This collection of photographs was found beneath a stairwell in a home within the historically-Black Albina neighborhood of Portland. The photos were donated to Oregon Black Pioneers in 2018 by the home's owners.
Through research and examination of the photos, it is believed the collection originally belonged to McAlma "Lucille" Thomas Hastings. 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.
In Winter 2023, Oregon Black Pioneers, PSU Black Studies, PSU Library Special Collections, and Oregon Historical Society partnered to create this public archive from these family photos.
See Professor Imarisha's students' presentations on their research and hands-on digital preservation experience: "Creating a Historic Black Archive."