Significant contributions by volunteers make possible many of the products and services offered by the Archives. The following statistics illustrate their efforts:

  • Volunteers contributed approximately 2,000 hours of service each year.

  • Volunteers created 14,000 new entries in searchable databases while also flattening, foldering and reboxing records during the past year.

  • Volunteers worked on several important record groups including death, marriage and divorce records transferred from the Vital Records office; circuit court case files; a variety of county records and records from statewide elected officials.
If interested in becoming a volunteer at the Archives contact Layne Sawyer (layne.g.sawyer@oregon.gov) or 503-378-5198 for details.

In addition to the volunteer program, the Archives welcomes students seeking internship opportunities. Contact Layne Sawyer at the phone number or email address above for information.
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Two senior ladies sit at a wooden desk with many papers and storage boxes around.
Karlene Messer (left) and Betty Winn work on indexing and preparing delayed birth records for microfilming. Most volunteers work in the Archives project room on the 2nd floor.