Library and Archives

Southern Oregon Historical Society maintains its Library and Archives at 106 N. Central Avenue in Medford. The Jackson County Library District partners with the Southern Oregon Historical Society to ensure the public has access to SOHS's unique collection of documents, photographs, maps, films, and other materials.  The Library is open five days per week and user fees are waived for all Jackson County residents thanks to this partnership. 

The Library is staffed by a professional Archivist, assisted by volunteers who combine their knowledge of local history with knowledge of SOHS's collection.

Our online indexes provide access to many SOHS resources. 

Open Tuesdays-Saturdays from Noon to 4 pm. (closed during Thanksgiving and Christmas weeks).  Contacting the Library prior to a visit is helpful, but not required.  

Admission is FREE for SOHS members and Jackson County residents, $5 per visit or question for others

The Research Library is one of the largest archival repositories in the state of Oregon. The collection includes the Peter Britt collection (housed on behalf of the Oregon University System) of 5000 glass plate negatives and prints made from them. Our Archives include thousands of additional photos of Southern Oregon, plus diaries, business records, journals, hundreds of maps and architectural drawings, and over 1000 oral histories. 

Questions may be submitted to library personnel and paid for by clicking on the SEND RESEARCH REQUEST button, or by phone or email. Each request incurs a minimum $5 fee (free for members and Jackson County residents), plus related expenses. Payments for research that has been completed may be made by check, or by credit card, using the link below.

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