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Local History Collection

The Tigard Public Library has a Local History Room, which features a collection of local history materials that document the Tigard's development from 1850 to the present. Although the primary focus is the city of Tigard, it also contains some material on nearby communities and Washington County in general.

The Local History Room is located on the 2nd floor of the library. The collection includes:

  • Books, articles and newspaper clippings
  • Maps and atlases
  • Photographs and scrapbooks
  • Tigard High School yearbooks
  • Information on historical businesses, entrepreneurs and notable residents

Curtis Tigard Interview

Curtis Tigard, whose grandfather Wilson M. Tigard founded our city in 1852, sat down with cameras rolling on October 1, 2010 and recalled some great tales for use as a historical record.

Mr. Tigard was born in 1909, and as you'll see in the video, he is witty, conversant and very sharp as he recalls magical moments of his boyhood in Tigard in the early 1900's. Hunting skunks at the foot of Bull Mountain, swimming in Fanno Creek behind where the library now sits, catching crawdads in the Tualatin River, walking 6 miles to and from high school fueled by 6 maple bars after football practice are just some of the stories you'll hear.

He also discusses finding a job during the Great Depression and how his wife helped the founding of Cook Park half a century ago. The interview was conducted, appropriately, in his uncle's home, the John Tigard House (now the Tigard Historical Association,) which was saved from demolition in the 1970's. The home was moved over 30 years ago and sits on the corner of SW Canterbury Lane and SW 103rd in Tigard.
 Local History Room Hours
(New hours effective 4/1/19)
Mon-Fri   10 AM–9 PM
Saturday   10 AM–6 PM
Sunday  12 PM–6 PM
The Local History Room is located on the 2nd floor of the Tigard Public Library.
 Contact Us
  Voice: 503-684-6537
  Renewal Line: 503-846-3245
  13500 SW Hall Blvd. 
  Tigard, OR 97223
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 Local History Resources
Explore the history of Tigard or search for ancestors who lived in the area
Historic Photos

historic sites

Other Resources:

Index of Obituaries from the Tigard Sentinel and Tigard Times 1924-2007
Excel File  |  PDF File

Local Newspapers
The Library has microfilm of the Tigard Sentinel and Tigard Times from 1924-2011. 
Guide to Archives:
Describes the general contents of archived materials in the Library's Local History Room.
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