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Due to budget cuts, the Oregon Historical Society Research Library will be closing on February 28, 2009. After that date, collections will no longer be available to the public. At this point, photo and film reproduction orders will still be taken.
And OHS staff post a memo that begins:
Because of declining revenue projections for 2009, the OHS Board of Trustees has directed management to reduce expenditures and lay off staff members to bring the budget into balance. The main causes of revenue decline are:
A 2009-10 state appropriation that is forecast to be 65% lower ($800,000 per year less) than last year's.
A probable take-back of $350,000 from the 2009 state appropriation
The loss of approximately $400,000 in annual endowmwent earnings
A drop in giving to the OHS annual appeal