Today’s another hot day in Portland, a perfect day to take a river trip, just like artist Mare Blocker is depicting here from her wonderful A Thirteen Day River Trip (1998) from our special collections, featuring eight hand-colored prints including this Maremaid…

Oh, no! Some ink has spill on one of our rare books! But wait, it’s ok; it’s only a clever advertisement for a printer from an 1895 Portland City Directory (published by Polk). Our special collections has the earliest of these volumes in original form from 1863 to 1900…

A recent gift to the special collections from a daughter of Stewart H. Holbrook brought with it many wonderful treasures, including 25 issues of Battery D Recall, an irreverent weekly WWI newsletter of activities around Camp Devens in northern Massachusetts, a newsletter edited by Sergt. S.H. Holbrook…

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 …