Because most of the items held in the Special Collections & Archives Research Center
are unique and irreplaceable, temperature and humidity control are maintained by an
independent central processing unit. The closed stacks area is kept at a temperature
of 67° F and a relative humidity of 47%.
Closed StacksView looking westward along the south wall, with portions of our rare book collection
to the left along the wall.
Closed StacksView looking westward along the north wall, with the electronic compact shelving to
Closed StacksA display of Linus Pauling's molecular models, with examples from the 1920s through
Closed StacksAn aisle devoted to Linus Pauling's correspondence: some 100,000 items stored in acid-free
The Wilson Room
The Norman W. and Glenville Starr Wilson Room, located separately from the Special
Collections & Archives area in The Valley Library, is the result of a gift of books,
art, and furnishings provided by Norman W. Wilson, retired Professor of English at
the University. More information available in The Wilson Room collection.
The Wilson RoomWilson and his late wife, Glenville, spent many years traveling in England and in
the Pacific Northwest. During their travels, they capitalized on their ever-increasing
interest in 18th and 19th century British history, collecting antiques, artifacts,
and volumes reminiscent of the period.
The Wilson RoomIn 1993, Wilson asked the Oregon State University Libraries if it might be interested
in receiving a portion of his collection for use by students and scholars who would
study the period reflected by his holdings.
The Wilson RoomFollowing conversations with the University Librarian and others on campus, Mr. Wilson
decided to provide the collection along with funds to furnish a room dedicated to
its presentation. The Norman W. and Glenville Starr Wilson Room is the result.
The Wilson RoomAn eighteenth-century engraving by W. Bond from a print by George Moreland. Among
the more than 70 original prints exhibited in The Wilson Room, are notable pieces
by William Hogarth and Thomas Rowlandson.