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Digital Collections

Gerald W. Williams Collection

Gerald W. Williams Collection

A digital collection featuring some of the best imagery from the Williams Collection, including nature, forestry and logging images, Civilian Conservation Corps activities and scenes from Celilo Falls. Williams, a native Oregonian, spent much of his Forest Service career in the Pacific Northwest, prior to being appointed national historian in 1998.

The Gifford Photographic Digital Collection

The Gifford Photographic Digital Collection

Consisting primarily of photographs taken by four Gifford Family photographers, this collection documents Oregon landmarks, agriculture and scenic views throughout the state as well as Native Americans, especially of the Columbia Plateau.


The Seed and Nursery Catalogue in Europe and the U.S.

The Seed and Nursery Catalogue in Europe and the U.S.

An in-depth look at the history of seed and nursery catalogues in Europe and the United States, illustrated with and exploring items from the Nursery and Seed Trade Catalogues collection, held in the OSU Libraries.

Rising Flood Waters: 1964 Corvallis

Rising Flood Waters: 1964 Corvallis

A set of fifty-nine oblique photographs flown by Western Ways, Inc. on December 23, 1964, these images were taken when the Willamette River stood at 23 feet and document the extensive flooding that occurred in Corvallis area.


Pacific Northwest Stream Survey Photo Collection

Pacific Northwest Stream Survey Photo Collection

A resource including over 1,000 field images taken between 1934 and 1945, spanning 390 streams in the Columbia River Basin. The images were captured by U.S. Bureau of Fisheries researchers who were investigating spawning and rearing habitat for Spring Chinook Salmon.

Historic Wildfire Photograph Collection

Historic Wildfire Photograph Collection

A component of the Oregon Explorer photo collection, this website includes more than three-hundred historic images of Pacific Northwest forest fires, fire crews and wildfire damage, as gathered from the collections of the University Archives.


Natural Resources Online Audio & Video

Natural Resources Online Audio & Video

A sampling of the audio and video materials held in SCARC's collections that are related to natural resources in the Pacific Northwest.

Siuslaw National Forest Digital Collection

Siuslaw National Forest Digital Collection

Containing nearly 5,000 digital images from the late 1800s to the present, this collection illustrates changing forest management practices, landscapes, and people over the course of Siuslaw National Forest history. Of particular interest are photographs taken by Corydon Cronk during his time as an assistant ranger in 1910-1911. Siuslaw National Forest retains the original materials and the rights to provide permissions for use.


Oregon Explorer

Oregon Explorer Natural Resources Digital Library

Oregon Explorer Natural Resources Digital Library

A web-based natural resources digital library that integrates data from state and federal agencies, local governments, university scientists, and citizens. This rich resource includes Location Portals, Topic Portals and Data Portals.


Deschutes Basin Explorer

Deschutes Basin Explorer

A portal for data and stories focused on the Deschutes River Basin in central Oregon.

Lakes Basin Explorer

Lakes Basin Explorer

Focusing on natural resource management in southeast Oregon's arid Lakes Basin.

North Coast Explorer

North Coast Explorer

Concentrating on natural resources, including salmon and watershed, in Oregon's North Coast region.

Umpqua Basin Explorer

Umpqua Basin Explorer

A tool for learning more about the forests, fisheries and people of the Umpqua River Basin in southwest Oregon.

Willamette Basin Explorer

Willamette Basin Explorer

A wealth of resources concerning land and water use in the Oregon's most heavily populated region, stretching south from Portland.

Farm Explorer

Farm Explorer

Mapping Oregon's rural and urban connections through an exploration of farms and markets.

Hazards Explorer

Hazards Explorer

Information about hazards in Oregon for landowners, planners, agency staff and interested citizens.

Land Use Explorer

Land Use Explorer

Empowering stakeholders to learn more about Oregon's history of land use and enabling informed decisions for the future.

Rural Communities Explorer

Rural Communities Explorer

Assisting local citizens and policymakers in their navigation of rural issues including vitality and change in Oregon's rural communities.

Oregon Wetlands Explorer

Wetlands Explorer

Resources to support the conservation and restoration of Oregon's wetlands.

Wildfire Risk Explorer

Wildfire Risk Explorer

Helping Oregon's citizens, communities and land management agencies prioritize resources and reduce wildfire risk.

Oregon Wildlife Explorer

Wildlife Explorer

Documenting wildlife in Oregon for management agencies, landowners and wildlife enthusiasts.

Oregon Imagery Explorer

Oregon Imagery Explorer

Imagery to provide resource practitioners and the general public with a different perspective on Oregon.

Oregon Spatial Data Library

Oregon Spatial Data Library

Providing easy and convenient tools to find, access and share geospatial data.