For the oldest local historical records, the Internet might not always have what you need readily available. JCLS maintains a considerable historical archive throughout our fifteen branches. Medford and Ashland are home to the largest collections. On this page you will find a sampling of the tools and resources available. You can always ask for help from one of the Reference Librarians in Medford or Ashland if need help locating a specific topic or resource.
Most of the local history books are shelved in two areas: 917.95 and 979.5 / 979.527, whether in the Reference or the Non-Fiction circulating areas. Other books can be found in the 370s for education; 340s for law and finances; 630s for forestry, etc.
The Medford and Ashland Branch Libraries has one regular microfilm reader. There are four digital microfilm readers located in Medford, which can also save images to a flash drive or sent by email. Printouts are 10 cents a page. Photocopiers are also located in the libraries.
This card file is located by the pillar near the Reference Local History bookshelves. It is an index of people, places and events taken from local history materials in the Reference and Non-Fiction circulating collections. Materials used include books, magazines, and newspapers. For each item listed on a card, there is code telling from what the item was found and the page number(s). The Key for the codes is on file cards banded together and kept in the front of the first drawer of the Index.
The Ashland Branch Library has an historical photo collection put together by Terry Skibby. A special locked case collection called the Oregon Cabinet houses many unusual books on Southern Oregon History.