Genealogy: Oregon, Library and society resource list

Oregon, Library and society resource listBy Barry J. Ewell

As this article was being researched it became very clear that links to genealogy and historical societies, libraries, and archives are scattered throughout the web.  None of the resources are complete, yet all must reviewed to make sure you have not overlooked a possible source.  Many of the resources are compiled on lists of varying names while others are buried on page 50 of Google search. Rather than give you a few links and say “Go Fish” I chose to research and compile links to online state resources in the following categories:

  • State-wide Resources
  • University Archives and Collections
  • Public Library and Community Resources and Archives
  • Historical Society and Special Interest Resources and Archives
  • Finding State Digital Resources and Collections
  • Digital Library Collections
  • Historical and Genealogical Society Online Web Pages

While I have sought to provide you a detailed compilation, I know that I have missed some resources.  If you don’t find you seek, I suggest you contact the library or society nearest your place of interest and see if they can help you locate resources that may not be not be online but can be contacted via other means.

**Important note about links:  The links that are presented below represent what was available during the research of this article.  If the link you seek is broken, simple copy the name of the library, society, archive, etc. and paste it into the Google search engine and you will be lead to the new link or copy and paste the name of institution in Google and find the URL.

State-wide Resources (5)

  1. Genealogical Council of Oregon:
  2. Oregon Genealogical Society:
  3. Oregon Historical Society:
  4. Oregon State Archives:
  5. Oregon State Library:

University Archives and Collections (10)

  1. Oregon State University Libraries. Special Collections:
  2. Oregon State University. Archives:
  3. Oregon University System:
  4. Pacific University:
  5. Southern Oregon University Library:
  6. University of Oregon:
  7. University of Portland. Archives:
  8. University of Portland. Rare Book Room:
  9. Western Oregon University:
  10. Willamette University. Hallie Ford Museum of Art:

Public Library and Community Resources and Archives (5)

  1. Burns–Harney County Library: l
  2. Dallas–Dallas Public Library:
  3. Hermiston–Hermiston Public Library:
  4. Portland–City of Portland, Oregon:
  5. Portland–Multnomah County Library:

Historical Society and Special Interest Resources and Archives (8)

  1. Archdiocese of Portland:
  2. Columbia River Maritime Museum:
  3. Crater Lake National Park:
  4. Evergreen Aviation Museum:
  5. Multnomah County Records Program:
  6. Oregon Coast History Center:
  7. Tamastslikt Cultural Institute:
  8. Washington County Historical Society:

Finding State Digital Resources and Collections (1)

  1. OSLIS – Oregon School Library Information System:

This site provides statewide internet access to licensed databases, including EBSCOhost and the Newsbank Oregonian, and the digital reference service, L-net.

Digital Library Collections (5)

  1. Historic Photograph Database (Oregon State Archives):
  2. University of Oregon Libraries, Digital Library Initiatives:
  3. Digital Collections By Subject:
  4. University of Oregon Libraries:   UO CONTENTdm Digital Collections
  5. Columbia River Basin Ethnic History Archive: