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

Come celebrate OSU's history and learn more about recent activities in SCARC.

Friday, October 31st
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM


New exhibit opens for SCARC: learn about the Rural World

“The Rural World” exhibit offers a glimpse into the rural endeavors such as beekeeping, orchard cultivation, kitchen gardening, producing dairy products and wool, and brewing. These activities have provided sustenance since early times and formed the backbone of rural economies in Oregon. On display from October 13, 2014 – March 20, 2015. OSU Libraries Special Collections & Archives Research Center, 5th floor of the Valley Library, 10a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Friday.

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New Documentary: “The Delano Manongs: Forgotten Heroes of the United Farm Workers”

“Delano Manongs” Documentary
“Delano Manongs” Documentary

The story of the role of the Filipino farm workers within the history of the United Farm Workers Union (UFW) and the 1960s Chicano Movement is now a documentary, “The Delano Manongs: Forgotten Heroes of the United Farm Workers.” The film shares the history leading up to The Delano Grape Strike of September 1965 in Delano, CA, lead by Larry Itliong, and the spark that it created to form a collaboration between the Filipino, Chicano, and other ethnic farm workers.

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