Library and Archives


Library and Archives Hours

The Research Library and Archives is closed to drop-in researchers due to precautions over COVID-19.

We are still open, but on a very limited basis and by appointment only.  Please check out a description of our range of services during the pandemic here.   To schedule an appointment, get help with a research or reference question or order an historical photograph please fill out the form below.

Research Request Form

What You Will Find


Our non-circulating research library contains a variety of titles related to the history of the Mid-Willamette Valley.


Our archives are comprised of collections from individuals and organizations with ties to Salem, Marion County, and the Mid-Willamette Valley. Examples of these include personal papers, business records, and organizational records of fraternal, political, and professional associations.


We care for over 200,000 photographic images of people, places and events around the region.

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What You Can Expect

Check in

All researchers are required to register at the front desk of the archives building. Bags are not allowed in the research area and lockers are provided to keep personal affects.  MASKS ARE REQUIRED AT ALL TIMES.

Reference and Research Services

We provide free reference services for researchers to determine if there are materials in our collection that may be useful to their search. Additional research and copying services are available for a fee.


There is a photocopier on site. We charge $.25 per sheet for copies.

Digital Photography

Digital photographing of records and photographs is permitted for personal use only. If you intend to publish the photographs in any medium (internet, print, or other), written permission must be granted by the WHC staff and fees may apply.

Print and digital photo reproductions for personal use of our photo collections are available for a fee. Pricing varies depending on size and medium. Please ask about our reproduction policy for commercial use, publication, and public display.


You reach the research library via email or phone 503-585-7012 ext 257.  Please be aware that due to COVID-19 our staff and volunteers are not in the office everyday.  We will get back to you as soon as we can.  We thank you for your patience as we all navigate this new world together.