Highlights of the Archives

White marble building with deciduous trees in fall colors in front.
Cecil L. Edwards Archives Building, 800 Summer Street NE, Salem, Oregon. Public Entrance on Summer Street. Oregon State Archives building Map >
This collection was prepared for the 50th anniversary of the Oregon State Archives (1947-1997). The State Archives preserves and provides access to permanently valuable records of the three branches of state government- legislative, executive and judicial. 

The oldest record in the Archives is the agreement establishing the Willamette Cattle Company, 1837. Frequently used records at the Archives include minutes and exhibits of legislative committee hearings and 19th century county records such as probate case files, marriage certificates, and naturalization petitions.


Civilian Conservation Corps

Teenage students in the 1950s shown at desks with typewriters busily working and typing.
1952 School for the Deaf Typing Class


Civilian Conservation Corps: Mary Beth Herkert
Copperfield Controversy: Layne Sawyer
David C. Duniway, State Archives Founder: Julie Yamaka
Earl Snell, Oregon's 23rd Governor: Tim Backer
Graphic Art Drawings: Gary Halvorson
International Expositions: Gary Halvorson
John McLoughlin: David Wendell
Oregon Environmental Legislation: Mary Beth Herkert
Prison Breakout: Layne Sawyer
Prohibition in Oregon: Todd Shaffer
Whitman Massacre Trial: Layne Sawyer

Additional assistance from Ruth Backer, Dan Cantrall, Gregg Spooner, Malcolm Hutchinson, Al Jones, George Strozut, Bernie McTeague and Dr. William E. Snell