Five Oaks Museum Research Desk

The Five Oaks Museum archives are an extensive collection of historic materials about Washington County, including manuscripts, images, maps, oral histories and rare books. The research desk is a 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’re a local business creating a historic display, we are here to help.



In order to protect our local and global communities, Five Oaks Museum will be closed and suspending public visitation to the archives or galleries until it is safe to gather in person again. Due to PCC campus-wide closures, access to the museum’s archives is extremely limited for staff. This closure will impact research and image reproduction request turnaround times, as we no longer have regular physical access to the archives. All new requests submitted during our public closure will be attended to in order of receipt and completed on a case-by-case basis.  Research requests are averaging approximately 2-3 months to complete, while photo reproduction requests are averaging one month to complete depending on the nature of the request. 

Please email Mariah, Cultural Resources Manager (, regarding time sensitive projects or with any questions or concerns.

How to Do Research with Us

Submit a request to our researchers
Email your research or photograph reproduction request to Photographs may be viewed in advance at Washington County Heritage Online.

Your message should include:

  • Your name, contact information, and business affiliation if applicable
  • A summary of your project and intended use of materials
  • As much detail as possible about the kinds of materials (images/articles/etc) that you are seeking
  • Any specific deadlines or other scope for the project

Processing may take three to six weeks depending on the volume and scope of your project. Four weeks is average.


When reproducing our materials, we require you to sign our Photo Reproduction Policy, which states that you agree to use the image only for your intended purposes. If you request publishing rights, we ask that you include a “Courtesy of Five Oaks Museum” caption whether the images are online or in print.


View your materials
We’ll reach out once your request has been fulfilled. At that time, you can make an appointment to view your materials and decide if you would like to order reproductions. The research library is open for viewing materials on Thursdays from noon to 3 pm. Please note that we have limited staff and our researchers are a small team of hardworking volunteers.

If you are on a tight deadline, please contact us at 503-645-5353. Rush fees apply.


Please note: Scanning and photocopying of primary manuscripts, photographs, fragile or oversize books, and maps may be restricted for the protection of the artifacts. Because we are a private archive, we do not allow outside scanners to be used. We can usually permit researchers to use their personal device to take a photograph or use an app such as Genius Scan or Tiny Scanner.

Research Costs

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)

Washington County Heritage Online

The Pacific University Library and Five Oaks Museum have partnered to create a digital repository of thousands of photographs chronicling Washington County’s rich history, supported in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Online access is free and yours to explore.


Washington County Oral Histories

Washington County Oral Histories is an online collection of digitized oral histories from libraries, historical societies, museums, and other community organizations in Washington County, Oregon. Subjects include local history, Japanese American experiences, Latinx community building, high-tech industry, veterans, logging and forestry, and more.