Collection Org. Lot 679 - Oregon Black History Project photographs collection, circa 1850-1960.

George Singleton, Portland William Webb LINKS Art Show, Portland State University Prince Hall Masons J. Hedspeth Restaurant Chandler & Bessilien Club Cafe Harriet Redmond Williams Avenue YWCA Freeman's Second Hand Store The Golden West Hotel Candy Shop Bethel AME Church

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Oregon Black History Project photographs collection, circa 1850-1960.


  • 1850 - 1960 (Creation)


0.32 cubic feet (174 photographs in 1 document box).

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Photographs documenting African-​American history in Oregon, circa 1850-1960 that were collected during the Oregon Black History Project and some used to illustrate "A Peculiar Paradise: A History of Blacks in Oregon, 1788-1940," by Elizabeth McLagan. Subjects include portraits of African-​Americans in Portland and elsewhere in Oregon; residences of African-​Americans in Portland, including images of Vanport, Or. and the Vanport flood of 1948; African-​American clubs, social groups, sports, and other activities; and African-​American businesses in Portland, among other subjects. Some of the photographs are copies of images originally printed in newspapers such as the Portland Times and the Advocate.

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  • English

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Oregon Black History Project research notes, Mss 2854, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

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  • Citation: Oregon Black History Project photographs collection, Org. Lot 679, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

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