Research Library and Archives
The research library and archives are open to the public Tuesdays-Fridays (Noon-4 pm) or by appointment. Researchers can access our reference materials and much of our collections during opening hours. Access to the library and archives are included as part of admission to the museum. Admission is $6.00 for adults, $5.00 for seniors, $4.00 for students, and $3.00 for youths ages 6-17, and FREE for WHC Members. If you cannot come during opening hours, we may be able to schedule an appointment at least two weeks in advance of your intended visit. To make an appointment please contact us.
Our collections focus is the Mid-Willamette Valley, with the majority of materials documenting areas within Marion County, Oregon and the greater Salem area. We also have significant collections of materials related to the Methodist Mission to Oregon and Oregon’s Textile Industries. We have five collections storage facilities on site housing everything from three-dimensional materials to photographs. We do our best to accommodate access to materials in our collection, but cannot guarantee that materials can be made accessible at all times. Advance notice of your arrival can help us improve the chances the materials you are interested in could be available. For best service, please contact us at least two weeks in advance.
The Research Library and Archives are located on the NW corner of the Willamette Heritage Center grounds in a yellow stucco building. Free parking is available in the main museum lot located at 1313 Mill St SE, Salem, Oregon 97301. Admission can be paid at the museum orientation center at the museum entrance illustrated below. Directions to the Willamette Heritage Center can be found here.
If you are looking for general information about life in the Mid-Willamette Valley, we recommend you take a tour of the Willamette Heritage Center exhibits. Much of our collections are on exhibit throughout our fifteen historic structures and five acre site. The exhibits are open to the public Monday-Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Admission is charged ($6.00 for adults, $5.00 seniors, $4.00 Students, $3.00 youth ages 6-17, Free WHC Members). For more information about the museum click here.
We can provide some limited services for individuals who cannot come to the museum in person. We can provide basic reference assistance (i.e. help you determine if we have materials in our collection that would be helpful for your research) by phone or email. However, we do charge an off-site research fee for providing copies of materials found in our collections or doing research on your behalf. We charge a basic fee of $40.00 per hour, charged in $10.00 quarter-hour intervals. Please call or email for a quote.