Category Archives: Research Tips

A Sense of Place: Halls Ferry

This article was written for the Statesman Journal and published April 2015. It is reproduced here for reference purposes. “We recently bought a piece of property out River Rd. past the island, but before the first railroad overpass,” so their … Continue reading

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Artifact Research Using the Internet: Whiteaway, Laidlaw & Co.

by TeAnna, Exhibit Intern While researching clothing pieces, you find out some pretty cool things such as how far the clothing article potentially traveled or famous people connected to the item. With a computer and help from Google, this task … Continue reading

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The Historical Value of Your Basketball Jersey from the 5th Grade

by TeAnna, Exhibits Intern Back at my parent’s house, you can find a grey, one gallon storage tub in the attic.  This tub is essentially a cloth time capsule of my childhood.  Every soccer, basketball and softball jersey, t-shirts commemorating … Continue reading

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Women’s Undergarments: Corsets, Girdles, Brassieres, Oh My!

by TeAnna, Exhibits Intern While some may feel a little uncomfortable discussing women’s undergarments, let’s face it, they’ve been around long enough to be openly discussed and talked about.  I find the history of these undergarments to be fascinating, especially … Continue reading

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Salem High School/North Salem High School History Resource

We were so pleased today to learn about the work the North Salem Alumni Association has been doing to preserve the history of Salem’s oldest high school. Check out their website here to view biographical information about distinguished alumni and … Continue reading

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Sorting Through Undated Clothing: My Methods

by TeAnna, Exhibits Intern At least half of the enormous collection of clothing the WHC (Willamette Heritage Center) collections remains undated. If I chose not to use these items based solely off the fact that the information I need from these … Continue reading

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Willamette Collegian Newspaper is now Searchable Online

Great news from Willamette University’s Archives!  The Willamette Collegian Newspaper is now online and searchable.  Get first hand documentation on campus and community life with ease and in your pajamas if you like.  You can keyword search or browse by … Continue reading

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Karoline Alsgaard and the Power of the Internet

The internet has opened up powerful avenues for researching and identifying museum collections that just didn’t exist a decade ago. Take for example this photo, which was identified today, thanks to the Find-A-Grave.com website. Find-A-Grave is an online database of … Continue reading

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Oregon National Guard Newsletters now Online

The Oregon State Library has digitized and created an online access portal to the Oregon National Guard Newsletters from 1921-1962.  The newsletters are chock full of interesting information about the Oregon National Guard and its members.  The database has a … Continue reading

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Windows of Migrant Life Website

This interview with Amelia Bustamante is just one of the fabulous snippets of history that have been collected by Miguel A. Salinas and Lidia S. Salinas on their website documenting the history of Migrant Life in the Willamette Valley.  We … Continue reading

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