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Our collections are the heart and soul of our organization and we take their preservation very seriously. How we handle fragile objects and catalog each item is an important process. Our staff is given the responsibility of documenting each artifact, identifying their owner or donor, assigning a reference number, taking a photo, and storing the information into our Past-Perfect computer file.

The Collections Committee meets periodically to:

  • Review and approve policies to determine which documents, books, photos, etc. the Museum    shall collect and remove from the collection.
  • Recommend items for removal to Board of Directors.
  • Process incoming and outgoing collection items.
  • Remove identified items from the collections.
  • Computer entry into collections database.
  • Cleaning, care and conservation of items as needed.
  • Research items as needed. Recommend, assist with exhibits.


We are in the process of transferring data from cassette tape to digital for computer storage. If you or a friend or family member would like to be interviewed, please give us a call so an interviewer can arrange a convenient time. It would only take a couple of hours.

Responsibilities of the Oral History Committee are to:

  • Contact potential candidates for Oral History Interviews.
  • Schedule and conduct interviews, either at the Depot Museum or at the interviewee’s place    of residence.
  • Complete appropriate consent and personal data paperwork with, and take a snapshot of, the    interviewee.
  • Copy the audio recording, catalog and store the Oral History Interviews to computer.
  • Transcribe interviews, save the data to computer and the hard-copy to file.
  • Supply a copy of the transcribed interview to the Interviewee.


Canby Historical Society produces an annual Historical Calendar with vintage photos of the Canby area, people and events. This has been a tradition for us since 1984, and our patrons and people in the area look forward to this publication. Canby Historical Society has a vast photo archive collection but we’re always on the lookout for more photos. If you have a quality vintage photo of street scenes, old buildings, school events or people, and can supply the year, description and names of people, we can certainly use it in our Calendar and we'll give you credit by naming you as the source!

If you have not picked up our 2013 Historical Calendar, please do so and help support Canby Historical Society. The cost is $9.00 and you can purchase them at several businesses in Canby or at the Canby Depot Museum.

Our Calendar Committee consists entirely of volunteers who:

  • Search our archives for the right photo.
  • Ascertain the description (i. e. year, names,descriptions of locations and buildings).
  • Design the Calendar and proof it.
  • Send it off to the publisher.
  • Distribute copies to our advertisers and the public.

Oral History

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