Today would be a fine day, in the waning days of August, to take a swing on a porch hammock, as Camille Dosch was doing here in SW Portland around 1918; from the Henry Dosch papers in the special collections…

Obviously there’s no smoking at the library; there are, however, matches in the library’s special collections by book artist Catherine Michaelis, the two-volume set, Old Flames Mismatched: True Stories of Extinguished Love, volumes one and two

Before Oregon was a state, it was a territory, and this map (Illman & Pilbrow, 1833) from our special collections showed the territorial boundary set at the controversial 54°40’ parallel that contributed to the famous Oregon boundary dispute of the 1840s…

We love watermarks in the special collections, especially those on 15th-century paper, like this that appears within our Digestum Vetus, printed in Venice in 1477 by esteemed printer Jacobus Rubeus…

Portland, a city sometimes known for its rain, is having a fantastic summer. We have had sun now for what seems like 700 days in a row, which makes us think of this fine binding by Mike Hudson (who also printed the book with Jadwega Jarvis for their Wayzgoose Press of Katoomba, NSW, Australia) in 1991, one of several books from this press in the special collections….

Another warm Oregon day, another great day to go to the beach to cool down as Camille Dosch (1877-1920), second from right, and friends did in this undated photograph from the Henry Dosch papers in the special collections…

This warm Oregon day would be a perfect time to head to the mountains to cool off a bit, as these folks did in the early decades of the 20th century, from a piece of ephemera in the Henry Dosch papers from the John Wilson Special Collections …

We love manuscripts. And we especially love beautiful manuscript books, like this German prayer book, written and scrumptiously decorated by hand by a man called Johann Wolf in 1805, and now in our special collections…

We love salmon in Portland. And we love early 20th-century salmon labels from the Henry Dosch papers, in our special collections…

A sweet little chapbook—poems by Joanna McClure, with a cover portrait of the poet by another fine poet, Michael McClure (Coffee House Press, 1987)—has arrived in the special collections, a gift in the midst of her papers from Sandy Tilcock and her fine lone goose press