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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 Archives Division, which began operations in 1947, manages, preserves and provides access to the records of all levels of Oregon government. The division houses Oregon’s permanently valuable government records and provides access to these records at the State Archives and on the Web, provides records management advice and assistance to government agencies, and operates the State Records Center and Security Copy Depository. The division is also responsible for filing, codifying and publishing the Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs) and publishes the Oregon Blue Book. The state archivist also serves as the coordinator of the State Historical Records Advisory Board.

The oldest records housed at the State Archives include records of the provisional and territorial governments and the 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:
Contact: Mary Beth Herkert, State Archivist
Administrative Rules Coordinator Email: Julie Yamaka
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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
Records Retention Schedule (PDF) - a list of the public records kept at 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