Site Philosophy

On June 23, 2014, the City of Portland Archives and Record Center (PARC) assumed responsibility for the Vintage Portland blog, which was conceived, created and maintained by Dan Davis starting in 2009. It is our goal to provide a broad sampling of the PARC’s extensive photo collection, while also offering archives and special collections throughout Oregon the opportunity to showcase their Portland-area photos.

Having assumed responsibility, we’ve chosen to alter the process somewhat. Dan did a great job researching and providing detailed posts; however, we noticed that the Vintage Portland followers enjoy discovering the photo details and sharing those discoveries with the VP community. This, and the reality of managing hundreds of thousands of images, does not allow us to spend much time researching single items.

We will continue to offer the VP community a wide-variety of images, and from time-to-time will solicit your help in identifying photos. We hope to provide access to information and resources that will spark interest and encourage others to continue further research.

Corrections and Questions

Most of the photos within the PARC collections have been briefly identified by the photographer or employee before PARC receives them. Those descriptions are carried forward when we catalog the photos, but sometimes the original description is off and VP followers can help us correct those mistakes. We look for corrections that have wide support within the community and are verifiable when a description is incorrect. The corrections may not be made right away, but updates will happen as time allows.

Most questions we see on the site are addressed by other VP members, but sometimes you will have a question for us specifically. When this is the case, please make sure you email your question directly to us at