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Lake Oswego Public Library Historic Photographs Collection



The mission of the photo collection is to visually document the history of Lake Oswego and its environs and to maintain, preserve, and protect the collection in a safe repository with access available to library patrons.





The Lake Oswego Public Library’s collection of more than 6,000 historic photographs is available from the library website (


You may reproduce or download these photos without prior permission on the condition that you provide proper acknowledgement to the Lake Oswego Public Library on all copies unless otherwise noted in the database. (You may use a statement such as “Courtesy of the Lake Oswego Public Library.”)


The Lake Oswego Public Library claims only physical ownership of this collection.  Persons wishing to broadcast or publish this material must assume all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of copyrights.


The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Lake Oswego Public Library and the City of Lake Oswego, its officers, employees and agents from and against all suits, claims, actions, and expenses arising out of the use of reproductions from the Lake Oswego Public Library Historic Photos Collection.





Because of the value of these photographs, the originals may not be taken from the library.  If you don’t want to use the online digital images, you may order professionally produced photographic prints made from the original negatives or prints by making arrangements with the library staff.  The photographic prints will be made at a reputable local studio with the patron covering all costs.  The library does not make any profit from this service.



February 2008