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

Now Accepting Applications for 2014 Resident Scholars
Research grants of up to $2,500 per month are available to qualified applicants. Click here for details.


Layers: Past & Present

We love it when students use our collections creatively. In Winter term Julia Bradshaw, Assistant Professor in the Art Department asked Ruth Vondracek to conduct a class for Art 399: Concepts In Digital Imaging. The students learned how to use the SCARC finding aids and had fun picking out photos at the same time. As one student said, “… it was very intriguing to see all of the old photographs and to learn what is offered through the archives.”

Amy Ortwein
Amy Ortwein

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Applause! An Exhibit Featuring Two Performing Arts Groups

Applause! Exhibit
Applause! Exhibit

It has been almost a year and a half since the OMA began its relationship with Milagro and about a year since it first met with the Obo Addy Legacy Project. From the very beginning, the OMA had always planned to curate an exhibit to feature both organizations and that time has finally arrived!

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