Columbia River Maritime Museum


photo by Michael Mathers

Housed within the Museum’s east end offices, the Ted M. Natt Research Library contains a growing collection of historical resources pertaining to the maritime history of the Columbia River and the Pacific Northwest.

Considered one of the best repositories in the country for maritime material from the region, the Library is vital to the Museum’s mission, and serves scholars across the United States and abroad.

This non-circulating reference collection is available by appointment on Tuesdays between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to scholars, historians and the general public. Please contact the curatorial staff at least one week in advance to schedule an appointment.

Using the Research Library

The Columbia River Maritime Museum provides staff assistance and a secure, comfortable environment in which to view library materials. The staff will provide guidance in using catalogs and finding aids, and can also suggest other sources that may aid your research.

You may source library materials in person, by phone, or in writing via mail, fax or e-mail.

Library CatalogSearch the library catalog

Please be aware of the rights and permissions extended to you for use of materials from the Research Library.

About the Photography Collection

The Columbia River Maritime Museum’s photography collection includes over 20,000 images, most pertaining to nineteenth and early twentieth century history of the Columbia River.

Features of the collection include:

  • Shipwrecks at the mouth of the Columbia River (view the shipwreck map)
  • Steamboats
  • Fishing activities and vessels
  • U.S. Navy, World War II
  • Cannery operations
  • Views of Astoria, Oregon and other river communities
  • Large sailing vessels of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries

For a complete list of photographic subject categories, view the Photography Subject Holdings.

Obtaining Images for Publication and Historical Research

Reproduction 8x10 images from the photography collection are available in print or high-resolution digital format for $30 each (shipping included). Orders must be paid before requests will be processed, and require approximately three weeks to complete.

To order a reproduction print or digital file, please download and complete an image request form, and mail it to the Museum with your payment.

Adobe PDF Download and complete the image request form

NOTE: Images published in any medium require written permission of the Columbia River Maritime Museum. Use fees (beyond the cost of the image) and other conditions apply. Please review our image reproduction and use policy for details. Permission to use the image(s) is not fully granted until fees are paid.