Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

Oregon State University Cultural Centers Oral History Collection, 2013

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

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OH 21

The Oregon State University Cultural Centers Oral History Collection consists of interviews conducted with undergraduate and graduate student staff members of OSU's Native American Longhouse. Documented within the collection are interviewees' thoughts on working in the Longhouse, the purpose and future direction of the cultural center, and negotiating life as a student of color at OSU. The Native American Longhouse was established in 1971; a new longhouse facility was dedicated in 2013.

Historical Note 

Content Description


7 sound files; 2.41 gigabytes born digital


The collection is arranged into one series devoted to interviews conducted with staff of the Native American Longhouse. Interviews are arranged chronologically within the series. The audio and 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 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. 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.

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