Oregonian (1850-1987)
An Archive of Americana Collection

Quick Facts

  • The oldest newspaper in Oregon offers fascinating insight into American life
  • Explore 137 years of American local, regional and national history
  • Ideal for a broad range of users, including researchers, students and genealogists


Covering 137 years of American local, regional and national history, the Oregonian is the oldest continuously published newspaper on the west coast of the United States. The Oregonian, published in Portland since 1850, has won numerous Pulitzer Prizes and long provided important perspectives and reporting on a broad range of issues and events.

As one of the major U.S. newspapers comprising the online American Newspaper Archives, the Oregonian digital edition enables all users—researchers, students and genealogists—to easily search and browse this historically significant publication from the middle of the 19th century to the late 20th century.

19th-century beginnings
The newspaper was founded in 1850 as the Weekly Oregonian by two businessmen who sought to establish a publication that openly endorsed the Whig party, while promoting Portland. The first issue was distributed on December 4, 1850, having been printed on “an old hand press and worn type.” The paper’s 19th-century archives are a rich resource for original reporting on Indian wars; territorial status; political struggles between the Whigs, Democrats and “Know Nothings”; the Civil War; Pacific Railroad; and much more.

An award-winning newspaper in the 20th century
In 1937, the Morning Oregonian shortened its name to the Oregonian. Two years later, its associate editor received a Pulitzer Prize for “distinguished editorial writing.” In 1957 two of this paper’s staff writers were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting for their fearless exposé of vice and corruption among municipal officers and teamsters. The newspaper’s 20th-century archives offer unique insight into such issues as Progressive Era reforms, the Ku Klux Klan, World War I, Prohibition, the Great Depression, World War II, logging and lumbering and much more.

An American Newspaper Archive
One of the major titles in American Newspaper Archives, this digital edition enables users to easily search and browse the Oregonian. Digital editions of dozens of other vital American newspapers, from every region of the United States, are also available individually. Each is cross-searchable via an integrated interface that allows users to easily view, magnify, print and save digital page images.

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