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.

How to Do Research with Us

Submit a request to our researchers: Email your request to

Email should include:

  • Your name, contact information, and business affiliation if applicable
  • A summary of your project
  • 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

Note: Our researchers are a small, hard-working group of volunteers. Depending on the volume of requests and the scope of your project, processing can take up to 6 weeks (3-4 weeks is typical). You will be contacted once your materials are available. Rush orders are possible and rush fees apply. 

Research Costs:

Prices for one-time use of scanned images:
For individual use: Member – $5.00/image, Non-member – $10.00/image
For commercial use: $15.00/image
For reproduction, publication and other ongoing uses, cost and rights agreements are handled on a case-by-case basis.

Thumb drive (We cannot allow personal devices to be used): $5.00
Postage and handling if required: $10.00 in state, $15.00 out-of state

Photocopies and Scanned Documents:
25 cents per page (up to 20 copies)

Note: Scanning and photocopying of primary manuscript materials, 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 accommodate a photograph being taken or use of an app like Genius Scan on your personal device.

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.