The following are research libraries associated with the Washington County Museum. These outstanding libraries offer extensive research on local history, culture, and people.

Robert L. Benson Research Library, Museum Collections and Archives

ArchivesThe Robert L. Benson Research Library contains an extensive collection of Washington County historic source materials, which includes hundreds of manuscripts, images, maps, oral histories, and rare books.

The Museum holds an extensive collection of photographs and negatives. To view digital images from our collection, please visit Washington County Heritage Online (WCHO). While we work on the WCHO project, please use this PDF inventory to see rough descriptions of all of the photographic prints in our collection, using CTRL+F to search the document: Washington County Museum Photographic Prints Inventory (PDF).

The Washington County Museum Library and Archives Manuscript Collection of the Robert L. Benson Research Library offers extensive aids for research and finding aids such as the MSS.001 Albert Tozier Collection (PDF), MSS.002 Veterans of WWI, Hillsboro Barracks #933 (PDF), MSS.003 Daughters of the American Revolution (David Hill Chapter) Records (PDF), MSS.004 Washington County Agricultural Society Records (PDF), and MSS.005 United Spanish War Veterans Records (PDF). We are currently working on creating finding aids for the collection and will add them when more are available. While we work on this project, please use this rough PDF inventory to see what we have in our archival collection. Use CTRL+F to search the document:
Washington County Museum Archive Inventory (PDF) or Washington County Museum Library Inventory (PDF).

Location: Portland Community College – Rock Creek Campus
17677 NW Springville Road
Portland, OR 97229
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Hours: The research library is open Monday-Friday by appointment only between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. To make an appointment, please contact the librarian at 503-645-5353, or email us at Contact librarian.

Research Requests: Due to construction at the library, museum collection and archives location, we can only accept limited research requests at this time.

Library and Archives Rules of Use: Please see the Benson Library and Archives Rules (pdf).

Library Fees & Charges

Copies: General public: $0.25 for each copy
WCM Members and Students: First 100 copies are free ($10 surcharge for orders over 100 pages). Photocopying of primary manuscript materials, photographs, fragile or oversize books, and maps may be restricted.

Fees for Personal, Government, and Non-Profit Use of WCM Photos: WCM Members: $5 per scan of photographs or manuscript item
Non-Members: $10 per scan of photographs or manuscript items
$5 for a DVD (you may bring your own DVD or USB drive)

Fee for Commercial Publication of WCM Photos: $25 per image for print or public display. Please talk to staff for pricing for other commercial uses

Staff Research Time: WCM Members: $15/hour after first 2 hours
Non-Members: $25/hour after the first 30 minutes

Washington County Heritage Online

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The Pacific University Library and Washington County Museum have partnered to create a digital repository of photographs chronicling the county’s rich history. Supported in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The click of a mouse gives you instant access to thousands of photos chronicling Washington County’s rich history. Looking for a picture of the Old Scotch Church? One click access.

The online access is free and yours for the exploring.

And please visit the other Heritage Organizations around the county and state.