About Special Collections and University Archives

About Special Collections & University Archives

Hours
Location:
Knight Library, 2nd floor North, 15th & Kincaid Street, University of Oregon
Mailing address: UO Libraries--SCUA, 1299 University of Oregon, Eugene OR 97403-1299
Paulson Reading Room 541-346-3068
Fax 541-346-3485 attn SCUA
Reference & use requests: spcarref@uoregon.edu

Special Collections and University Archives hold over 3,000 collections; more than a million items ranging from medieval codices and rare books to literary and historical manuscripts, university archives, original art, photographs, architectural drawings, and ephemera. The department preserves regional history, provides curriculum support, and assists amateur and scholarly researchers in many fields. Frequently Asked Questions

Mission

Special Collections and University Archives is the primary repository for the University of Oregon’s archives, rare books, historic photographs, and one of the largest historical manuscripts collections in the Pacific Northwest. Our mission is to acquire, preserve, and make available a clearly defined set of primary sources and rare books, reflecting the written, visual, and audio history and culture of Oregon, the Pacific Northwest, and selected aspects of American and world history. Our diverse collections support all types of research, from K–12 education to international scholarship. We strive to play an active and creative role in the teaching, research, and service missions of the University. (2/17/2010)

Access

  • Any adult may use our collections, and closely supervised teenagers.
  • You must be registered with SCUA, a process which takes only a couple of minutes and requires that you show an approved photo ID.
  • There is no cost for viewing our collections. We do charge reasonable fees for photocopying, scanning, and publication permissions.
  • Off-site collections require at least two weeks to transport. PLEASE contact us at spcarref@uoregon.edu well in advance of your visit so we can be sure we have your collections available.
  • You really need an appointment to see architectural drawings, glass-plate negatives, and medieval manuscripts due to special handling requirements. Please contact us at spcarref@uoregon.edu to arrange your visit.
  • Hours are subject to change. Check our Google calendar.
  • Traveling? PLEASE contact us at spcarref@uoregon.edu well in advance of your visit so we can be sure we have your collections available.

History

Special Collections grew from the work of the History Department, which began collecting materials about Oregon history shortly after the University was established in 1875. The Oregon Collection was developed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition and formed the nucleus of the Rare Book collections augmented in the 1930s by the Burgess manuscripts. Special Collections was formally created in 1947as a library department under curator Martin Schmitt, who worked with Ed Kemp to acquire manuscript, book and photograph collections. The Library was named official repository for University records in 1948. Archives rejoined Special Collections in 1998; University Records was separated from Archives and Special Collections in 2007.

Holdings

The collections include over 100,000 monographs, 17,000 linear feet of manuscripts, 19,000 linear feet of University Archives, 400,000 photographs, 5,000 architectural drawings, 5,000 original drawings and illustrations, and over 20,000 broadsides, pamphlets, postage stamps, autographs, and pieces of ephemera. Among the most notable holdings are the Ken Kesey papers, Abigail Scott Duniway papers, Senator Wayne Morse papers, Paul Wiener papers, James Ivory papers, Ursula Le Guin papers, Doris Ulmann photography archives, works by authors and illustrators of children's literature, and the Major Lee Moorhouse photographs of Native Americans. Holdings also include important collections of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts; incunabula; collections devoted to the writings of major individual authors, such as Barry Lopez and Ernest Haycox; and manuscript and archival collections that offer research opportunities in a wide variety of historical and literary subjects.

The manuscript, photograph, archives, and book collections in Special Collections and University Archives are the collections that make the University of Oregon Library a research library. These collections provide the materials for original scholarship and the resources through which the present generation of scholars can train the next in research methodologies and critical thinking. These collections, because of their significance, draw faculty, researchers, and talented students to the University, and thus help establish a national reputation for the Library and enhance the prestige of the University. They are at the very heart of the University's research and teaching mission.

Staff

Reference and use requests: spcarref@uoregon.edu

James D. Fox, Director, 541-346-1904
Austin Munsell, Collections Coordinator, 541-346-1908
Bruce Tabb, Rare Books & Public Services Librarian, 541-346-1846
Jennifer O'Neal, Corrigan Solari University Historian and Archivist, 541-346-1899
Kira Homo, Electronic Records Archivist, 541-346-2487
Randy Sullivan, Image Services Supervisor, 541-346-1853
Linda Long, Manuscripts Librarian, 541-346-1906
Stephanie Kays, Archivist for Collections Management, 541-346-1597
Marilyn Reaves, Assistant to the Director, 541-346-1949
Rachel Lilley, Assistant Processing and Public Services Archivist, 541-346-9378
 

Created by nhelmer on Jun 18, 2012 Last updated Sep 11, 2014