In order to fulfill its mission, the Willamette Heritage Center has extensive collections documenting the history of the Mid-Willamette Valley. This includes everything from heavy textile machinery to fragile photographs.

We have over:

  • 23,834 objects

  • 200,000 photographs (49,129 currently catalogued)

  • 8,000 books

  • and 4,600 archival collections

Questions or Inquiries

For questions or inquiries, please contact the Willamette Heritage Center Research Staff by email at:

The Center’s current holdings are anchored by the materials collected for half a century by its predecessor organizations the Marion County Historical Society (est. 1950) and the Mission Mill Museum (est. 1964). The bulk of the collections are centered around Marion County, Oregon and the greater Salem area. Materials are consistently displayed in our permanent and changing exhibits and are available to researchers through our library and archives.