Discover the rich history of Springfield and Lane County, or dive into your own family's story.
Have you just moved into Springfield's historic Washburne district? On this page, you will find information about how to research your house if you live in the historic district.
The best place to start is the City of Springfield's Planning Department where you can contact a planner to find details about the architect and the architectual style of your house.They also might have other historic information including photographs.
The Springfield Museum is another great place to search for historic information regarding your house. The museum has a photograph collection which you can access by contacting the curator and making a research request. There are also vertical research files and a research library that are accessible when the museum is open to the public.
Please contact Springfield Museum Curator Madeline McGraw for more information:
If you know that the person you are researching passed away in Springfield, Oregon, there are options you can explore for finding obituary information through the Springfield Public Library.
We have microfilm of the Springfield News that patrons can only access at the library. Patrons are welcome to come and use our microfilm reader and printer to explore on their own. Prints are $.15 per page.
Tips: When searching microfilm for an obituary, always start the search on the date of death and search about 7 days after the date of death.
Library staff are also available to conduct a search if you are out of the area. Contact us by phone or email and include the death date, place of death, and full name of the person you are researching. Also include your phone number, email, and name.
Searching for an obituary outside of Lane County?
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Cheer on the race walking athletes competing for a place on the Olympic team on June 26th. The trial is happening on 5th and Main Streets, starting from the City Hall Fountain Plaza. As the plaza, City Hall, and the parking lots will be used for the trials, library services will be suspended for the day. The library will resume services on Monday, June 28th.
We are very encouraged by the new facemask guidance issued by the CDC and the Oregon Governor’s Office over the last few days. However, this updated guidance is not yet reflected within existing OHA guidance and Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rules. As a City department, the library is required to follow the OHA and OSHA rules. We ask your cooperation as we await additional clarity, and to continue to wear masks while in the library and City Hall.