The University Archives was established in 1961 with Harriet Moore appointed as the first Archivist for the University. In 1966 the records management component was added to the program. Serving as technological predecessor to the world wide web, the OSU Archives Gopher provided access to collection descriptions and other text files on the internet from June 1993 through March 1997. From 1972 to 2000, the Archives operated as a unit of the Department of Budgets and Planning, but later in 2000 the office returned to the administrative management of the University Libraries, where it resides today.
Northwest Archivists, Inc. is a regional professional organization for archivists covering the states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska. OSU Archives staff members Michael Holland, Larry Landis, and Elizabeth Nielsen all served on the Local Arrangements and Program Committees for the organization.
Some of these records held in this collection reflect the first twenty years of the records management program at OSU. The processes documented in these forms was made obsolete by the implementation of the general records retention and disposition schedule in 1987.
In Fall 2011, the University Archives merged with the OSU Libraries Special Collections. University records are now managed within the merged department, the Special Collections & Archives Research Center.
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