About this Collection
The Oregon Black Pioneers Historic Photograph Collection is a collection of over 200 photographs donated to Oregon Black Pioneers in 2018. The photos, which document the daily life of a Black family and their neighbors, were found beneath a stairwell in a home within the historically-Black Albina neighborhood of Portland. These photos provide rare visual evidence of the African American great migration, the wartime city of Vanport, and life within Portland’s Black community ca. 1940s-1970s.