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Research Office Records, 1960-2002

A researcher in the laboratory, ca. 1983. Research like that featured here begins not in the bottles of a lab shelf, but in the files of the Research Office, which coordinates and oversees all research projects at OSU's schools and colleges, as well as the numerous multi-disciplinary research centers and institutes managed by the University. In addition to reports summarizing grant projects, the records of the Research Office include minutes from committees involved in research and handbooks on research procedures and guidelines.

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RG 170

Established in 1965, the Research Office oversees and directs research at OSU. The Research Office Records were generated or acquired by the Research Office, the Natural Resources Policy Institute, and OSU research centers and institutes. The records document the formation of procedures and policies regarding research, review of various research projects at OSU, and external funding of research through grants.

Historical Note 

Scope and Content Note


7.3 cubic ft.; 6 microfilm reels.


The paper records are organized into three subgroups: 1. Research Administration, 2. Research Centers and Institutes, and 3. The Natural Resources Policy Institute. The microfilm records contain four series: I. Correspondence; III. Reports; IV. Research Projects; and V. Committees and Councils.

Related Papers

In addition to the files of Research Office, there are other records that document both the administration and funding of research at OSU. Files on individual grant funded research projects summarized in Research Office reports can be found in the Research Accounting Records (RG 26). Records and photographs from the institutes and centers managed by the Research Office are also represented in the Archives: the Agricultural Experimental Station (RG 25, P 29), the Environmental Health Sciences Center (RG 155), the Environmental Remote Sensing Application Laboratory (RG 218), the Gene Research and Biotechnology Center (RG 216), the Mark Hatfield Marine Science Center (RG 194), the Oregon Productivity Center (RG 219), the Sea Grant College Program (RG 201, P 185), and the Transportation Research Institute (RG 30-Civil Engineering Dept. Records). The records of the Research Office include photographs (P 181). The Archives holdings also include the personal papers of Roy A. Young, the first Dean of Research and Director of the Natural Resources Policy Institute.

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