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UNST 212 The Roaring Twenties: Home

Learn more about 1920s American Culture by using primary sources like census records, maps and directories. to complement history texts.

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! Use the tab at the top to navigate. 

  • 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 (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.

Subject Guide

Claudia Irla
140G Millar Library
Phone: 503-725-4542
image from:
Farquar's Garden Annual (Back) Spring 1902 Courtesy of the NAL