If you’ve never visited the Oregon State Archives, here’s your chance to go behind the scenes. Most of these documents are not online and may never be online (at least in our lifetimes).
You can also take the State Archives web tour!
Combine your visit to the Archives with some other Salem treasures, such as the Hallie Ford Museum of Art.
“The Oregon State Archives will hold an open house Saturday, October 8th, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm as part of the celebration of Oregon Archives month.
Tours of the building will be offered on the hour and will provide visitors with a chance to go “behind the scenes,” see the records storage area, learn more about the Archives and its holdings, while being guided by an Archives staff member. Tours will last about thirty minutes and include the opportunity to see some of Oregon’s most significant historical documents, including the original Oregon Constitution. In addition, visitors will also have an opportunity to conduct research as additional staff will also be available to assist them and make records available to them to use.
The lobby gallery will be open and is currently showing a collection of scenic photographs from around the state. We will also be showing a video in the lobby celebrating 100 years of the Oregon Blue Book. The Blue Book is published by the Archives Division and we will have both the 2011-2012 edition and a facsimile edition of the 1911 Blue Book available for purchase at the event.
Light refreshments will be served.
So, please join us in celebrating National Archives Month and take advantage of this special Saturday opening.
The State Archives is located as 800 Summer Street NE in Salem. Normal operating hours are 8:00 am to 4:45 pm Monday through Friday.”