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


New collection guides in December 2014


It’s time for your monthly update on all the new SCARC collection guides! Eight finding aids were completed or revised during December 2014 and all are available through the NWDA finding aids database, the SCARC website, and OCLC Worldcat. Records for most of them are also available in the new OSUL management and search system (a.k.a. “the catalog” or “Alma/Primo”).

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OTAI Article in JWA’s Native American Archives Special Issue

JWA Vol 6 Issue 1
JWA Vol 6 Issue 1

Hot of the digital press…the Journal of Western Archives just published a special issue about Native American archives, and the OMA is included for its work on the 2012 Oregon Tribal Archives Institute!

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