Research with Five Oaks Museum

The Five Oaks Museum archives and research library are an extensive collection of historic materials about Washington County, including manuscripts, images, maps, oral histories and rare books. The Research Desk is a free service to help our community access and utilize these resources. Whether you’re an individual working on a genealogy project or researching a historic site, or you represent a local business creating a historic display, we are here to help.

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Temporary Pause in Research Services

General research requests are currently on pause. We love supporting local history researchers and have been proud to offer these services free of charge for over a decade thanks to dedicated, knowledgeable volunteers. Due to capacity and safety measures during the ongoing pandemic, we are not able to accept new general research requests (i.e. genealogical research, casual interest) at this time. We look forward to the day we can resume these beloved services, and we are grateful for your trust in us with your important research requests.

At this time, we are able to accept only research requests that impact the community at large, such as a book or documentary. If you would like more clarification around your request or further information, please email us at

Please note that photo duplication orders remain operable at this time; see “Photo Duplication Orders” section below for further details.


If you have submitted a request in 2020:
Once we are able to re-open the Research Desk at full capacity, we will reach out to you via the contact information you provided and confirm that you wish to proceed with your request. Once confirmed, we will process requests in order of receipt. Our reopening date is still unknown and will be dependent on public health regulations as well as PCC campus regulations.

Photo Duplication Orders

One time use of photographs
Museum members: $5 per image
Non-member individuals: $10 per image
Government agencies & non-profits: $15 per image
Business: $25 per image

All images are scanned at high resolution (600-900 dpi) as TIFF or JPG files.

Photocopies and scanned documents
We will scan up to five pages of documents (no images) at no cost. After that, it is $0.25 per page.

Delivery options
TIFF or JPG digital file transfer delivery (at no charge)
Flash drive ($5 charge) in-person pick up
Delivery via snail mail ($5 flash drive charge + $10 in-state postage, $15 out-of-state postage)

To Place an Order:

Locate the photos in the Five Oaks Museum collection that you wish to duplicate on Washington County Heritage Online. Email with your selected photo order.

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