Ancestry.com Library Edition
Genealogical and historical resources including census records. Available in the library.
Local history collection
The Corvallis Public Library has a local history collection on the second floor.
Our newspaper collection on microfilm includes Benton County newspapers from 1857 to the present, and the library has several microfilm readers for scanning and printing. This newspaper timeline shows which newspaper microfilm are available for a given date.
Scanned local history documents
Corvallis in 1900 by Minerva Kiger-Reynolds
A history of Corvallis before 1900
Shelf location: REF 979.534 KIGER
A selection of our print collection has been scanned
1934 Maxson’s Corvallis Directory, Volume 1
1937 Maxson’s Corvallis Directory, Volume 3
1940 Maxson’s Corvallis Directory, Volume 5
1947 Maxson’s Corvallis Directory, Volume 5
1954 Corvallis Telephone Directory
Shelf location: REF 917.95 CORVALLI
Published from 1962 to 1965
Vol 1, No 1, Winter 1962
Vol 1, No 2, Spring 1962
Vol 1, No 3, Summer 1962
Vol 1, No 4, Autumn 1962
Vol 2, No 1, Winter 1963
Vol 2, No 2, Spring 1963
Vol 2, No 3, Summer 1963
Vol 2, No 4, Fall 1963
Vol 3, No 1, Winter 1964
Vol 3, No 2, Spring 1964
Vol 3, No 3, Summer 1964
Vol 3, No 4, Autumn 1964
Vol 4, No 1, Winter 1965
Vol 4, No 2, Spring 1965
Vol 4, No 3, Summer 1965
Shelf location: REF 979.5 CORVALLI
A Guide To Trails In The Corvallis Area by Phillip R. Hays
Made available by generous agreement with the author
Shelf location: REF 917.9534 HAYS
Other Corvallis documents are available on the Oregon State Library Digital Collections site.
Inventory of the County Archives of Oregon, No. 2 Benton County (28 MB file)
A detailed history of Benton County.
Shelf location: REF 979.5 BENTON
Benton County Historic Article Scans Index
An index to a selection of more than 700 scanned newspaper articles, primarily of historic Benton County buildings and events. Please contact us for the scanned images.
Benton County Business Directories, 1867-1932. Searchable transcriptions hosted by the Benton County Historical Society. Primarily Corvallis, Monroe, and Philomath coverage.
Benton County Historic Register. Survey forms provide the details and stories of more than 50 historic properties in Benton County (credit deyanira source). Photographs are provided for several properties.
Enumeration of the inhabitants of Benton County… 1854
A list of Benton County residents in 1854
A History of Philomath College by C.G. Springer
Philomath College is now the site of the Benton County Historical Society & Museum
|1862 – 1921||Historic Oregon Newspapers
A full-text-searchable collection of scanned microfilm from 10 Benton County newspapers. Advanced searches can be done on the Historic Oregon Newspapers search page. For a quick search limited to Benton County newspapers, use this form.
|1865 – 1925||Benton County Genealogical Society Newspaper Project
An index of birth, marriage, and death announcements in Benton County papers.
|1969 – 1999||Corvallis Gazette-Times index
An index of obituaries, articles, letters to the editor, and other notable news published in the Corvallis Gazette-Times newspaper over a 30-year period from 7-1-1969 through 11-30-1999. This resource would not exist without the careful and tireless work of our library volunteers.
|1996 – present||Corvallis Gazette-Times newsroom The newsroom can perform a brief search of their local records for a date and page number. Contact Jane Stoltz at 541-758-9524
|2005 – present||Corvallis Gazette-Times For unlimited searches, ask a librarian for in-library access to our subscription.|
Benton County Historical Society and Museum
Preserves historical artifacts including photographs, yearbooks, maps, and manuscripts from Benton County and beyond.
Corvallis Family History Center
Free access to genealogy subscription databases on center computers, and paid access to microfilm from the vast Family History Library collection in Salt Lake City.
Oregon Parks & Recreation Department’s History & Archaeology Library hosts several Benton County documents, a guide to historical records, and a list of national register sites and historic cemeteries.