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Have you seen our archives?

In 2007, the Urban League of Portland selected the Oregon State University Libraries as the repository for our historical records. The records placed at OSU document the administration and programs of the Urban League of Portland since its establishment in 1945. The Records include correspondence, reports and publications, meeting minutes, financial records, and clippings as well as scrapbooks, photographs, videotapes, and sound recordings. They 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 presidential 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.

Below are just a few of the hundreds of fascinating historical items in the archives:

DR King EOD 1961

1961 Flyer for Martin Luther King speech for the Urban League of Portland’s Equal Opportunity Day program


1963 annual meeting

Honorees at Urban League of Portland’s 1963 Annual Meeting


Urban League of Portland staff

Urban League of Portland staff, Left to right: Dorthy Berry; Gertrude Rae; Myrtle Carr; Delores Casanosas.

This site provides access to the guide to the records of the Urban League of Portland, access to digitized resources from the collection, and historical background on the organization. Click here to see more.