Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

Welcome. The Oregon State University Libraries Special Collections & Archives Research Center, located on the 5th floor of The Valley Library, is home to the university’s unique collections of manuscripts, archives, photographs, and books.

We collect in five main areas: the History of OSU, the History of Science, Natural Resources, Multiculturalism in Oregon and Rare Books. We also administer the university's Records Management Program.

For more on what we do, please see our mission statement and for help getting started with your research, please see our Reference page.

University History and Records

Linus Pauling Online

History of Science

Natural Resources

Oregon Multicultural Archives

Oregon Hops and Brewing Archives

Rare Books

Online Videos

News and Notes


Mon: 10:00am to 6:00pm
Tues: 10:00am to 8:00pm
Wed-Fri: 10:00am to 6:00pm

(We are sometimes closed for classes or special events, so please call ahead before you visit.)


OSU yearbooks digitized & available online!

A nearly complete run of the OSU yearbooks have been digitized and are freely available online! The full text is keyword searchable and easy to use, so jump right in.

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The OMA at NAME 2014

NAME 2014 Conference
NAME 2014 Conference

This week the OMA attended and presented at the NAME (National Association for Multicultural Education) conference in Tucson, AZ. The purpose of NAME is to “advance and advocate for equity and social justice through multicultural education.” The OMA was excited to share its role in multicultural education by participating in a poster session highlighting two OSU course collaborations featuring OMA collections.

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Blogs: Speaking of History | Oregon Multicultural Archives | Pauling Blog