Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

Welcome. The Oregon State University Libraries Special Collections and 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.

Finally, through our Digital Production Unit, we pursue a great many initiatives meant to improve access to and preservation of manuscripts, photographs, moving images and audio materials under our care.

We acknowledge that materials in SCARC collections and the language that describes them may be harmful. We are actively working to address our descriptive practices; for more information please see our SCARC Anti-Racist Actions Statement.

For help getting started with your research, please see our Reference page, and for more on what we do, please see our Mission Statement.

University History and Records

Linus Pauling Online

History of Science

Natural Resources

Oregon Multicultural Archives and OSU Queer Archives

Oregon Hops and Brewing Archives

Rare Books

Online Videos



News and Notes


COVID-19 Reference and Research Services

SCARC is offering in-person research appointments during Spring term, and will be closed for the summer beginning June 14. To learn more about the procedures that we have put in place for on-site consultations, including the steps required for making a reservation, please visit the website linked above.



Please note: Unfortunately, because of continued pandemic worksite restrictions and reduced staffing, we do not have the capacity to host interns at this time.



Speaking of History blog

Oregon Multicultural Archives blog

Blogs: Speaking of History | Oregon Multicultural Archives | Pauling Blog | Brewstorian | Rare@OSU