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


10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday - Friday

(Earlier hours available by appointment.)


Field trip to Milam, or “the day I wore a plastic spring skirt”

Last week Karl McCreary and I took a morning trip to Milam Hall, former home of the College of Home Economics and soon-to-be former home of the School of Design and Human Environment.

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HST 399 and the Urban League of Portland Collection

This past Spring term, the students of the history course HST 399: The Civil Rights Movement in Modern America, taught by Professor Marisa Chappell, were tasked with a research assignment to use the Urban League of Portland archival collection to highlight the themes of the course through the lens of the Urban League of Portland’s activism.

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