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Friday Feature: Nuclear History Research Guide

The Special Collections and Archives Research Center is pleased to share the first of our new research guides, which details our significant collection strengths in nuclear history and atomic energy.

The guide includes subtopics on:

The guide will expand as we begin processing on a few new accessions in SCARC, including further records of the Radiation Center, the papers of Radiation Center director Chih Wang, and a very special new collection arriving in the fall. Watch this space for updates, and for new research guides on other subject strengths. In the meantime, check out interesting selections from the atomic energy and nuclear history collections on SCARC’s Pinterest page.

Just what you’ve wanted: A Microform Machine Tutorial!

student microfilmFor all who have felt like they are on shaky ground when heading to the 3rd floor of The Valley Library and the mysterious microform machines, we’ve created a tour on the OSU Archives Flickr page.

While you are there, check out the Flickr tour of the 3rd floor and some great shots of the transfer of the Gerald Williams Collection.

Locating Primary Sources Online: Exploring Resources Outside OSU for Research Projects

rotunda.jpgWe have wonderful archival materials the OSU Archives, but we don’t have it all … This list contains some interesting primary source collections outside the walls of the Valley Library.

The Digital Scriptorium is an image database of medieval and renaissance manuscripts that unites scattered resources from many institutions into an international tool for teaching and scholarly research. It bridges the gap between a diverse user community and the limited resources of libraries by means of sample imaging and extensive rather than intensive cataloging.

The Nike Archives: Public museums were founded in part to help societies hold onto their cultural and historical memories, but businesses collect, too. The documents, products, and records a company keeps in its archive help create institutional memories; sometimes those memories are of products that worked, sometimes not. The Nike Archives has over 23,000 pieces of sports memorabilia, nearly every shoe produced. Their goal is to collect at least one of every item Nike has produced. If you’d like to see what is missing, there are still about 50 models missing.

The Women and Gender Project: The Archives for Research on Women and Gender (ARWG) project specializes in acquiring, preserving, arranging, describing, and providing access to primary source materials that document the lives of women, constructions of gender, and expressions of sexual identity in South Texas.

The Carnegie Melon: History of Medicine Library site.

The Web of Healing: This exploration of healing in eighteenth-century Philadelphia was developed and brought to life by a group of graduate students at the University of Pennsylvania’s department of History and Sociology of Science. Initially developed to be used as a teaching tool for undergraduates, this site is designed to serve as a pedagogical and public history resource.

Erosion of a Sea Stack Over 100 Years: The photographs on this site show the demise of Jump-off Joe, a sea stack at Nye Beach, Newport, Oregon.

Coastal Engineering: research, consulting, and teaching, 1946-1997: Full-text book on the Internet Archive.

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The University Archives is the repository for official and unofficial records that document OSU’s history. Our collections include historical records of enduring value generated by faculty, academic departments, administrative offices, students, and campus organizations.

Archival Collections: What Will I Find There?

  • Diaries and Journals
  • Letters/Correspondence
  • Institutional and Business Records
  • Photographs and other Visual Images
  • Maps, Blueprints, and Plans
  • Transcripts and Recordings of Oral History Interviews or Oral Traditions
  • Sound and Video Recordings
  • Physical Artifacts

So How Do I Find Archives?

  • National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections: This is an online catalog containing descriptions of archival collections from all over the nation.
  • National Archives and Records Administration – Pacific Alaska Region: the National Archives keeps documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government; this site includes finding aids for records held at the Pacific Alaska Region facility.
  • Primary Resource Repositories: This site contains links to the Web pages of archives and special collections throughout the U.S., Canada and the world. It is organized by state and then alphabetical by repository.
  • Library of Congress American Memory: American Memory is a gateway to rich primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States. The site offers more than 7 million digital items from more than 100 historical collections.
  • Northwest Digital Archives site: The site’s database includes finding aids (more than 1,800 currently) from 16 archival repositories in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. The search page includes options for searching or browsing with terms for several ethnic and cultural groups.

What Can I Find in the OSU Archives?

The primary mission of the University Archives is to collect, maintain, preserve and make available to researchers the historical records of Oregon State University. Within this large body of documentation are sources for the study of ethnic communities that have shaped OSU and Oregon. The collections listed here are but a few containing information about the many communities that make up our university.

Oregon Multicultural Archives (OMA)

Where can I find more? Links to other online archival collections

  • Columbia River Basin Ethnic History Archive: The CRBEHA brings together selected highlights of the ethnic collections from leading repositories in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. In addition to the digital archive, CRBEHA provides tutorials on how to research and interpret library and museum resources, and encourages public dialogue about ethnic history sources and issues in its online discussion forum.
  • Black Oral History Interviews: This collection, developed by Washington State University, consists of interviews conducted by Quintard Taylor and his associates, Charles Ramsay and John Dawkins. They interviewed African American pioneers and their descendents throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana, from 1972-1974.
  • First Nations Tribal Collection: This collection developed at Southern Oregon University consists of documents, books, and articles relating to the indigenous peoples of this bioregion, including the Klamath, Modoc, Takelma, Shasta, Cow Creek Band of Umpqua, and Yahooskin nations.
  • American Indians of the Pacific Northwest Digital Collection: This site provides an extensive digital collection of original photographs and documents about the Northwest Coast and Plateau Indian cultures, complemented by essays written by anthropologists, historians, and teachers about both particular tribes and cross-cultural topics. These cultures have occupied, and in some cases still live in parts of Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. This collection is also available via the American Memory Project at the Library of Congress.
  • Japanese American Relocation Digital Archive (JARDA): JARDA is a digital “thematic collection” within the OAC documenting the experience of Japanese Americans in World War II internment camps, including Japanese Americans from Oregon. Curators, archivists, and librarians from ten participating OAC contributing institutions selected a broad range of primary sources to be digitized, including photographs, documents, manuscripts, paintings, drawings, letters, and oral histories. Over 10,000 digital images have been created complemented by 20,000 pages of electronic transcriptions of documents and oral histories. These materials are described and inventoried in 28 different online guides or “finding aids.”

Adventures in the Archives: Hunting for History

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Upward Bound Students: Welcome to the OSU Archives!

Congratulations! You have found your first clue!

The map shown above is one that was drawn by a student for the 1934 Beaver yearbook. We don’t know much about the artist, Wayne Bagley, but we do know that he included all the clues on his map that you will need to finish this scavenger hunt.

In your hunt for Oregon State University history, you will use Wayne’s map to find buildings in the main quad of campus, going from building to building in search of clues. On the second day of the hunt, you will spend some time investigating the Archives, looking for more information about Wayne and his roaring 1920s college life!

Wayne was a student at Oregon State College, as OSU was known in the 1920s, from 1926-1930. He was an active artist while at OSC, though he was an Engineering major! He was a member of Kappa Kappa Alpha, the Hammer and Coffin (the Oregon State chapter of the national honor humor fraternity), the National Honorary Fraternity in Art, as well as a member of Theta Delta Nu and an editor for the Beaver yearbook. In 1928, he was on the staff for the Orange Owl, which was a comic magazine on campus and a publication of the Hammer and Coffin.

The Orange Owl, Oregon State’s humor magazine for 8 years, was full of literary articles, verses, jokes, skits, cartoons, and pictures. In 1928, the same year Wayne was involved, the Hammer and Coffin decided to stop publishing the magazine because there were so many complaints by people who were offended by the articles; later that year, the magazine was shut completely down by a student interest committee.

To begin, click on the map, and then write down the “Item Number” on a paging slip and give it to the person at the Archives reference desk.

Good luck and have fun!