Reference books

The Archives maintains reference books such as the Oregon Reports shown above for the convenience of researchers. These publications document cases decided by the Oregon Supreme Court from 1853 to the present. The Archives holds nearly 2500 cubic feet of the original Oregon Supreme Court case files dating from 1855 to 1981.

The Reference Room

Published and printed resources

The reference room contains a wide array of published and printed resources designed to enhance research, primarily in two categories: legal and genealogical/general. The following list represents some of the major components:


Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS), 1989-present
Oregon Revised Statutes Replacement Pages, 1953-1987
Various Oregon Code Books, pre-1953
Oregon Revised Statutes Reviser's Notes, 1953
Oregon Laws and Senate and House Journals, 1843-present
Oregon Administrative Rules Compilations, 1997-present
Oregon Reports (Oregon Supreme Court), 1853-1999
Oregon Reports (Oregon Court of Appeals), 1969-1996
Legislators and Staff Guide, 1841-2009
Oregon Blue Books, 1911-present
Black's Law, 7th Edition, 1999


Various county abstracts and indexes (these typically include probate, census, marriage, and cemetery)
Federal census indexes
Donation Land Claim indexes and abstracts (Oregon and Washington)
General histories of Oregon
Dictionary of Oregon History
Oregon Geographic Names
Oregon Historical Quarterly indexes, 1900-1980
General genealogy guidebooks
Miscellaneous genealogy books from other states

A shelf list itemizing the contents of the reference library is available in the reference room.

Delta On to Web resources

State Archives • 800 Summer St. NE • Salem, OR 97310

Phone: 503-373-0701 • Fax: 503-378-4118 • reference.archives@state.or.us