Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

Oregon State University Cultural Centers Oral History Collection, 2013-2015

The 360-degree totem standing in the Eena Hawes Native American Longhouse, 2013.

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The Oregon State University Cultural Centers Oral History Collection consists of interviews conducted with undergraduate and graduate student staff members of three OSU cultural centers - the Native American Longhouse, the Asian & Pacific Cultural Center and the Women's Center - as well as an administrator who oversees all of the university's cultural centers. Documented within the collection are interviewees' thoughts on working in the centers, the purpose and future direction of the organizations, and negotiating life as a student of color at OSU.

Historical Note 

Content Description


13 sound files; 1 video file; 6.15 gigabytes born digital


The collection is arranged into three series, one each devoted to interviews conducted with staff of the Native American Longhouse, the Asian & Pacific Cultural Center, and the Women's Center. Interviews are arranged chronologically within the series. Born digital audio and compiled transcripts for each interview are available online. An alphabetical view of the oral history interviewees whose recordings and transcripts are held in this collection is as follows.

Related Papers

This collection is a component of the Oregon Multicultural Archives, which documents the lives and activities of the African American, Asian American, Latino/a and Native American communities of Oregon. Researchers interested in the Native American oral tradition may wish to consult the Oregon Native American Language Sound Recordings (OH 12) collection, a repository of the Tolowa and Tututni languages indigenous to the Siletz and Coquille tribes. Likewise, the experiences of a regional community of Japanese-Americans are documented in the Japanese-American Association of Lane County, Oregon Oral History Collection (OH 15). Users may also seek out the Oregon Multicultural Archives Oral History Collection (OH 18), which uses oral interviews to help preserve the experiences and perspectives of Oregon's communities of color.

Materials related to the Native American Longhouse at OSU are held in the Student Affairs (RG 102) and University Advancement (RG 210) Records, the OSU Memorabilia Collection (MC) and the University Publications Photographs (P 094). Likewise, the online digital record of a display celebrating Native American Heritage Month (2011) includes images of the original Native American Longhouse, an architectural rendering of the Eena Haws facility and photographs of past campus pow wows.

Further inquiry into the APCC can be conducted in the Asian & Pacific Cultural Center Records (RG 245). Eight photograph albums and a collection of posters held in RG 245 have been digitized and are available online.

The Special Collections & Archives Research Center is home to the Women's Center Records (RG 243) as well as numerous additional collections documenting women's roles as students, faculty and administrators at Oregon State University. These collections include the records of the President's Commission on the Status of Women (RG 159) and the Associated Students of OSU (ASOSU, RG 011). An additional interview with Nicthé Verdugo is also held in the Oregon State University Sesquicentennial Oral History Collection (OH 26).

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