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Research Library and Archives

The SOHS Research Library is located at 106 N. Central Avenue in Medford

Open Tuesdays - Fridays from Noon to 4 pm.

(closed during Thanksgiving and Christmas weeks)

Admission is FREE for members, $5 per visit for non-members and $2 for students. Click here to become a member.

The Research Library is one of the largest archival repositories in the state of Oregon. Our 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. Our Mega Index covers many of of these resources.

Our Past is Online! Click to explore images of many of our artifacts and discover many of the documents in our Archives. 

Reproductions from our photographic archives are available for purchase or for use in publications, or other media.

 (Click to view fee schedule)

Research requests can be made in person, by phone or by email. Contact the library at library@sohs.org, call (541) 858-1724. 

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There is a minimum $5 fee for research requests, except for SOHS members.
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