Research and Library

Explore Oregon’s History

With collections and scholarship documenting the people, places, and events that have shaped Oregon’s history, the OHS Research Library and the Oregon Historical Quarterly are invaluable resources for researchers. We invite you to explore the world’s largest collection of Oregon-related materials—all our resources are available to everyone.

The Oregon Historical Society is closed until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Research services are suspended during the closure; staff will respond to research inquiries sent to libreference@ohs.org when the library reopens. Limited photo services are available; please email photoorders@ohs.org before placing an order for reproductions.

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Share Your Story

As the repository of Oregon’s history, we have a responsibility to record this moment for future generations. That is why the Oregon Historical Society is asking you to share your stories: your personal reflections on living through this pandemic. We will add a selection of the stories and reflections to the OHS Research Library collections, where future generations will go to understand what this unprecedented...

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Visit the Library

The Oregon Historical Society Research Library is open to any researcher, professional or non-professional, who is working on a specific research project.

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Location

Oregon Historical Society
Davies Family Research Library
1200 SW Park Ave, 4th Floor
Portland, OR 97205
Tel. 503-306-5240
Email: libreference@ohs.org

Hours

Downtown reading room closed for renovation through late 2020 Learn More >

Admission

There is no charge for admission to the Research Library.

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Our Collections

The Oregon Historical Society's Research Library maintains thousands of books, maps, manuscripts, serials, vertical files, newspaper microfilm,...

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What’s Available Online

Since almost all of our collections are in closed stacks and are only available for use onsite in our Research Library, researchers use our...

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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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Library Online Catalog

The Research Library’s online catalog provides researchers with expanded search capabilities to find a wide variety of materials held by the...

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OHS Digital Collections

High-resolution digital images, documents, and recordings of selected items and some entire collections are available for educational and research use on the OHS Digital Collections website. This is a new initiative of the OHS Research Library, intended to broaden public access to our extensive collections.

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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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