Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center
Kidder Hall, the Oregon Agricultural College Library, 1919.
Kidder Hall, the Oregon Agricultural College Library, 1919.
P 16 - Buildings Photograph Collection. (Click to enlarge)

Contact Information

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(541) 737-2075
(541) 737-8674
Special Collections & Archives Research Center, 121 The Valley Library, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331-4501

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Mission Statement

The OSU Libraries Special Collections and Archives Research Center (SCARC) stimulates and enriches the research and teaching endeavors of Oregon State University through primary sources. As part of the university's land grant mission, SCARC makes these resources available to the OSU community, Oregonians, and the larger community of scholars and independent researchers. As the repository for and steward of the libraries' rare and unique materials, we build distinctive and unique collections in our signature areas: natural resources, the history of science, university history, hops and brewing history, and Oregon's multicultural communities. These collections encompass manuscripts, archives, rare books, oral histories, photographs, ephemera, audio/visual materials, electronic and born digital records.

To achieve this mission, the Special Collections and Archives Research Center:

  • Provides unique opportunities for teaching and learning
  • Facilitates discovery through online access to SCARC collections
  • Provides responsive, personable, and expert public service
  • Assists communities in collecting, managing, preserving, and making their histories accessible
  • Promotes access to and preservation of SCARC collections by collaborating within the OSU Libraries, the University, and regional primary resource communities
  • Engages high achieving students through experiential learning opportunities

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.

Department History

The Special Collections & Archives Research Center was formed in 2011 with the merger of the Oregon State University Archives and the OSU Libraries Special Collections. Since 2016, SCARC has also served as home to the OSU Libraries and Press Digital Production Unit.

The Oregon State University Archives was founded in 1961 with the intention of acquiring and preserving historical materials relating to the university. The department was expanded in 1966 to include one of the first records management programs of its kind. After several locational and organizational changes, the University Archives joined the OSU Libraries on September 1, 2000. In 1986, a quarter century after the University Archives opened its doors, the OSU Libraries Special Collections was established as a repository for the university’s growing rare book and manuscript collections. Building on its conerstone collection, the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers, the department grew to include dozens more collections documenting the life and work of scientists and historians.

Today, the Special Collections & Archives Research Center is located on both the 3rd and 5th floors of the Valley Library, housing more than 1,300 archival collections and tens of thousands of rare books and fine bindings. SCARC's mission is to maintain and makes available the university’s unique collections of manuscripts, archives, photographs, moving images, oral histories 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; hops and brewing history; and natural resources in the Pacific Northwest, especially agriculture and forestry. SCARC is committed to promoting public access to the department’s holdings through educational opportunities and community outreach, and continues to support and develop a robust, publicly available web presence including Oregon Digital, the University History portal, and Linus Pauling Online, among other resources.

For additional information about our location and the services available to patrons and researchers, please visit our Facilities and Services pages. For any other questions, see our FAQ or contact us directly.


Department Head
Special Collections Librarian for Research and Learning
Digital Production Unit Supervisor
Public Services Assistant
Curator of the Oregon Hops and Brewing Archives; Outreach and Instruction Archivist
Curator of the Oregon Multicultural Archives and OSU Queer Archives
University Records Manager
Digital Collections and Metadata Archivist, Digital Production Unit
Public Services Unit Supervisor
Collections Archivist
Archivist for Oral History and Digital Projects
Analyst Programmer