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


10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday - Friday

(Earlier hours available by appointment.)


Friday Feature: new finding aids in May!

Look at what we were up to last month! We added finding aids for 8 new collections this May, bringing the SCARC total to 767 finding aids in the Northwest Digital Archives finding aids database!

All are available through the NWDA and on the SCARC website. MARC records for the collections are available through the OSU Libraries’ Catalog, Summit Navigator, and Worldcat.

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Milagro Celebrates its 30th Anniversary!

Milagro celebrated its 30 year anniversary this year and the OMA was there to celebrate! The birthday event featured a great slide show of performance photos, the OMA Milagro exhibit panels, and speeches by artistic director Olga Sanchez who shared information about the upcoming 31st season, board member John Rodarte who spoke on behalf of the board, and Milagro co-founders José González and Dañel Malán who discussed both the theatre’s history and plans for the future, especially regarding educational and community outreach endeavors. Check out the event photos!

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