The Research Library maintains an extensive collection of still photographs. Over 2.5 million photographs and negatives relate to the commercial, industrial, and agricultural development of the Pacific Northwest (especially Oregon), persons who took part in that development, and the growth of communities and urban areas. Subject fields in which the collection is particularly strong are lumbering, railroads, maritime, and Portland. Learn how to search for photographs in the online catalog.

Newspaper photograph collections provide extensive coverage of places, events, and personalities associated with the region. Many regionally prominent photographers are represented throughout the collection, which spans the 1850s to the present.

How to Order OHS Photos

If you saw a photograph you liked in the online library catalog, click on the title of the photo. Then copy the url of the full description (at the top of the page) and paste it into an email to You can paste in as many url's for as many photos as you want. We will get back to you with prices, order forms, and options for reproductions.

Our reference staff will be happy to help in your photo search. You can contact a reference librarian at, or call 503-306-5240.

Note: The images in the Oregon Historical Society online catalog are for reference purposes only and cannot be reproduced in any form without the permission of the Oregon Historical Society. The Oregon Historical Society will not be held responsible for any violation of copyright that might occur through the use of these images.