Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center
Kidder Hall, the Oregon Agricultural College Library, 1919.
Kidder Hall, the Oregon Agricultural College Library, 1919.
P 16 - Buildings Photograph Collection. (Click to enlarge)

Contact Information

Hours:
8:30 am - 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday
Phone:
(541) 737-2075
Fax:
(541) 737-8674
Email:
scarc@oregonstate.edu
Mail:
Special Collections & Archives Research Center, 121 The Valley Library, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331-4501

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Rules for Using Our Collections Staff Student Internship Program

Mission Statement

The OSU Libraries Special Collections and Archives Research Center (SCARC) stimulates and enriches the research and teaching endeavors of Oregon State University through primary sources. As part of the University's land grant mission, SCARC makes these resources available to the OSU community, Oregonians, and the larger community of scholars and independent researchers. As the repository for and steward of the Libraries' rare and unique materials, we build distinctive and unique collections in our signature areas: natural resources, the history of science, university history, and Oregon's multicultural communities. These collections encompass manuscripts, archives, rare books, oral histories, photographs, ephemera, audio/visual materials, electronic and born digital records.

To achieve this mission, the Special Collections and Archives Research Center:

  • Provides unique opportunities for teaching and learning
  • Facilitates discovery through online access to SCARC collections
  • Provides responsive, personable, and expert public service
  • Assists communities in collecting, managing, preserving, and making their histories accessible
  • Promotes access to and preservation of SCARC collections by collaborating within the OSU Libraries, the University, and regional primary resource communities
  • Engages high achieving students through experiential learning opportunities

Department History

The Special Collections & Archives Research Center was formed in 2011 with the merger of the Oregon State University Archives and the OSU Libraries Special Collections. The Oregon State University Archives was founded in 1961 with the intention of acquiring and preserving historical materials relating to the University. The department was expanded in 1966 to include one of the first records management programs of its kind. After several locational and organizational changes, the University Archives joined the University Libraries on September 1, 2000. A quarter century after the University Archives opened its doors, the OSU Libraries Special Collections was established as a repository for the University’s growing rare book and manuscript collections and officially received its first major accession that same year. Over the following twenty-five years, the department grew to include a score of collections documenting the life and work of scientists and historians.

Today, the Special Collections & Archives Research Center spans the 3rd and 5th floors of the Valley Library, housing more than 1,000 archival collections and tens of thousands of rare books and fine bindings. SCARC is committed to promoting public access to the department’s holdings through tours, educational opportunities, and community outreach and continues to support and develop a robust, publicly-available web presence including Oregon Explorer, the University History portal, and Linus Pauling Online, among other resources.

For additional information about our location and the services available to patrons and researchers, please visit our Facilities and Services pages. For any other questions, see our FAQ or contact us directly.

Staff

Director of SCARC
University Archivist; Records Center Manager
History of Science Collections Librarian
Archivist for Instruction, Outreach and Oregon Hops & Brewing Archives
Oregon Multicultural Librarian
Collections Archivist
Senior Faculty Research Assistant
Public Services Coordinator
Art, Anthropology and Foreign Languages Librarian; Oregon Explorer Librarian
Information Technology Consultant