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Oregon Revised Statutes: 1953-1967 Now Online & Publicly Accessible (Free)


Thanks to Oregon Legislative Counsel (and the Oregon Supreme Court and the State of Oregon Law Library) and the Washington County Law Library staff (read about this project in previous Gutbuster blog posts), the superseded ORS editions are appearing online.

Currently, 1953-1967 are at the Oregon Legislature’s website under “Selected Archives of the Oregon Revised Statutes” at the Bills/Laws website.

Very soon you’ll see the 1995 to the present and by the end of the year you’ll see 1969-1993. (That component of the scanning project is also being done by the Washington County Law Library staff as time and money permit. The current goal is to complete the scanning by June 2012, but it is possible that deadline may not be met.  But the law library will send the data as it is completed to Legislative Counsel so keep your eyes posted to the Legislature’s website.)

NOTE: If you detect missing data in the database, please let us know!  You can leave a Comment to this blog post or email

Missing pages are concentrated primarily in 1953 and 1977, where we had missing chapters and volumes, but there will be missing chapters in a couple other sets.

There are only 2 (maybe 3) perfect or near-perfect sets of the superseded ORSs in the state and we could not scan from them so we used the only available almost-near-perfect set for scanning.  We are filling in the gaps, some at the time of scanning, but most we’ll fill in later since we didn’t want to hold up the bulk of the project while searching for scannable copies of the missing pages.

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5 responses to “Oregon Revised Statutes: 1953-1967 Now Online & Publicly Accessible (Free)”

  1. […] Washington County Law Library has been scanning these pre-1995 ORSs for the Legislature and they have been making those images available to everyone from their website. We have scanned […]

  2. Craig Colby says:

    It’s April, 2016. Have you noticed that the 1995 and 1997 ORS are still not posted on line?

    • Laura Orr says:

      Yes, sadly. Those are Legislative Counsel digital files, not ones we scanned when I was the Washington County Law Library Director, and they (Leg Counsel) have to talk their tech staff into posting them to the public website (tech staff, so I’ve been told, don’t know why they should post “old” law on the website). I recommend contacting your state legislative representatives. They are the ones who decide how much money Legislative Counsel and State Archives get – and to some extent, what public info posting priorities should be. They (state legislators) are also the ones who passed UELMA in Oregon, but there is no sign of any implementation plan in the works, let alone a funding plan. (It was also clear in the UELMA hearings that the legislators hadn’t a clue what UELMA actually did or required doing. They did use the word “geeky” a lot, though. Sigh. But, as was said, “they meant well.” Double sigh.) And most non-lawyer and non-researching state legislators don’t know either why one would want “old” laws on a publicly accessible website or know the difference between official and unofficial law or session law vs codifications. I’m not sure either how many are able to compile legislative histories. Maybe there should be a basic Civics and Law Making Competency Test for public office candidates, although I’m sure many voters don’t care much either. But this is not a problem that exists only in Oregon – small consolation, I know. Be happy you don’t need Georgia law. That’s totally copyrighted and is virtually inaccessible publicly on free databases or websites. (I could go on, but you get my drift.)

  3. Don Wolf says:

    Link to failed to open. On this date, current legislature website – – only has 1999 through 2013. Very disappointing that the earlier versions aren’t readily accessible.

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