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Historical Resources

In addition to the catalogs, article databases, and newspapers described here, the following sources can be useful for researching the history of Medford. For further assistance, contact the History Librarian, David Woken, at

  • Medford Oregon History Website sponsored by the Medford Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission.
  • Index to the Oregon Historical Quarterly (REF KNIGHT F871 .O43)
    Three volumes covering the Oregon Historical Quarterly from the 1900 through 1980. The fourth volume, covering 1981-2000, is available online.
  • Oregon Historical Quarterly via JSTOR -- full text, searchable access, 1900-present.
  • Sanborn fire insurance maps.
    Historic large scale maps with building detail for Oregon cities. Medford maps are available for 1888, 1890, 1893, 1898, 1907, 1911, 1927 and 1927-1950.
  • General Land Office maps and survey notes record detailed information about land conditions and use during early U.S. settlement. City of Medford is within Township 37S, Ranges 1W and 2W which were first surveyed by the General Land Office in 1855.
  • Historic Topographic Maps by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) are available for Medford and the surrounding areas.  The first available USGS topograhic maps for the area are dated 1891. 
  • Building Oregon Images and documentation on the architectural heritage of Oregon with specific emphasis on historical sites. May be searched or browsed by city.
  • National Historic Landmark Program. Links to resources on contacts, eligibility, compiling research, drafting and submitting nominations, and the review process. A National Historic Landmark database, searchable by city and state, is also included.
  • Oregon Historic Sites Database.
    Beta version of a database of historic sites, which may be searched by city, building style or function.
  • Census data and maps via Social Explorer (UO only.)  Jackson County data available from 1860-forward; Medford city data available from 1980.
    • Historic census information also can be found in printed reports, which are maintained in the Document Center.