The SOHS Library is OPEN to the public at 106 N. Central Avenue in Medford, with FREE access to the SOHS Archives, from 12:00 - 4:00 pm, Tuesday through Saturday. Appointments are not necessary. Please contact, or call 541-622-2025 ex 200 to ask questions or request research.


SOHS's Research Website

SOHS maintains multiple websites: (the current site): This website was created in 2010 to provide access to multiple indexes created by Library staff and volunteers. From 2015 to 2022, it also functioned as SOHS's primary website. The Main Menu on the site provides links to many indexes created by SOHS volunteers and staff to improve access to SOHS's Archives. Selected indexes are listed below. 
SOHS.ORG: This is now SOHS's primary site, where current events and news are covered. It was developed by ProjectA, and is maintained by SOHS staff and ProjectA. 
Online Catalog: The online catalog covers thousands of artifacts that are in the SOHS collection, and provides images for many of them. The photographs, documents, maps and library materials in the SOHS Archives are also included. The online catalog is not complete, however, and SOHS still depends on its online indexes plus its old card catalog and printed materials to explore the archives. 
Southern Oregon History Revised: This site, developed and maintained by Ben Truwe, provides full text articles about a wide range of subjects pertaining to Southern Oregon's history. 
Historical Markers in Jackson County: This site, developed and maintained by Peter Kreisman, Linda Kreisman, and Pat Harper, provides locations and information for over 100 historical markers that can be found in Jackson County. 

MATERIALS ON THIS WEBSITE: (for assistance, please  visit, call or email the Library) 

Mega Index: This index covers fifty six resources that provide information on people, places and events in Southern Oregon. The concept is that a keyword search, using a person's name or other words, will return results from indexes for multiple books, maps, scrapbooks, magazines, and other sources. The sources include SOHS's Vertical Files, SOHS Magazines, Jackson County military lists, etc. This extremely valuable source is not all-inclusive. It should never be the ONLY source for research on Southern Oregon history!
Photos Index: The SOHS Archives includes over 100,000 photographs. Over 60,000 are indexed. Although most of the photos are not available online, there are links to nearly 4,000 photos embedded in the index. All other photos are available for purchase or viewing through the SOHS Archives.
Search Other Sites: This helpful page provides a way to search multiple other websites once, then view the results from each site. All of us tend to forget sometimes that the Jackson County Genealogical Society Library, the Medford Mail Tribune, SOU and, last but not least, the Southern Oregon History Revised websites are incredibly rich resources. This search page is a great reminder, and a tool that simplifies searching. The page also lists additional resources, such as the public libraries, but does not search their collections. 
Address Index: SOHS has indexed multiple resources that provide historical information concerning properties in southern Oregon. Staff can also provide information on pursuing the history of your own home or building. 
As It Was Stories: If you are interested in some of southern Oregon's more colorful stories, try the As It Was stories. Each one has been aired on Jefferson Public Radio just once, but you can read and/or listen to the full text on the SOHS and JPR websites. 
Biographies: SOHS staff and volunteers have written biographical sketches about notable southern Oregonians, and provided photos for each sketch. 
Century Farms: Southern Oregon Century Farms are listed on this page, and eventually photos and additional information will be added. 
Film List: SOHS Archives includes 5,000 or more film clips. These are being digitized by volunteers and indexed as they complete the process. Although the films are not yet available for online viewing, they may be viewed during SOHS Library hours. More volunteers are needed for this ambitious and interesting project.
Frank Clark Inventory: Frank Clark was such a well known and distinguished architect in southern Oregon that an inventory of his buildings and homes was done in 1982. The results of that inventory, plus information about Frank Clark projects from other sources, are available on our website. 
SOHS Magazines: SOHS has decided to share the full text of its past magazines on the website. This rich source of articles on Southern Oregon history has limited indexing. Use this link to browse random issues.