The Research Library maintains an extensive collection of still photographs. Millions of photographs and negatives relate to the commercial, industrial, and agricultural development of the Pacific Northwest (especially Oregon), persons who took part in that development, and the growth of communities and urban areas. Subject fields in which the collection is particularly strong are lumbering, railroads, maritime, performing arts, the natural environment, politics and government, family and community life, and Portland.

Newspaper photograph collections provide extensive coverage of places, events, and personalities associated with the region. Many regionally prominent photographers are represented throughout the collection, which spans the 1850s to the present.

Visit our Reproduction and Research Services page for more information if you are interested in ordering reproductions from our collection.