UNST 212 The Roaring Twenties  

Learn more about 1920s American Culture by using primary sources like census records, maps and directories. to complement history texts.
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Research Guide For UNST 212 / Fall 2011

Find out more about Portland in the 1920s using primary sources and more.


In this Guide

Assignment: "Neighborhood Worksheet"
Find what you need in this guide!

Select a community to research
Find maps & census data
Other Resources


Getting Started

You can do your research for this assignment at a number of locations in and around Portland State. We recommend trying at least one other library for your work -- go to one and find out what you can see! Have fun with this - if you get stuck, please ask your instructor or a librarian for assistance.

In the Portland State Library:

-- find Sanborn Maps microfilm at Circulation

-- find Census publications on 4th floor

-- see city directories on Course Reserve

-- ask for help at the Reference Desk (2nd floor)

Places to use and visit besides Portland State Library:

Central Library / Multnomah County Library

Find an internet terminal to access Ancestry.com (census data), Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, and look for print Portland City Directories at 3rd floor reference. (Get a Multnomah County Library card and do much of this from home.)

Oregon Historical Society Research Library

Free to Multnomah County residents (present proof of residency) or $9 for students. Find out how a real archival collection works, while researching the 1920s with city directories, census on microfilm and more. (Read about how the library works before you visit. )

Portland Archives and Records Center,

Located on campus in the ASCRC, 5th floor. Find: city directories, historic resource inventories, street number change indexes, photographs, maps and more. Hours vary: check website for details.

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140 Millar Library
Phone: 503-725-4542

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Farquar's Garden Annual (Back) Spring 1902 Courtesy of the NAL
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More Chances to Learn - Oregon Archives Crawl and PBS

Want some inspiration, and have fun at the same time? Check out the Oregon Archives Crawl, October 15 and 16 here at Portland State Library.