Chronology: A History of Archives in Oregon

1848

A Territorial Library is established by an Act of Congress.

1853

The Territorial Legislature publishes Oregon Archives, a compilation of laws, official publications and reports issued to date.

1859

The Oregon Constitution requires state and county government officials to maintain records of their activities.

1898

The Oregon Historical Society is formed to gather "information relating to the history of Oregon."

1905

The State Library is created and Cornelia Marvin is hired as the first state librarian.

1946

The Southern Oregon Historical Society is organized to save the 1883 Jackson County Courthouse in Jacksonville.

1947

The Oregon State Archives is formed as a division of the State Library. Alabama created the first state archives in 1900 and in 1932 the National Archives was established.

1961

The State Legislature is required to deposit their records with the State Archives.

The Oregon State University Archives is established as a division of the Kerr Library.

1971

The State Archivist is transferred to the Secretary of State's Office and given authority to oversee the retention and destruction of non-archival public records in Oregon.

1973

The Oregon Public Records law is codified.

1994

The Oregon State Archives is the world's first archival institution, public or private, to go on the World Wide Web.

2004

Oregonís first Archives Week is celebrated by proclamation of Governor Ted Kulongoski.

2007

Oregon's Archives Week is expanded to Archives Month in cooperation with the Society of American Archivists campaign.

2009

The State Historical Records Advisory Board applies for and receives National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) grant funds to print a poster to publicize the observance of Oregon Archives Month.