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.)


It was a flood of finding aids in June!

“Sunday morning on top of the ‘Shack.’” Real photo postcard created for OAC student Edgar Pierce, ca. 1911-1913.
“Sunday morning on top of the ‘Shack.’” Real photo postcard created for OAC student Edgar Pierce, ca. 1911-1913.

Another busy month for SCARC-ers with 11 finding aids completed or updated during June 2014. All are available through the NWDA finding aids database as well as on the SCARC website. MARC records for the collections are available through the OSU Libraries’ Catalog, Summit Navigator, and Worldcat.

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Multicultural Portland Tour

This past week the OMA participated in another tour regarding Portland’s multicultural history and took lots of pictures to share with you! This tour was hosted by the organization Know Your City which has various forms of programming including tours, lectures, publications, and school programs. The Multicultural Portland tour focused mostly on the city’s Asian American history and touched upon the histories African American and Jewish communities as well.

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