Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center
"Uncle Samme's Canners" from Tillamook County, State 4-H Champions, 1919.
"Uncle Samme's Canners" from Tillamook County, State 4-H Champions, 1919.
P 146 - 4-H Photograph Collection. (Click to enlarge)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Special Collections & Archives Research Center?

The Oregon State University Libraries Special Collections & Archives Research Center (SCARC) maintains and makes available the University's unique collections of manuscripts, archives, photographs, and books. Its holdings include collections pertaining to the history of science and technology; the historical records of OSU and papers of its prominent faculty members; cultural and ethnic groups in Oregon; and natural resources in the Pacific Northwest, especially agriculture and forestry. For more information, visit our About Us page.

Where is the Special Collections & Archives Research Center?

The Special Collections & Archives Research Center public service point is located in the Douglas Strain Reading Room on the 5th Floor of the Valley Library at Oregon State University. For maps and other information, visit our Facilities page.

What are your hours?

Please see our COVID-19 Reference and Research Services website.

Who can use the Special Collections & Archives Research Center?

Anyone with a research interest - students, faculty, staff or the general public - may use SCARC materials. Please note:The SCARC Reading Room is *not* a general study area.

What rules do patrons need to abide by when using the Special Collections & Archives Research Center?

Because the Special Collections & Archives Research Center is home to unique and valuable materials, patrons are expected to adhere to the rules described in our Reading Room Guidelines. For more information, visit our Reference page.

What services do you offer?

We offer reference services and a wide variety of instruction/education opportunities. We can also provide duplication services for patrons seeking research copies of our materials. For more information, visit the Instruction and Outreach and Reproduction & Use pages.

I'm new to archival research, can you help me get started?

Yes! Archival research can be intimidating for even the most experienced of scholars but we are always happy to help via phone, email or in person. In addition, there are many useful research guides available on our website. In addition to tips for new archival researchers, our website can help those interested in researching the history of OSU, buildings on campus, genealogical inquiries and much more.

Is there someone who can help me find what I need?

Our reference desk is staffed during business hours by knowledgeable members of the SCARC staff. We can also be reached by phone or email. More information can be found on our Reference page.

How might I arrange to have a tour of SCARC?

Our tours are appropriate for college-age and above groups of fifteen or fewer people. Larger groups cannot be accomodated due to staffing and space limitations. K-12 groups interested in touring our facilities will be considered on a case-by-case basis, with priority given to groups that intend to incorporate the visit as a component of a broader learning curriculum. We ask that you contact us at least two weeks in advance to schedule a visit in order to accommodate staff schedules.

How can I donate materials to the Special Collections & Archives Research Center?

We accept unique historical materials that fit within our collection development guidelines. Learn more on our Donating or Transferring Materials page.

How do I reserve the Barnard Classroom?

The Barnard Classroom is a small seminar classroom equipped with tables, a computer and projector, and a document camera. Although primarily for SCARC use, it may be reserved by OSULP faculty and staff for instructional purposes, Monday through Friday, after Week 2 of the quarter. We require a 2 week advance notice for all classes. No food or drink are allowed in the Barnard Classroom. Capacity for the room is 25 people, and it may not be reserved for classes under 5 people. To request use of the room, please email scarc@oregonstate.edu.