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 six main areas: the History of OSU, the History of Science, Natural Resources, Multiculturalism in Oregon, Hops and Brewing History and Rare Books. We also administer the university's Records Management Program and are home to a robust Oral History 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 and OSU Queer Archives

Oregon Hops and Brewing Archives

Rare Books

Online Videos



News and Notes


Winter Break Reading Room Hours

SCARC staff will be working on a major collections maintenance project during Winter Break that will necessitate reductions in our public service hours. Access to the reading room from December 11 to January 5 will be provided as follows:



Dec 11-15: 12:00PM to 5:00PM

Dec 18-22: Open by appointment only (Contact Us)

Dec 25-29; Jan 1: Closed

Jan 2-5: 12:00PM to 5:00PM

Upcoming Events

See full Events Calendar

Speaking of History blog

Oregon Multicultural Archives blog

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