About the OMA


In 2005, the Oregon State University Libraries (OSUL) established the Oregon Multicultural Archives (OMA) to highlight multicultural collections already held in the OSUL Archives, to serve as a digital resource linking researchers to other institutions or organizations with multicultural archival collections, and to build an archive with records that document African American, Asian American, Latino/a and Native American communities to reflect how they have contributed to the identity of the state of Oregon.

The mission of the OMA is to assist in preserving the histories and sharing the stories that document Oregon's African American, Asian American, Latino/a, and Native American communities.

The Oregon Multicultural Archives advances scholarship in ethnic studies and racial diversity both on the Oregon State University campus as well as on a state and regional level. The OMA helps to strengthensthe university’s core value of diversity, which enhances OSU's "teaching, scholarship, and service as well as our ability to welcome, respect, and interact with other people" (OSU Strategic Plan).

Be sure to visit the OMA Blog for up-to-date information regarding current projects, new collections, recently digitized materials, and much more!

Contact Information and Location

Natalia Fernández
Oregon Multicultural Archivist
(541) 737–3653

Mailing and Shipping Address

Oregon Multicultural Archives
121 Valley Library
Corvallis, OR 97331–4501

The OMA is located in Corvallis, Oregon, and is a part of the Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Researcher Center (SCARC). The physical collections are housed in SCARC and are open to the public; however, they are intellectually separate from other SCARC collections and can be accessed through this website.

OMA Publications

Internship Opportunities

All internships are completed through OSU's Special Collections and Archives Research Center Internship Program. Internships may be used for course credit.

Create Your Own

Feel free to contact the OMA Archivist with ideas for potential projects. Internships may include: community outreach, exhibit preparation, collections organization and description, digital projects, historical research, or preservation work.

Past Internships

Obo Addy Legacy Project collection - The intern will create an inventory of the materials and arrange and describe the collection physically and through a Finding Aid. The collection includes a substantial amount of audio/visual materials, and the intern will be tasked to research the best preservation and migration options for the items. The intern will also make recommendations regarding exhibit ideas for a planned Spring 2014 exhibition.
Obo Addy Legacy Project collection internship, Summer and Fall 2013

Miracle Theatre Group collection ~ During the Winter and Spring Terms of 2013, the intern completed an inventory of the Miracle Theatre Group’s records; the Miracle Theatre is a Latino/a community based theatre in Portland. The intern attended the Northwest Archivists 2013 Conference in Vancouver, B.C. in May and presented on the project as part of a Theatre Archives roundtable discussion. For more information, see the intern’s blog posts about the project: Miracle Theatre Group
Intern 1 Winter-Spring 2013 and Intern 2 Summer 2013-Spring 2014

St. Philip the Deacon Episcopal Church records ~ In the Spring of 2012 an intern began working with the St. Philip the Deacon Church community to organize and describe its records. The St. Philip the Deacon Church located in Portland, OR, was established in 1911 by Caribbean immigrants of African descent who experienced hostility from the local churches. The congregation grew and became actively involved in assisting the local community especially through civil rights work and education programming. The project included the intern assisting in the planning and implementation of “Parish History Day” – a community outreach event in which we invited the congregation to learn about archiving and preserving personal and family history materials. For more information, see the intern’s blog posts about the project:
St. Philip the Deacon internship, Spring 2012

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