​A lobby is where a person enters a building, gets oriented, perhaps enjoys the architecture or artwork and then moves to other rooms to conduct business. The lobby of this online tour serves the same function. Learn about the State Archives and its services, linger over artwork and exhibits, get registered and then move to the reference room to start your research.​


We use selected records, photographs and other media from the Archives holdings to create exhibits displayed in the exhibit gallery and waiting room adjacent to the lobby as well as online. The exhibits highlight interesting records and help interpret trends and events in Oregon's social, political, cultural and economic history.

Exhibits mounted in the gallery and waiting room change periodically and may include traveling exhibits from other institutions. Online exhibits include more information and images and remain online after the gallery exhibit is changed.

Additionally, the Archives participates in cooperative projects with other institutions. An example of one of these projects is the Oregon Historical Photograph Collection​ (with Salem Public Library and Marion County Historical Society).


The Lobby

The lobby of the archives building has light colored wood walls, a staircase up to 2nd floor. In the corner a sculpture of woman
The lobby faces Summer St. and includes a reception desk and exhibit area. From here access the reference room, 2nd floor offices, a public meeting room, lockers, restrooms and an elevator.


Drawing of beaver chewing wood next to a water body with large plums on a branch to the right. Reads "Oregon Prunes"
This 1909 trademark is displayed in the web exhibit, Sold in Oregon: Historical Oregon Trademarks​.