Oregon State Archives

Oregon State Archives building surrounded by yellow and red autumn trees
The Oregon State Archives in Salem. (Oregon State Archives Photo)
The State Archives was created by the Oregon Legislature in 1945 and received its initial funding in 1947. The primary function of the State Archives was to manage public records at all levels of govern​ment in Oregon by authorizing their retention and disposition and to identify, preserve and provide access to the permanently valuable public records of the state.

Today, the State Archives acts as the state’s information manager (Records Management Unit) by managing public records from creation until final disposition and as the state’s information broker (Reference Unit) by identifying, preserving and providing access, through its website and in person, to the permanently valuable public records of the state. In addition, the division is responsible for filing, codifying and publishing Oregon’s Administrative Rules; compiling and publishing the Oregon Blue Book; filing Official Documents; providing advice and assistance on a variety of public records issues; and managing the State Records Center for non-permanent, paper records storage and the Security Copy Depository for microfilm.

The State Archives is home to the original Oregon Constitution and administers the Oregon Kid Governor program.


Stephanie Clark, State Archivist
Address: 800 Summer St. NE, Salem 97310
Phone: 503-373-0701
Fax: 503-378-0953​