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Oregon at War! American soldiers marching through gas shelled French town.
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A drawing shows vigilant American soldiers in the trenches. (OSA, National Guard of the United States: State of Oregon, 1938)

A drawing shows vigilant American soldiers in the trenches. (OSA, Historical Annual National Guard State of Oregon, 1939)

Defense council records
Most of the defense council records in the holdings of the Oregon State Archives document civil defense activities after the council was recreated during World War II. However, the following records specifically document the World War I experience:

Personal Military Service History Index (in Reference Room), 1918-1922.

Personal Military Service History Records, 1918-1922, 7 cu.ft.

Publications and Ephemera (World War I), 1917-1920, .50 cu.ft.

State Historian's Correspondence, 1918-1922, 1 cu.ft.

World War I Personnel Photographs (includes other war photographs), ca. 1915-1919 .50 cu.ft.

Research options
View the Web tour of the Oregon State Archives for complete details about research options, services, and other important information about using records at the Archives. The tour also describes costs associated with ordering individual documents or case files - View description.

In general, more in-depth researchers have three main options:

delta The most comprehensive, timely, and cost-effective research is still conducted by planning a visit to the Archives Building in Salem. This makes all of the Archives resources available on a nearly immediate basis. Photocopies are $0.25 per page self service.

delta If the researcher is unable to travel to the Archives Building, limited research and copy services by our staff are available. Research will be conducted at $40 per hour for up to four hours per request. Any photocopying by Archives staff costs $0.75 per page.

delta Several private, fee-based researchers are willing to work to specifications. The Archives is not affiliated with these researchers and does not take responsibility for any agreements made. Contact the reference room for more information.

Ordering images
delta Any image shown in the exhibit that has a citation beginning with "OSA" is available for purchase from the Oregon State Archives. The images are offered in completely unedited, as scanned 300 dpi TIFF format. Some of the images were scanned from original publications with less than ideal photographic or graphic characteristics. The cost for obtaining a digital image is $20 for Oregon residents and $25 for all others. Contact us for information about obtaining copies as photographic negatives or prints.

delta Any image lacking a citation beginning with "OSA" is not available for copy from the Oregon State Archives. Please contact the source cited or general sources for copies.

Use and citations
Researchers may use materials contained in this exhibit for personal or educational purposes. However, please cite the "Oregon State Archives, Oregon at War! Web Exhibit" when using Oregon State Archives (OSA) images or direct text quotations from the exhibit.

Thank you!
Thank you for using the Oregon at War! Web exhibit and learning resource. We hope that you have found it educational and entertaining.

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