Local history

Access historic periodicals, browse books on Oregon’s history, and learn about upcoming lectures and special events.

Online resources and community organizations

BlackPast
Explore a 6,000-page reference center dedicated to providing information on African American history and the history of more than one billion people of African ancestry around the world. Visit BlackPast
Historic Oregon Newspapers
Search and access complete content for historic Oregon newspapers digitized as part of the Oregon Digital Newspaper Program. This full-text searchable database contains more than one million pages from Oregon newspapers published between 1846 and 2020. Visit Historic Oregon Newspapers
Josephine County Historical Society
Our local Historical Society is dedicated to collecting, preserving, exhibiting, promoting, and interpreting Josephine County history. Visit Josephine County Historical Society
NDNHistory Research
Browse a collection of essays on the history and anthropology of Oregon's indigenous tribes. Visit NDNHistory Research
Oregon Caves National Monument & Preserve
Delve into the cultural history of Josephine County’s only national monument, including the cave's discovery, exploration, stewardship, and the resulting national historic structures that surround the caves. Visit National Parks Service
Oregon Black Pioneers
Explore digital exhibits on the rich history of black pioneers throughout Oregon. Visit Oregon Black Pioneers
The Oregon Encyclopedia
Explore this authoritative and free resource on all things Oregon curated by the Oregon Historical Society. Visit The Oregon Encyclopedia
State Library of Oregon Digital Collections
Browse a digitized collection of current and historical publications of Oregon state government, representative maps from the State Library’s digital collection, and publications of other Oregon entities. Visit State Library of Oregon Digital Collections
Southern Oregon Historical Society Library and Archives
This local nonprofit makes history come alive by collecting, preserving, and sharing the stories and artifacts of our common heritage. Visit Southern Oregon Historical Society Library and Archives
U.S. History
Browse scholarly journals and magazines, updated daily, that can be used by novice historians as well as advanced academic researchers. Visit the U.S. History database