[Libs-Or] Oregonian resources at MCL

Ross Betzer rossbk at multcolib.org
Mon Dec 5 15:42:43 PST 2011

We recently heard that some libraries have had to reconsider maintaining
database access to the Oregonian, due to rising costs. In light of that, we
thought it might be helpful to let people know about the electronic
Oregonian resources that Multnomah County Library has to offer:

* Newsbank’s Oregonian database with full-text articles from 1987 to the
present. Only includes articles by Oregonian staff writers (so no AP
articles or articles by freelance authors), and does not include photos,
classified listings, death notices, or advertisements.

* Newsbank CD-ROM database of Oregonian articles from 1990 to 1998.
(Accessible only in person at the Central, Midland, or Gresham library
locations.) This CD-ROM is different from the above database in that it
does include articles by writers who were not on the Oregonian staff.
Obituary coverage is nonexistent for 1990, and spotty for 1991. Does not
include photos, classified listings, death notices, or advertisements.

* Oregonian Historical Archive database, covering 1861 through 1987. This
database includes pdf scans of the complete issues, and it does include
photos, advertisements, and classifieds. Searchable by keyword, or you can
browse issues by date.

In addition to these electronic resources, the library also has a card file
subject index to the Oregonian (as well as other local papers like the
Oregon Journal and the Portland Telegram) covering roughly 1905 to 1987. This
card file index emphasizes Oregon, Portland and the Pacific Northwest.
National news is covered as it relates to the area only. Death and birth
notices are not indexed but obituaries are.

The library also owns bound indexes that the Oregonian themselves published
for 1914 to 1929, with some gaps.

We are happy to assist anyone with their Portland or Oregon-related
research, either in person or remotely - various ways to contact us
(including phone, email, and chat) can be found here:

Ross Betzer | Reference Librarian
Multnomah County Library
Phone: 503.988.5728
rossbk at multcolib.org
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