Local History & Genealogy

Library Subscriptions

Ancestry.com Library Edition
Genealogical and historical resources including census records. Available in the library.

Library Resources

Local history collection

The Corvallis Public Library has a local history collection on the second floor.

Newspaper Collection

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

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

History of Benton County by David Fagan (Google Books)
Original index to History of Benton County
Revised index to History of Benton County
Shelf location: REF 979.5 FAGAN

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

Other Benton County documents are available on the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department’s Benton County Historical Resources site and the Oregon State Library Digital Collections site.


Newspaper Indexes

1862 – 1921Historic Oregon Newspapers
A full-text-searchable collection of scanned microfilm from 10 Benton County newspapers. Use the advanced search to limit by county or city and date.
1865 – 1925Benton County Genealogical Society Newspaper Project
An index of birth, marriage, and death announcements in Benton County papers.
1969 – 1999Corvallis 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 – presentCorvallis 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
or jane.stoltz@lee.net.
2005 – presentCorvallis Gazette-Times For unlimited searches, ask a librarian for in-library access to our subscription.

Local Organizations

Benton County Historical Society and Museum
Preserves historical artifacts including photographs, yearbooks, maps, and manuscripts from Benton County and beyond.

Benton County Genealogical Society
Resources in print and microfilm (shelf  list). Non-members may use the library for a fee of $5.00 per day or hire a researcher.

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.

Additional Resources

The Oregon Historical Society has launched a Digital Collection.

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.