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.
|Oregon African American Railroad Porters Oral History Collection
Featuring fully transcribed audio of thirty oral history interviews conducted in the 1980s by film maker Michael Grice with African American railroad porters employed in the Portland area.
|Reuniting Finley and Bohlman
A collaborative digitization project that seeks to reunite the artistic and scholarly output of William L. Finley and Herman T. Bohlman. Childhood friends and important photographers of the early 20th century, Finley and Bohlman's nature images played a key role in the creation of multiple conservation acts in Oregon.
OSU History Quicklinks
|Chronological History of OSU
A year-by-year overview of the history of the university, beginning with the settlement of the Willamette Valley in the early 1840s and running all the way through the conclusion of calendar year 2016. This is a terrific place to start your research on OSU.
A keyword-searchable digital collection featuring: Alumni Magazines, including The Oregon Stater, from 1921 to the present; General Catalogs, beginning in 1866; Sports Media Guides documenting the full spectrum of OSU Athletics; and the entire run of OSU Yearbooks from 1894-2014.
A rich repository of thousands of hand-selected digitized images depicting OSU's history, campus, traditions, and people from the 1800s up to today.
A large and continually growing collection of digitized films and videos documenting campus life, athletics, and memorable moments in OSU's history.