Preparing For Your Appointment

Before you book

To make the most of your research appointment, we suggest the following:

  • Decide on a specific topic you wish to research. Think of a few specific questions you would like to know the answer to.
  • Review our Resource List or contact the museum to see if we have the resources to answer your questions.


Research appointments must be scheduled 24 hours in advance by phone. We suggest you contact the museum prior to your appointment regarding the topics you wish to research so that we can have resources ready for your when you arrive.

Research Room materials are non-circulating. Items cannot be checked out, rented, loaned or otherwise removed from the Carl & Ada Zimmerman Research Room.

Stacks are closed. Refrain from removing materials from research room shelving. Materials must be requested by the researched and retrieved by Gresham Historical Society staff. All materials will be re-shelved by staff.

All bags, large coats, and carrying cases must be placed on the provided shelves prior to conducting research. Please only take the items needed for research to the reading table. Refrain from bringing bulky items such as strollers, carts or luggage to your research appointment.

Cell phone and camera photography (without flash) is permitted in the research room for all collections, except the Gresham Historical Photo Collection. Do not bring other electronic recording devices to your research appointment. The Gresham Historical Society provides photocopy services and can accommodate most requests for digital files.

Silence electronic devices.

No food or drink allowed.

No weapons, including firearms, knives (including Swiss Army knives), or pepper spray are allowed.


Research room appointment

Photography, digital file & permissions

Document printing

Suggested donation $5/hour


$1 per page

What to Bring

Pencils. No pens or markers.

Paper, laptop, or tablet. Portable computers are allowed in the Carl & Ada Zimmerman Research Room. Electrical outlets and wireless internet are available.


Research Room Appointment

Appointments must be scheduled 24 hours in advance. Please contact Gresham Historical Society prior to your appointment with information regarding your research request.

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