Library and Archives

Southern Oregon Historical Society maintains its library and archives at 106 N. Central Avenue in Medford. 

Open Wednesdays - Fridays from Noon to 4 pm. (closed during Thanksgiving and Christmas weeks).  Contacting the Library prior to a visit is helpful, but not required.  

NOTE: Due to transition from having paid staff to all-volunteer staff, the SOHS Library will be closed during January 2017. Please check website for exact date for reopening. 

Admission is FREE for SOHS members, $5 per visit for non-members and $2 for students

The Research Library is one of the largest archival repositories in the state of Oregon. The collection includes the Peter Britt collection (housed on behalf of the Oregon University System) of 5000 glass plate negatives and prints made from them. Our Archives include thousands of additional photos of southern Oregon, plus diaries, business records, journals, hundreds of maps and architectural drawings, and over 1000 oral histories. 

Visitors to the SOHS Library are assisted by volunteers who share a strong interest in local history plus knowledge of the library's materials. Many resources may also be discovered through the use of our online indexes. 

Questions may be submitted to library personnel and paid for by clicking on the SEND RESEARCH REQUEST button, or by phone or email. Each request incurs a minimum $5 fee (free for members), plus related expenses. Payment may also be made phone or through PayPal. Payments for research that has been completed may be made via Pay Pal or credit card (links are below)

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