The Methodist Mission to Oregon (1834-1844) including materials related to mission operations, missionaries, and the missionaries’ contributions to the early establishment of education, government, commerce, religious organizations and American settlement.
Oregon Trail and Early Settlement (1841-1869) including objects and archives of known provenance connected to individuals immigrating to Salem and Marion County.
Oregon Textile History and Industry (1856-present) including machines, tools, textiles, apparel, images, records, and memorabilia of Oregon fiber preparation, cloth making, cottage industry, and industrial textile manufacturing. Special emphasis is placed on materials related to the Thomas Kay Woolen Mill (1889-1962).
Salem History includes photographs, archives and memorabilia documenting Salem civic and structural history, with special emphasis on documentation of historic buildings, city layout, prominent citizens and events, and government structures.
Agriculture including objects, records and photographs related to agricultural pursuits in the Mid-Willamette Valley, especially hops, flax, berry, viticulture, orchard, nursery, dairy, and animal husbandry industries and the people working in them.
Industry including tools and records related to significant industries in the Mid-Valley such as fur trade, canning, forestry and milling.
Lifeways including materials related to food, clothing, religion, transportation, leisure, entertainment, and cultural and ethnic groups.