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Oregon State Archives

The Oregon State Archives in Salem. (Oregon State Archives photo)

The Oregon State Archives in Salem. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

The State Archives began operations in 1947, to preserve and provide access to the permanently valuable records of all levels of Oregon government. The Archives works with all levels of government in Oregon to identify their permanent records. A number of these are transferred to the State Archives to be maintained permanently. The Archives Division’s Reference Unit works to provide access to these records at the State Archives and on line via the Web. Records in the Archives’ holdings include vital records (birth, death, marriage), agency records such as those relating to elected officials or agency functions (i.e., Forest Practices Act) and records of the state legislature.

The oldest documents housed at the State Archives include records of the provisional and territorial governments, the Oregon Constitution and the original Oregon City plat created by Dr. John McLoughlin.


Mary Beth Herkert, State Archivist
Address: 800 Summer St. NE, Salem 97310
Phone: 503-373-0701
Fax: 503-378-4118