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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)

After being created by the Legislature in 1945, the State Archives received budgetary funding in 1947 with a two-fold mandate: to manage public records at all levels of government in Oregon by authorizing their retention and disposition, and to identify, preserve and provide access to the permanently valuable public records of the state.


The State Archives is a division of the Office of the Secretary of State. The Reference Unit provides access to these records at the State Archives building in Salem and online via the Archives website. Holdings include birth, death and marriage records; state agency records, such as those from the State Board of Forestry (The Forest Practices Act) and from the Department of Corrections (the original Great Register); records from the courts (probate and circuit court cases) and records from the Legislature.


The oldest records in the Archives holdings include those of the Provisional and Territorial governments; the original Oregon City Plat created by Dr. John McLoughlin, “Father of Oregon;” and the original Oregon Constitution.


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