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Special Collections
Salesman standing next to horse and buggy, ca. 1900  
Traveling salesman, ca. 1900
Oregon State Library’s Special Collections houses manuscripts, photographs, older Oregon documents, Oregon maps, and books and periodicals on numerous Oregon-related topics. Many items in the collection are rare or fragile and require special handling or protection due to their value or condition.

The materials in Special Collections are non-circulating and special restrictions apply to their use. Requests to use specific items from Special Collections may be made at the Reference Desk on the second floor, or by contacting Dave Hegeman at dave.b.hegeman@state.or.us  24 hours advance notice is needed to retrieve some materials from the collection.

Materials included in Special Collections
  • Census materials
  • Eugenics materials
  • Facsimiles
    • Book of Kells
    • Great Domesday Book
    • Gutenberg Bible
  • Historic maps of Oregon, Metzger Maps, City Directories
  • Manuscripts 
  • Oregon Documents Depository for first copies, ca. 1860-1979
  • Photograph Collections
    • Family and individual photograph collections from Asahel Bush family, Joe Bernardi family, Charles Murphy, Regina West, and others, late 19th to mid 20th centuries
    • Oregon Governor´s Portraits
    • Trover/Cronise Collection of portraits and scenes of general interest, ca. 1900-1950
    • Views Collection of local and statewide photos from various photographers 
    • WPA Series 4 photos from Oregon counties
  • WPA Historical Records Survey, Oregon, 1936-1942, Series 1-22

Other Resources
Oregon Historical Society
Salem Public Library Historic Photograph Collections

Special Collections Librarian
Dave Hegeman
(503) 378-5006
fax: (503) 588-7119
e-mail: dave.b.hegeman@state.or.us