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


Monday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday-Friday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

(New hours begin Monday, September 29th)


A bit tardy ~ new guides for July!

Finding aids are maps to collections and the following is a list of the 6 finding aids for SCARC collections that were completed or updated during July 2014. All are available through the NWDA finding aids database as well as on the SCARC website, and MARC records for the collections are available through the OSU Libraries’ Catalog, Summit Navigator, and Worldcat.

This month’s batch consists of guides for 5 “new” collections that were received in 2013 or 2014 and 1 maps collection. As of July 31, 2014 the OSU Special Collections & Archives Research Center had 780 finding aids in NWDA.

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OSU Cultural Resource Centers’ Libraries

OSU CRCs Libraries Online Catalog
OSU CRCs Libraries Online Catalog

The OSU Cultural Resource Centers (CRCs) each have fantastic individual libraries with books available for check-out to the OSU community. In order to make these libraries more accessible to potential users, the OMA worked with the CRCs to create a joint online catalog via LibraryThing so that you can browse through the combined collections to see what great resources they have!

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