Want to learn more about Astoria’s colorful history? This is a great place to start!
Astor Library Digital Archives
Explore Astoria Public Library’s historical archives, including local scrapbooks, police mugshots from the 1930-1950s, and photos of the 1895 (wooden!) water pipeline installation.
Sanborn Maps – Fire insurance maps published by the Sanborn Map Company 1884-1908
ProQuest - Black and white. Free with Astoria Public Library card.
Library of Congress - Full color. Free. Click “Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps Online Checklist and search for Oregon.
Historic Oregon Newspapers
Many of Astoria’s historic newspapers have been digitized including the Finnish newspapers Toveri and Toveritar.
Liisa Penner Research Center & Archives
Located in the Clatsop County Historical Society, highlights of the archive include personal diaries and journals dating to the 1840s, City Directories beginning in the 1890s, Sanborn and Metsker Maps, local high school yearbooks, materials related to the local Finnish population, the museum’s Native American family history project, and over 45,000 historic photos.
Research the history of your home
Lower Columbia Preservation Society's in-depth guide for uncovering the history of your home. This guide is specific to properties within the City of Astoria, but many of the steps are applicable for Clatsop County in general.
10 Preservation Activities to do in Astoria, Oregon
Columbia River Maritime Museum Collections
Explore the museum’s online catalogues of their extensive collections of cultural material related to the mighty Columbia River.
Explore your family history with the premier collection of U.S. obituaries and death notices for in-depth genealogical research from 1704 – today. Free with Astoria Public Library card.
The Astorian, 2000-2023 (NewsBank)
Archives for the Daily Astorian. Free with Astoria Public Library card.