Historic Preservation

Historic Structure Report — examples
Historic Structure Report format (.pdf 89.4KB) — California State Parks

Historic Structure Report guidelines (.pdf 36.9KB) — Alaska Department of Natural Resources

Preparation and Use of Historic Structure Reports — Old House Web

Historic Significance


Oregon State Historic Preservation Office — search for a property and view details

Oregon Historic Sites Database — an online database for both National Register and surveyed properties.

Oregon State Archives — most relevant information has not been made searchable online. However, these archives hold valuable, county-level information. You can contact a reference librarian for help with specific questions.

Oregon Heritage Commission — Clatsop County History Publications. Maps, illustrations, photos, surveys, and much more. Some of these publications are digitized. Others may be available through interlibrary loan or at the Clatsop County Historical Society.

Restore Oregon (formerly the Historic Preservation League of Oregon) — nice, multi-purpose list of relevant resources to help determine significance.

Historic Oregon Newspapers: a searchable newspaper database — on this site you can search and access complete content for historic Oregon newspapers.

Archives West — access to descriptions of primary sources in the western United States, including correspondence, diaries or photographs.

Sears Home Archive — from 1908–1940, Sears, Roebuck and Company sold more than 100,000 homes through their mail-order Modern Homes program


Department of Archeology & Historic Preservation: a searchable cultural database — Washington State's primary agency with knowledge and expertise in historic preservation.


National Register of Historic Places — search this database for more in-depth information about significant properties.

Historic Map Works, Residential Genealogy: a searchable map database — an historic digital map database of North America and the world.

Archivegrid — a database of historical documents, personal papers and family histories in more than 1,000 different archival institutions.


National Trust for Historic Preservation — funding through grants, scholarships and more...

Advisory Council for Historic Preservation — sources of financial assistance

Useful Library & Periodical Resources

Clatsop County Historical Society Cumtux Index — Clatsop Community College has all Cumtux issues.

The Ted Natt Library of the Columbia River Maritime Museum contains more than 12,500 books, periodicals, logs, ledgers, videos, manuscripts, photo albums, and other ephemera relating to local, regional, and international maritime topics, including 33,000 photos. It is open Monday and Wednesday 1:00 to 5:00 pm or by appointment. 

University of Oregon Historic Oregon Newspapers database — Fabulous collection of digitized newspapers from across the state including many from the north coast.

JSTOR — This powerful collection provides access to full-text academic journal articles, books, and primary sources. Includes Oregon Historical Quarterly from 1897 through 2018. JSTOR also includes journals such as APT Bulletin: The Journal of Preservation Technology, Architectural History, Building Material, Built Environment, Construction History, Future Anterior: Journal of Historic Preservation, History, Theory, and Criticism, The Pacific Northwest Quarterly, Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review, etc.

American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collection [EBSCO] — Provides digital access to the most comprehensive collection of American periodicals published between 1684 and 1912.

Academic Search Premier — Excellent database for newspapers, magazines, and journals

Academic OneFile — Another great database for newspapers, magazines, and journals

US Modernist Library — An outstanding repository of scanned architectural periodicals, including Architectural Record, American House Carpenter, and Sears, Roebuck and Co. catalogs and planbooks. 

Resources for Chicago Style

Purdue OWL Chicago Manual of Style 17th Edition guide

Local Mapping Resources

Clatsop County Taxlots — Tax information often includes building diagrams and other helpful information

Astoria GIS maps — based on the county maps but with some additional layers

Astoria Tsunami Evacuation Map

Astoria Public Library Sanborn Maps — requires library card

Other Great Sources for Historic Preservation

Building Oregon: Architecture of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest

Cities and Buildings Database — University of Washington Digital Collections

The Great Buildings Collection

Historic Preservation Research Guide — University of Oregon

Library of Congress HABS/HAER Collection

National Park Services Technical Preservation Services


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