About Southern Oregon Digital Archives

History of SODA

Hannon Library was awarded a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant from the Oregon State Library in 2005 to create a digital Southern Oregon History Collection. Hannon Library partnered with the Southern Oregon Historical Society (SOHS), Jackson County Library Services, and the Josephine County Library System to create this text collection. The Southern Oregon History Collection became available to the public in October 2006.


Image Collections

In 2009, Hannon Library was awarded an LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) Grant through the Oregon State Library. The grant funded a collaborative project between Southern Oregon University, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and the Southern Oregon Historical Society to digitize images documenting the history, culture, and growth of Southern Oregon. The decision was made to host these image collections on OCLC's CONTENTdm platform. Hannon Library has since worked with multiple external and internal organizations to build on these image collections, creating a broader perspective of life in Southern Oregon.


Future of SODA

In 2017, a decision was made to combine our text and image collections onto one platform, with the hope of creating a more user friendly experience, and expanding the ability to search across both the image and text collections at the same time. As a result, the text collections were migrated and merged into the CONTENTdm platform, and began to go live in late 2018.

We will continue to add more collections over time, as well as expand a few existing collections, so please keep checking back to see what's new!




Several of these projects were supported in whole (or in part) by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Oregon State Library.

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