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 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.

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 and OSU Queer Archives

Oregon Hops and Brewing Archives

Rare Books

Online Videos



News and Notes


COVID-19 and SCARC

SCARC is currently closed to the public, but you can meet with an archivist via Zoom from 10:00am - 1:00pm, Monday through Friday, or email us anytime. We hope to reopen at the start of Fall term, Sept. 23.

We are also collecting materials and conducting oral histories related to the pandemic and its impact on the OSU community. Click here to learn how you can contribute to this project.

For more details about our current operations, please visit the following link:
SCARC COVID-19 Policies and Procedures


Speaking of History blog

Oregon Multicultural Archives blog

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