Library and Archives


Library and Archives Hours

The Research Library and Archives is temporarily closed to the public due to precautions over COVID-19.  We are working on finding ways to be able to provide services in a safe manner inside our small reading room.  Check back for updates on our plans for reopening.  If you have a research request, please contact us at and we will do our best to accommodate you during  the closure.  Thank you for your patience during these strange times!

We do close the week between Christmas and New Years.  Make sure to check the museum calendar or contact us for potential closures before planning your trip!

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.

Jerry Simmons Richard Scott and George Knox (4)

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.

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.