Research and Library

Explore Oregon’s History

The Oregon Historical Society’s research library and the Oregon Historical Quarterly are invaluable resources for learning about the past and providing context on our present. Our library preserves the world’s largest collection of Oregon-related materials, documenting the people, places, and events that have shaped Oregon’s history. Visitors enjoy broad access to our materials, both in our newly renovated reading room and online through our digital collections, digital history resources, and free scholarly articles.

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Oregon Historical Society Research Library
1200 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR 97205

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Voicemail: 503-306-5240


The research library is now scheduling appointments for in person research. Please contact or 503.306.5240 for scheduling.


There is no charge for admission to the Research Library.

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The Oregon Historical Society’s research library preserves Oregon’s history and provides access to its collections to all researchers, professional or non-professional.

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Our Collections

The Oregon Historical Society’s research library holds the largest collection of archival and published materials relating to the history of...

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Research Help

Learn how to use the resources of the Oregon Historical Society Research Library to perform many different kinds of research.

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OHS Digital Collections

Use OHS Digital Collections to find photographs, oral histories, maps, moving images, and documents that can be accessed online.

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Oregon Historical Quarterly

The Journal of Record for Oregon History

The Oregon Historical Quarterly is a scholarly asset and a public resource that is dedicated to putting the power of history into everyone’s hands and to advancing knowledge in all corners...

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Research Fellowships

The Donald J. Sterling, Jr. Fellowships in Pacific Northwest History at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland have been established through an endowment, made possible by...

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