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


Mon: 10:00am to 6:00pm
Tues: 10:00am to 8:00pm
Wed-Fri: 10:00am to 6:00pm

(We are sometimes closed for classes or special events, so please call ahead before you visit.)


OSU yearbooks digitized & available online!

A nearly complete run of the OSU yearbooks have been digitized and are freely available online! The full text is keyword searchable and easy to use, so jump right in.

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Celebrate Native American Heritage Month 2014

NAL Display 2014
NAL Display 2014

Join the OMA and OSU’s Native American Longhouse (NAL) Eena Haws in celebrating Native American Heritage Month 2014! This year, NAL student staff member, Tus Henry, curated a display for the library featuring the NAL’s history and services as well as artifacts from the Longhouse. The display showcases items from a variety of Native American cultures, predominately from the Pacific Northwest, Southwest, and Hawaii. Come see the display in person at the Valley Library and check out photos of the items featured through the NAL 2014 Display Digital Collection in Flickr.

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