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While the University Archives contains a wide variety of information about Western's past history, several other campus offices should also be consulted for specific types of questions. Off-campus, a number of local public libraries, archives, museums, genealogical associations and county and city offices retain information about Polk County history and keep records about the individuals who worked at Western or attended the institution.


On Campus

  Library and Media Services
The library contains numerous books on Polk Country and Oregon history and numerous 19th and 20th century Polk County newspapers on microfilm. To locate books, search the online catalog.

Alumni Association
A database of alumni names is maintained by the Alumni Association, located in the Cottage.

Records Manager
Retention schedules for various campus offices are maintained by the Records Manager whose office is located in the Business Office on the 1st floor of the Administration Building.

Registrar's Office
Transcripts from 1890 - to date (except 1909-11) are retained at the Registrar's Office located on the 1st floor of the Administration Building. Certain records are confidential and require written release or approval of the Registrar.

Public Relations
News releases and photographs created by the Office of Public Relations and Communication are located on the 2nd floor of the Administration Building.


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-Oregon State Archives
-Oregon State University Archives
-University of Oregon Archives
-OSSHE Archives - Maintains record schedules for the Oregon State System of Higher Education.

-OSSHE Record Services
Rm 20 Susan Campbell Hall
University of Oregon
Eugene, OR

Libraries/Historical Societies
-Oregon State Library Genealogy, census, and Oregon history
-Oregon Historical Society

State Newspapers

-Oregon Spectator
Location: WOU Library Microfilm
Index 1846-1854

-Oregonian, (1851 - to date)
Location: WOU Library
For the latest holdings information, search for the Oregonian using the library's Journal Titles function.
-Statesman Journal
WOU Library holdings 1854 - 1873; 1963 - 1973. Location: WOU Library Microfilm. Current year in paper.
Complete holdings of the Statesman are available at the Oregon State Library.
Indexing for 1987 - Sept 2002, available through the Oregon Index. Also, contact the Salem Public Library.


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Polk County

  Land Records
The County Clerk's Office at the Polk County Courthouse
Maintains a variety of land records - deeds, mortgages, and donation land claims.

Polk County Courthouse
850 Main Street
Dallas, OR 97338
Tel.: (503)623-9217

Oregon Genealogical & Historical Societies
Polk County Genealogical Association (Polk County Museum Association)
Polk County Oregon (U.S. Gen Web project)
Willamette Valley Genealogical Society

Dallas Public Library
Independence Public Library
Monmouth Public Library
Western Oregon University

Museums/Historical Societies
Brunk House

Independence Museum
112 South 2nd Street
Independence, OR 97351

Polk County Museum Association
Photographs and artifacts documenting Polk County history

Polk County Historical Society
P.O. Box 67
Monmouth, OR 97361
Tel: (503)623-8171
Publishes Historically Speaking, a journal about Polk County history.


  The Western Oregon University Library owns a large microfilm collection of 19th and 20th century newspapers published in Polk County. Microform reader/printers are available.
List of Polk County Newspapers on microfilm at WOU


  Historically Speaking v. 1, 1967 - to date. The journal of the Polk County Historical Society. An index to volumes 1 - 10 (1967 - 1992) is also available. Volumes 3 and 9 are missing from the library's collection. Location: WOU Library Reserve: UC 94, numbers1054-1062; index shelved at 95-135 pc.

For additional information about Polk County consult the indexes to the Oregon Historical Quarterly, published by the Oregon Historical Society. Separate indexes cover the years 1900-1939; 1940-1960; and 1961-1980.
Location: WOU Library call number: Reference F871.047

After 1980, consult the annual indexes in the back of each bound volume of the Oregon Historical Quarterly, in the WOU Periodicals Collection.

Other Organizations
Monmouth/Independence Chamber of Commerce
Independence Community Profile
Monmouth Community Profile


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