The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum has a limited collection of artifacts, objects, documents, and photographs relevant to the history of Cannon Beach and Arch Cape. Our goal is to balance public access to our holdings with appropriate preservation and conservation standards. As a small museum with limited staff, research and reproduction requests are completed as time permits. We appreciate your understanding.

If you are interested in research or reproductions from our collections, please download the forms below and return them to

You may visit the archives by filling out the historic request for information form and letting us know what you are hoping to find. The research library and archives are available by appointment. You can call us at 503-436-9301 or email us at to schedule an appointment. You must fill out the form in order for your request to be fulfilled.


More Information

Cannon Beach hasn’t always had a newspaper. One of the longest running local newspapers is the Daily Astorian, and you can find their archives at the Astoria Library.

If you are hoping to conduct research on your home or a home that you are purchasing, we recommend you start at the County Archives (820 Exchange St., Suite 210
Astoria, OR 97103). They maintain home records and deeds for the communities of Cannon Beach and Arch Cape. You can also contact the Clatsop County Surveyor for information on partition plats and subdivisions.

Other great resources: Clastop County Historical Society, Columbia River Maritime Museum, Oregon Historical Society, and The Oregonian.


Click here for Historic Request for Information Form

Click here for Photo Use Form