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.
||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.
A database of alumni names is maintained by the Alumni
Association, located in the Cottage.
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
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.
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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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
Genealogical & Historical Societies
Genealogical Association (Polk County Museum Association)
Polk County Oregon
(U.S. Gen Web project)
Valley Genealogical Society
Dallas Public Library
112 South 2nd Street
Independence, OR 97351
Photographs and artifacts documenting Polk County history
Polk County Historical Society
P.O. Box 67
Monmouth, OR 97361
Publishes Historically Speaking, a journal about
Polk County history.
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
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.
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