the League's outreach to the community through various programs and activities, fundraising, interaction with the National Urban League, and African American life in Portland. The reports include annual and presidental reports; histories of the League; and reports on race relations in Portland, African American children in Portland, and Northeast Portland neighborhood revitalization. The publications include League newsletters, brochures, and reports on various topics from the National Urban League office and branches in other cities.

The photographs include prints, negatives, slides, and digital photographs on CDs and diskettes. The images, which date from the 1940s to 2005, depict League meetings, League representatives meeting with Oregon politicians, community events, League directors and board members, and League staff at National Urban League conferences. The images also document League outreach events such as job fairs, activities at the Multicultural Senior Center, programs at Okley Green Middle School, and fields trips for students to Willamette University and other locations. Many of the photographs are arranged chronologically.

The videotapes and sound recordings (25 cassettes) primarily document League events such as conference presentations, annual dinners, workshops, and award ceremonies in the 1990s, with a few recordings made in the 1980s. The sound recordings also include public service announcements and broadcasts of radio programs.

Access Copy Note: Collection is open for research.

Collection URL: External Link

Date(s): 1945-2008

Digital Status: Partial

Extent: 14.35 cubic feet, including 2450 photographs and 140 videotapes (19 boxes, including 2 oversize boxes)

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Related Archival Items: For related collections, see the Oregon Multicultural Archives (which is housed at the OSU Archives): You'll find lists of collections in the OSU Archives specifically pertaining to African American people and culture in Oregon on this page: There is also a companion digital collection for the OMA here:

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights


African American children
African American neighborhoods
African Americans--Civil rights--Oregon
African Americans--Oregon
Civil rights movements--Oregon
National Urban League
Oregon--Politics and government
Oregon--Race relations


Sound recordings


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