Research and Library

Explore Oregon’s History

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

Library Information

Address

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

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Hours

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

Email: libreference@ohs.org
Voicemail: 503.306.5240

Admission

There is no charge for admission to the Research Library.

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About the Library

Learn more about accessing and using OHS’s research library collections, both in-person and online. All are welcome to visit the library and use OHS’s collections for personal or professional projects.

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Digital History Projects

The Oregon Historical Society’s Digital History Projects provide the most authoritative and comprehensive online resources on Oregon history....

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Research Guides

OHS research guides provide tips and resources for exploring Oregon history through the research library’s collections.

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Help

Learn how to find and access materials from OHS’s research library collections and how to request materials in advance of an in-person visit.

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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...

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