Karlene Messer (left) and Betty Winn work on indexing and preparing delayed birth records for microfilming. Most of the volunteers work in the Archives project room on the second floor.

The Reference Room


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

Volunteers contributed 2,775 hours of service in the calendar year 2000.

Volunteers answered 2,529 requests for information from researchers.

Volunteers created 83,709 new entries in searchable databases while also flattening, foldering, and boxing records.

Volunteers worked on several important record groups including Portland death records; military enlistment records; circuit court case files; and delayed birth records from Hood River, Grant, Washington, Tillamook, and Lane counties.

The dedicated volunteers include Margaret Hoffman, Harriet Miller, Don Oswalt, Nancy Richings, Mimi Stang, Daralene Wade, and Betty Winn.

Each spring, the Archives presents a volunteer recognition day. This is an opportunity for the Secretary of State, the State Archivist, Archives staff, and others to show their appreciation for the valuable service provided by volunteers.

Individuals interested in becoming a volunteer at the Archives are encouraged to contact Layne Sawyer at 503-378-5198 for details.

In addition to the volunteer program, the Archives welcomes students seeking internship opportunities. Please contact Layne Sawyer at the phone number above for more information.

Delta On to records storage areas

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

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