The books are organized by a modified Dewey system. Be sure to scan the shelves for all items in a general category, for example, 973 A000 Census.
Adjacent to the front desk is the Rare Book Area comprised of:
A Ready Reference section, which contains selected basic reference books, mainly for U.S. research.
Oregon Masonic publications, 1854–1998.
Two binders for newsletter exchanges (West Coast societies; and all other societies).
Multnomah County marriage records (License Index 1874–1978, Marriage Records 1855–1924).
Oregon Death Certificates 1903–1905.
Miscellaneous rare books.
Lost and Found.
Adjacent to the Rare Book Area is a file cabinet housing NGS, FGS and miscellaneous audio tapes of conference presentations. The accompanying lecture outlines for many of them are found at R371 A425 - R371 N547.
Behind the Rare Book Area are several index card file cabinets, and in some cases accompanying binders related to the indexes:
Spulniak index cards: Mrs. Frank (Joanne) Grider Spulniak was a genealogical
researcher. Individual index cards are for individuals, arranged alphabetically. Box
reference is obsolete, but see Spulniak manuscript files, (in the Multi-Purpose Area in the
back of the library) also arranged alphabetically.
Member Pedigree Charts: A name card file which is an index to pedigree charts in blue
Canadian Interest Group: Index cards for individuals, arranged alphabetically. The index
cards don't seem to have any relationship to the member charts for Canada found in the
Early Settlers who resided in Oregon before 1900: A name card file which is an index to
pedigree charts in red binders. Names submitted by GFO members.
Spencer Leonard Collection: A card file of Civil War veterans from any state who resided
in or visited Oregon.
Surnames: A card file to names in un-indexed family histories found in the 929.2 section.
Misc. Barnett Notes: Index cards which probably refer to two file drawers labeled Barnett
in the manuscript section. See also James Duff Barnett, Descendants of William Barnett
1679–1762, 929.2 B2613.
The Book Collection is comprised largely of donated volumes. Check the online catalog and
scan the shelves. You may be pleasantly surprised at what we have. A general guide follows:
Religion & General Subjects, e.g. Afro-American, Adoption, General Migration, Legal.
General Subjects: Greek Letter Organizations, Transcription, Sociology, Cemeteries & Death, Family Reunions, Folklore, Encyclopedias, Handwriting, Dictionaries, Surveying, Calendars & Dates, Genetics, Organization, Interviewing, Society Management, Architecture, Photography, Travel, Atlases, Biography, Professional Genealogy.
Family Genealogies, arranged alphabetically by primary surname.
Group Genealogies: catalogs, compendiums, directories, indexes, queries, research directories, names.
Heraldry, Royal Genealogies, Coats of Arms, Flags.
Organized by global geographic region, then country, then local region (state, province, etc.) Be sure to check the geographical area guide posted on the pillars/walls. Note: not all regional categories make sense, For example, under the region (Mountain/US) are Kansas, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
General West, Northwest, and Oregon Trail.
Oversized books: Found at the rear of the regional geographic stacks. One cabinet contains only
family histories, the other has general and regional books.
Oversized Atlases: Found in a separate bookcase on the brick pillar, between AR and TN.
Separate map sheets are found in a map cabinet in the Multi-Purpose Area in the back of the
Northwest Schools Collection: Comprised primarily of yearbooks, contains all books relating
to schools found in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska, and is found in the main aisle
leading to the Multi-Purpose Area in the back of the library.
Pacific Northwest and miscellaneous Directories & Oregon Phone Books are on the north wall.
CDs are on the north wall. See “CD Title” and “CD Title: Alphabetical Lists”. Use the
appropriate program and use the computer labeled “View CDs on this computer.”
Microfilm: Most is on the west wall, adjacent to the IN & OH volumes section. A collection of
miscellaneous films includes Canadian topics (quite limited) and U.S topics (especially strong in
Native American and military subjects, and then a limited collection on US states.)
Multi-Purpose Area in the back of the library:
Most of our Oregon microfilms.
Oregon Cemetery records: Two collections, each filed by county, then by cemetery.
Regional Vertical files: Miscellaneous pamphlets, unbound materials, loose papers, etc., organized by state, then subject.