Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

Welcome. The Oregon State University Libraries Special Collections & Archives Research Center, located on the 5th floor of The Valley Library, is home to the university’s unique collections of manuscripts, archives, photographs, and books.

We collect in five main areas: the History of OSU, the History of Science, Natural Resources, Multiculturalism in Oregon and Rare Books. We also administer the university's Records Management Program.

For more on what we do, please see our mission statement and for help getting started with your research, please see our Reference page.

University History and Records

Linus Pauling Online

History of Science

Natural Resources

Oregon Multicultural Archives

Oregon Hops and Brewing Archives

Rare Books

Online Videos

News and Notes


Mon-Fri: 10:00am to 5:00pm
(We will be closed Dec 24-26 and Jan 1.)


A bit late… New finding aids from October & November

Looking for a winter break research project? You might just find inspiration here.

The following is a list of 12 finding aids for SCARC collections that were completed or revised during October and November 2014. All are available through the NWDA finding aids database as well as on the SCARC website. MARC records for these collections are not available through the OSU Libraries’ Catalog, Summit Navigator, and Worldcat — yet. Creation of MARC records has been placed on hold during the migration to the new library catalog and discovery system.

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New Collection: Ethnic Groups in Oregon, The Hans Plambeck Papers

Plambeck Papers
Plambeck Papers

I have just completed my first processing project with the Plambeck Papers collection for the Oregon Multicultural Archives. This collection deals with former Oregon State University sociology professor, Hans Plambeck, and his research on ethnic groups in Oregon conducted in the mid-twentieth century. As I organized the material, created new folders, and constructed a box list, this collection became very intriguing. Plambeck’s research focuses on ethnic groups including African Americans, Germans, Hungarians, Indians, Japanese-Americans, Jewish, Koreans and Scandinavians—to name a few. Not only did he collect newspaper clippings, church pamphlets, interview notes, and personal correspondence, but he also archived student papers that recount personal stories of immigration and being children of immigrants.

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Blogs: Speaking of History | Oregon Multicultural Archives | Pauling Blog