Research

Five Oaks Museum Research Desk

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’re a local business creating a historic display, we are here to help.

**COVID-19 UPDATE: TEMPORARY PAUSE IN RESEARCH SERVICES**

It is with a heavy heart that Five Oaks Museum has decided to temporarily pause the research request services we’ve been proud to offer free of charge for nearly a decade. We love being able to support our area’s local history, and for nearly all of its existence our Research Desk has been run by dedicated, knowledgeable volunteers. Unfortunately, given current safety standards it is not possible for our volunteers to process research requests at the museum, where our archive and research materials are held. Due to the volume of requests we receive and the museum being a staff of five, we feel it necessary to reduce our capacity for this service. Please note that photo duplication orders remain operable at this time; see “Research Costs” section below for further details.

At this time, we can only accept research requests when they are deemed to be of benefit to the broader community (i.e. the end product will be shared with a larger audience, such as a book, documentary, class project, etc.). If you would like more clarification around your request or further information, please email us at research@fiveoaksmuseum.orgIf you have a general request (i.e. genealogical research, casual interest) and would like to join the research queue, please submit your request using the instructions below

We are grateful for your trust in us with your important research requests. We look forward to when we can safely bring volunteers back into the museum and resume full Research Desk operations! Please email Mariah, Cultural Resources Manager at mariah@fiveoaksmuseum.org with any questions or concerns.

 

If you have submitted a request in the last year
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.

 

In the meanwhile
Check out these other free, online resources to conduct research from home. 

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.

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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.

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