Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

University History and Records


Archival Collections: History of OSU


Digital Resources: History of OSU


A Chronological History of OSU


OSU Records Management Program

The Special Collections & Archives Research Center is the official repository for the historical records created by OSU. The University Archives component of the Center was established in 1961 to collect, describe, preserve, display and provide access to historical records created or received in connection with the transaction of university affairs.

Closely connected to the university records are the personal papers of several hundred OSU faculty, dating back to the 19th century. More than 250,000 historic photographs likewise document campus buildings, university programs, special events, athletics, faculty, and students. A large collection of memorabilia, consisting of individual historical items such as programs, posters, brochures, and clippings, also contributes to the richness of our holdings.