Unthank Park, May 1971
Unthank Park, May 1971 Courtesy of Our Story / City of Portland Archives

The Multnomah County Library just launched a new digital collection of photos and documents chronicling Portland's African American community over the years. Called "Our Story: Portland Through an African American Lens," the collection melds archives from Oregon Historical Society Research Library, Oregon State University, and City of Portland Archives.

It's fantastic. To celebrate the new collection, the library's holding a celebration this weekend (A party for online archives! And also for the untold memories and narratives of a historically disenfranchised community! These are things I am passionate about) at the North Portland Library.

Here are some of our favorite photos from the collection.

The Junior Neighborhood Committee, Albina Neighborhood, 1967
The Junior Neighborhood Committee, Albina Neighborhood, 1967 Courtesy of Our Story / City of Portland Archives

1963
1963 Courtesy of Our Story / City of Portland Archives

July, 1963
July, 1963 Courtesy of Our Story / City of Portland Archives

William Saunders & Wess Brewer, participating in the Albina Neighborhood Improvement Project, 1962
William Saunders & Wess Brewer, participating in the Albina Neighborhood Improvement Project, 1962 Courtesy of Our Story / City of Portland Archives

Lillian Campbell with the family dog, 1959
Lillian Campbell with the family dog, 1959 Courtesy of Our Story / City of Portland Archives

Izeal Campbell, 1959
Izeal Campbell, 1959 Courtesy of Our Story / City of Portland Archives

Miss NAACP and her court, year unknown
Miss NAACP and her court, year unknown Courtesy of Our Story / Oregon Historical Society Research Library


Irving Park, 1972
Irving Park, 1972 Courtesy of Our Story / City of Portland Archives

Black Velvet performance, year unknown
Black Velvet performance, year unknown Courtesy of Our Story / Oregon Historical Society Research Library

The Urban League of Portlands beauty clinic, 1964
The Urban League of Portland's beauty clinic, 1964 Courtesy of Our Story / Oregon State University - Oregon Multicultural Archives

Block clean up, September 1963
Block clean up, September 1963 Courtesy of Our Story / City of Portland Archives

Unthank Park, 1971
Unthank Park, 1971 Courtesy of Our Story / City of Portland Archives

Portland Rose Festival, 1913
Portland Rose Festival, 1913 Courtesy of Our Story / Oregon Historical Society Research Library

Unthank Park, 1971
Unthank Park, 1971 Courtesy of Our Story / City of Portland Archives

Mad Hatters Ball, year unknown
Mad Hatter's Ball, year unknown Courtesy of Our Story / Oregon Historical Society Research Library

Urban League of Portlands Mad Hatters Ball, 1963
Urban League of Portland's Mad Hatters Ball, 1963 Courtesy of Our Story / Oregon State University - Oregon Multicultural Archives

Model Cities rally, 1971
"Model Cities rally," 1971 Courtesy of Our Story / City of Portland Archives

From left to right, Lemuel Robinson, Billy Washington, Manfred Robinson, Ed Washington, and an unidentified man at McElroys Ballroom. Date unknown.
From left to right, Lemuel Robinson, Billy Washington, Manfred Robinson, Ed Washington, and an unidentified man at McElroy's Ballroom. Date unknown. Courtesy of Our Story / Herb Perkins

1963
1963 Courtesy of Our Story / City of Portland Archives

Unthank Park, 1971
Unthank Park, 1971 Courtesy of Our Story / City of Portland Archives

1971
1971 Courtesy of Our Story / City of Portland Archives

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1966
1966 Courtesy of Our Story / City of Portland Archives

Unthank Park, 1971
Unthank Park, 1971 Courtesy of Our Story / City of Portland Archives

The Portland Air Base Bombers, segregated baseball team, 1944
The Portland Air Base Bombers, segregated baseball team, 1944 Courtesy of Our Story / Oregon Historical Society Research Library