Historic Preservation Resources
Historic Structure Report (Examples)
- Oregon State Historic Preservation Office — search for a property and view details
- Oregon Historic Sites Database — an online database for both National Register and surveyed properties.
- Oregon State Archives — most relevant information has not been made searchable online. However, these archives hold valuable, county-level information. You can contact a reference librarian for help with specific questions.
- Oregon Heritage Commission — Clatsop County History Publications. Maps, illustrations, photos, surveys, and much more. Some of these publications are digitized. Others may be available through interlibrary loan or at the Clatsop County Historical Society.
- Restore Oregon (formerly the Historic Preservation League of Oregon) — nice, multi-purpose list of relevant resources to help determine significance.
- Historic Oregon Newspapers: a searchable newspaper database — on this site you can search and access complete content for historic Oregon newspapers.
- Archives West — access to descriptions of primary sources in the western United States, including correspondence, diaries or photographs.
- Sears Home Archive — from 1908–1940, Sears, Roebuck, and Company sold more than 100,000 homes through their mail-order Modern Homes program
- Department of Archeology & Historic Preservation: a searchable cultural database — Washington State's primary agency with knowledge and expertise in historic preservation.
- National Register of Historic Places — search this database for more in-depth information about significant properties.
- Historic Map Works, Residential Genealogy: a searchable map database — an historic digital map database of North America and the world.
- Archivegrid — a database of historical documents, personal papers and family histories in more than 1,000 different archival institutions.
Useful Library & Periodical Resources
- Clatsop County Historical Society Cumtux Index — Clatsop Community College has all Cumtux issues, but this archive is searchable by keyword.
- Clatsop Community College Historic Preservation & Restoration Digital Archive — The digital archive of Clatsop Community College’s Historic Preservation & Restoration program houses out of print books and publications including historic house plans, building details, and catalogs.
- Clatsop County Historical Society digital archive — The Clatsop County Historical Society maintains an Archive and Research Library in the Heritage Museum documenting Clatsop County History. Many of their print artifacts are digitally available here.
- The Building Technology Heritage Library (BTHL) is primarily a collection of American and Canadian, pre-1964 architectural trade catalogs, house plan books, and technical building guides. Trade catalogs are an important primary source to document past design and construction practices.
- The Ted Natt Library of the Columbia River Maritime Museum contains more than 12,500 books, periodicals, logs, ledgers, videos, manuscripts, photo albums, and other ephemera relating to local, regional, and international maritime topics, including 33,000 photos. It is open Monday and Wednesday from 1:00 to 5:00 pm or by appointment.
- University of Oregon Historic Oregon Newspapers database — Fabulous collection of digitized newspapers from across the state including many from the north coast.
- JSTOR — This powerful collection provides access to full-text academic journal articles, books, and primary sources. Includes Oregon Historical Quarterly from 1897 through 2018. JSTOR also includes journals such as APT Bulletin: The Journal of Preservation Technology, Architectural History, Building Material, Built Environment, Construction History, Future Anterior: Journal of Historic Preservation, History, Theory, and Criticism, The Pacific Northwest Quarterly, Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review, etc.
- American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collection [EBSCO] — Provides digital access to the most comprehensive collection of American periodicals published between 1684 and 1912.
- Academic Search Premier — Excellent database for newspapers, magazines, and journals
- Academic OneFile — Another great database for newspapers, magazines, and journals
- US Modernist Library — An outstanding repository of scanned architectural periodicals, including Architectural Record, American House Carpenter, and Sears, Roebuck, and Co. catalogs and plan books.
Resources for Chicago Style
Local Mapping Resources
Other Great Sources for Historic Preservation
- Building Oregon: Architecture of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest
- Cities and Buildings Database — University of Washington Digital Collections
- The Great Buildings Collection
- Historic Preservation Research Guide — University of Oregon
- Library of Congress HABS/HAER Collection
- National Park Services Technical Preservation Services
- Preservation Directory
- Lower Columbia Preservation Society