Monthly Archives: February 2009

Two New Flickr Sets

We wouldn’t want you all to think it was all Flickr Commons all the time in the University Archives, so we’ve put up 2 new sets on our osu.archives Flickr account.

While you are on the Flickr site, be sure to check out our “History in the Making” set and “What did you see, Where did you go: History in the Making” group — who knows what else our friends have captured on “film”…

What else is there? Spend some time and check out all the osu.archives collections in Flickr.

And mark your calendars to check the OSU Flickr Commons site next Wednesday for a new set of Gerald Williams images. The new release will be 43 images of Celilo Falls (read a bit of background here).

Northwest History & Heritage Extravaganza

Breaking news for all those interested in the 2009 Northwest History & Heritage Extravaganza– the full preconference program has been released.
What’s worth seeing? In addition to hundreds of really great attendees, here what to look for:

  • Informative and inspiring presentations, including one by Pulitzer Prize winning author M. Scott Momaday
  • More than 40 panels and tours devoted to the important topics and challenges of Northwest history and heritage
  • Great interactive workshops
  • Unique interdisciplinary panels that challenge your understanding of historical information and heritage practices
  • Young scholars and veteran historians showing their recent discoveries
  • An exhibit hall and poster sessions full of information, ideas, and networking

See you there!

Oregon’s 150th Anniversary


In honor of the 150th anniversary of Oregon’s statehood, the University of Oregon Libraries and the Oregon State University Libraries collaborated to release Oregon Maps, a digital collection of approximately 200 scanned maps illustrating many characteristics of the state’s history and physical makeup.

The resource is available online at

To read more about it, read the “University libraries release online collection of state maps” press release!

Happy Presidents’ Day!

williamsg_ccc_kitchen_crew2.jpgThe big OSU Archives Flickr Commons launch happened Friday evening— and over the weekend we had nearly 8000 views on our photos!

Please join us for our official launch open house celebration today from 2:00PM to 4:00PM in the Autzen classroom on the 2nd floor of The Valley Library. We’ll be there to answer questions about The Commons and the Archives, show off our images, set you up with a Flickr account, and learn from you. Please drop by and introduce yourself!

Hope to see you all this afternoon.

The Flickr Commons

The Oregon State Archives sends out a soggy “hello” to the Flickr world from the Pacific Northwest—it’s good to be here!

Today, as we head home for that most romantic of holidays and Oregon’s 150th birthday celebrations, the Oregon State University Archives will become the 21st institution to join The Commons.

[Yes, it’s true, it really still is Friday the 13th … But rather than court disaster, we’re pretending it’s tomorrow!]

Not only are we joining noteworthy North American institutions like the Library of Congress, Smithsonian, New York Public Library, and George Eastman House, we will sit next to international libraries and museums such as the National Library of New Zealand, the Powerhouse Museum, National Galleries of Scotland, and Bibliothèque de Toulouse. If that wasn’t exciting enough, the OSU Archives is the first university to join The Commons!

Please join us for our official launch open house celebration on Monday, February 16th, 2009 from 2:00PM to 4:00PM in the Autzen classroom on the 2nd floor of The Valley Library. We’ll be there to answer questions about The Commons and the Archives, show off our images, and learn from you—please drop by and introduce yourself!

What will you find here?

Our contribution to Flickr Commons will focus on the history of conservation, natural resources, and agriculture. This is a history OSU is proud to celebrate; a complex story with chapters on forestry, geology, environmentalism, and the people that have inhabited and worked this land. As time passes, the OSU Archives will be digitizing and releasing other images in our collections that showcase some of the amazing items that illustrate the complicated intersection of culture, natural resources, and history.

We’re delighted to start our Flickr Commons adventure with a set of depression era images of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) from the Gerald W. Williams Collection. The photographs in the Williams Collection reflect a range of amazing images, we plan to highlight in the coming months, including the photos of CCC camps and activities; shots of the WWI era Spruce Production Division; Northwest Oregon logging photos taken by John Fletcher Ford; and slides of Celilo Falls taken by Williams’ father, Jack Williams, in September 1956 — only a few months before the falls were inundated by The Dalles Dam.

How did we get here?

In order to celebrate and publicize photographic collections that showcase Oregon State University’s rich heritage, the OSU Archives joined Flickr in the summer of 2008. We found it was a great place for pictures of current events, virtual tours and instructions for using microfilm machines, and assorted historic photos; though after seeing the real impact the historic photographs in The Commons were having on both Flickr users and the larger community, as well as the great personal connections between people and pictures that emerged, the OSU Archives was more than eager to join the project.

We’re always uploading more online images, and Flickr gives us another avenue to share our remarkable collections. You’ll find images specific to forestry and natural resources on our Flickr Commons page, current and historic images related to OSU on our osu.archives Flickr page, and a wonderful assortment of digital collection projects on the OSU Digital Collections page.

Still Can’t Get Enough?

Check out some of our other resources.  We love them — and you just might, too.

NAGARA Launches Online Document Library Where Users May Share Archives Publications

The National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators (NAGARA) has launched an online document library, which allows people to share archives and records management publications. Visit to learn about subjects such as accessibility, advocacy, electronic records, disaster preparedness, electronic records, facilities, files management, grants, historical records, inactive records, local government records, microfilm, preservation, legal issues, retention, scanning and digitization, security, storage, training, and miscellaneous. Only documents in the public domain may be uploaded on this site, or copyrighted documents posted by the owner of the copyright. Currently, the library houses nearly 300 documents, with new additions almost daily. As content grows, the site administrators will add new subject categories and/or subdivide existing categories.

The site was built in partial response to a 2008 recommendation of the Council of State Archivists’ “Closest to Home” Task Force on Archival Programs for Local Governments to “develop a coordinated plan for a portal to provide access to web-based resources on local government archives,” but as content expanded, the site has proven to be of interest to archivists from other fields as well.

No registration is required to download documents; however, if you would like to upload documents you must be registered.