Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Special Collections & Archives Research Center?
The Oregon State University Libraries Special Collections & Archives Research Center (SCARC) maintains and makes available the University's unique collections of manuscripts, archives, photographs, and books. Its holdings include collections pertaining to the history of science and technology; the historical records of OSU and papers of its prominent faculty members; cultural and ethnic groups in Oregon; and natural resources in the Pacific Northwest, especially agriculture and forestry. For more information, visit our About Us page.
Where is the Special Collections & Archives Research Center?
The Special Collections & Archives Research Center public service point is located in the Douglas Strain Reading Room on the 5th Floor of the Valley Library at Oregon State University. For maps and other information, visit our Facilities page.
What are your hours?
Monday - Friday: 8:30am - 5pm. Evening and weekend consultations are sometimes available by appointment.
Who can use the Special Collections & Archives Research Center?
Anyone with a research interest - students, faculty, staff or the general public - may use SCARC materials. Please note: The SCARC Reading Rooms are *not* general study areas.
What rules do patrons need to abide by when using the Special Collections & Archives Research Center?
Because the Special Collections & Archives Research Center is home to unique and valuable materials, patrons are expected to adhere to the rules described in our Reading Room Guidelines. For more information, visit our Reference page.
What services do you offer?
We offer reference services, tours (by appointment), and instruction/education opportunities. We can also provide duplication services for patrons seeking research copies of our materials. For more information, visit the Instruction and Outreach page.
I'm new to archival research, can you help me get started?
Yes! Archival research can be intimidating for even the most experienced of scholars but we are always happy to help via phone, email or in person. In addition, there are many useful research guides available on our website. In addition to tips for new archival researchers, our website can help those interested in researching the history of OSU, buildings on campus, genealogical inquiries and much more.
Is there someone who can help me find what I need?
How can I donate to the Special Collections & Archives Research Center?
We accept unique historical materials that fit within our collection development guidelines. Learn more on our Donating or Transferring Materials page.