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University History Digital Resources

Digital Collections and Major Exhibits

The Best of OSU Archives

The Best of OSU Archives

A vast collection consisting of frequently requested items as well as others that are not so well known. The collection is representative of the breadth and depth of the University Archives' photographic holdings, which consist of 500,000+ images in more than 240 distinct photographic collections.

Chronological History of Oregon State University

Chronological History of OSU

A detailed overview of the history of Oregon State University, beginning with the settlement of the Willamette Valley in 1843 through the establishment of the university in 1868 and up to present day.


OSU Archives in Flickr Commons

Historic Photos in Flickr Commons

In February 2009, OSU became the twenty-first institution, and first university, to join Flickr Commons. Since then, thousands of images that are reflective of the university's rich heritage have been added to the Commons repository.

Oregon State University Yearbooks

Oregon State University Yearbooks

Keyword-searchable and easy to use, this website provides online access to every OSU Yearbook from 1894-2012. A major resource for anyone interested in campus history and the undergraduate experience at Oregon State.


ScholarsArchive@OSU

ScholarsArchive@OSU

OSU's institutional repository. Among its historical holdings are extension publications and university catalogs dating back to 1867, historic yearbooks and souvenir editions of The Daily Barometer newspaper, college histories, university promotional materials and much more.

Treasures of the McDonald Collection

Treasures of the McDonald Collection

A narrative history of the evolution of text production from approximately 3000 BCE to the 20th century, illustrated with hundreds of images from OSU's McDonald Rare Book and Manuscript Collection.


Presidents of Oregon State University

Presidents of Oregon State University

An online exhibit documenting the lives and accomplishments of the nineteen presidents who have led OSU since its designation as a land grant institution of higher learning in 1868.

William Appleman Williams

William Appleman Williams

A rich collection of resources including a novel, a memoir and a set of unpublished manuscripts written by Williams (1921-1990), a hugely influential scholar and former OSU faculty member remembered today as "the father of revisionist history."


Bernard Malamud

Bernard Malamud

A video presentation by Malamud's daughter, an essay on his life and a collection of digitized photos lend further insight into the work and personality of the famed novelist, for twelve years a member of the OSU English faculty.

Oregon State Baseball: 100 Years to a National Championship

Oregon State Baseball: 100 Years to a National Championship

The story of OSU baseball, beginning with its first win in 1907 through it's back-to-back national championships one-hundred years later.


Where's Waldo? A History of Waldo Hall and the Changing Role of Women at Oregon State

Waldo Hall and the Changing Role of Women at Oregon State

Created by OSU undergraduate students, this richly illustrated exhibit documents the historical evolution of women's roles on campus through the prism of Waldo Hall, the university's first female dorm.

OSU History Online Audio & Video

OSU History Online Audio & Video

A sampler of the thousands of hours of audio and video held in SCARC's collections that are related to the history of the university.


College, School and Department Histories

College, School and Department Histories

A gateway to a series of historical profiles of many of OSU's colleges, schools, departments, major figures and more.


History of OSU Extension

One-Hundred Years of OSU Extension

One-Hundred Years of OSU Extension

An account of the Oregon Extension Service, established July 24, 1911 to extend the knowledge of Oregon's Land Grant University to the rest of the state.

OSU Extension Service Oral History

OSU Extension Service Oral Histories

A collection of interviews with Extension Service emeritus faculty that helps tell the proud story of extension in Oregon during the fifty years following World War II.


Fighters on the Farm Front

Fighters on the Farm Front

The story of Oregon's Emergency Farm Labor Service, which increased agricultural production during World War II by training, placing and managing over 900,000 farm workers from 1943 to 1947.

Ninety Years of Learning: OSU in Central Oregon

Ninety Years of Learning: OSU in Central Oregon

An historical glimpse into the unique partnership that OSU and Central Oregon have forged over the past ninety years through extension education and more.


Other Resources

The Photographs of John Garman

Photographs of John Garman

A gallery of images taken by Dr. John Garman, OSU physicist and photographer.

Holsteins, Horses and Hogs: The Barns of Oregon State

Barns of OSU

Historical images of the university's barns, many of which no longer stand.

George W. Peavy: Friend of Man, Forester of the West

George W. Peavy

An exhibit on OSC President and Forestry Dean Peavy, "friend of man and forester of the West."

75 Years of KOAC Radio

75 Years of KOAC Radio

Commemorating the rich history of radio and television broadcasting at Oregon State University.

OSU Under Construction: 1894-1971

OSU Building Construction

Documenting OSU's five major twentieth-century construction booms.

History of Commencement

History of Commencement

Tracing commencement traditions at OSU, one of the country's last universities where graduates still receive their own diplomas upon "walking."

Fairbanks Fine Arts Print Collection

Fairbanks Fine Arts Print Collection

Nearly 500 images of prints held as part of the Fine Art Collection, owned by the university's Department of Art.