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The Archives Building in Salem houses the central offices of the Oregon State Archives. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

The Archives Building in Salem houses the central offices of the Oregon State Archives. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

Present Duties

The State Archives was created by the Oregon Legislature in 1945 and received its initial funding in 1947. The primary function of the State Archives was 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.

 

Today, the State Archives acts as the state’s information manager (Records Management Unit) by managing public records from creation until final disposition and as the state’s information broker (Reference Unit) by identifying, preserving and providing access, through its website and in person, to the permanently valuable public records of the state. In addition, the division is responsible for filing, codifying and publishing Oregon’s Administrative Rules; compiling and publishing the Oregon Blue Book; filing Official Documents; providing advice and assistance on a variety of public records issues; and managing the State Records Center for non-permanent, paper records storage and the Security Copy Depository for microfilm.

 

The State Archives is home to the original Oregon Constitution.

 

Agency Subdivisions

Information about this agency's divisions, offices, programs, etc.

 

Contact Information

Mailing Address: 800 Summer St. NE, Salem 97310
Telephone: 503-373-0701
Fax: 503-378-4118
General Email: archives.info@state.or.us
Contact: Mary Beth Herkert, State Archivist
Administrative Rules Coordinator Email: Julie Yamaka
Staff Directory from Oregon.gov
Location Map: by Yahoo! Maps


Legal and Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS 177.120, Chapter 183, 192.001–192.170, 357.805–357.885
Budget Analysis (PDF) - by Legislative Fiscal Office
Audit Reports - select agency from menu


Records, Publications and General Information

Agency History (PDF) - a detailed history of the agency
State Archives Holdings - a select list of the agency's records available for research at the State Archives
State Library Publications - a link to the Oregon State Library Catalog