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: 10:00am to 6:00pm
Tues: 10:00am to 8:00pm
Wed-Fri: 10:00am to 6:00pm

(We are sometimes closed for classes or special events, so please call ahead before you visit.)


Back in time — what was it like in 2003?

These three women, all residents of the Oxford House Co-op, put together a small box of things they thought captured the spirit of the year.

We haven’t done much research on these three, but we do have a nice collection of materials in the Oxford House Records (1966-2014) that helps to tell the the story. You can learn more about other houses here too, because we have the records of several cooperative houses including the Dixon Lodge, the Maple Manor Cooperative House, and the Azalea House.

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The OMA on the Sustainable Heritage Network

SHN Website
SHN Website

The Sustainable Heritage Network (SHN) was established to connect Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums (ALMs) with each other as well as to connect tribal communities with non-tribal ALMs to provide a space to communicate and learn about digital stewardship and preservation. The way in which this connection and assistance occurs is for ALMs to self-designate as “workbenches” via the SHN website. A “workbench” can share as much or a little as it wants in terms of equipment, physical workspaces, institutional and archival resources, training, etc.

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