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Archive for February, 2012

Documenting our Times: The Lariviere Challenge

Saturday, February 25th, 2012
The UO Libraries’ Special Collections and University Archives is aggressively collecting physical and electronic materials related to the termination of President Lariviere, and the official records of his presidency.
Materials will be made available to researchers as quickly as possible. Be aware that, in compliance with confidentiality regulations, all materials have to pass through review before they can be released. Some materials are available now in Scholars Bank.

Newly available collection: Abbot Low Mills papers

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Abbot Low Mills (1858-1927) was a banker who became president of the First National Bank of Portland, Oregon. The collection contains correspondence, essays and addresses, banking and business records, personal account books and scrapbooks.

Call number: Ax 191

12 linear feet (8 containers)

Guide to the Abbot Low Mills Papers

Newly available collection: Lura McLane Smith collection of Korean missionary materials

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Lura McLane Smith’s husband, Roy K. Smith, was a Presbyterian medical missionary in Korea, in Seoul and Mason. The collection contains booklets, pamphlets, newspaper and magazine clippings related to Smith’s missionary work in Korea.

Call number: A 293

.5 linear feet (1 container)

Guide to the Lura McLane Smith Collection of Korean Missionary Materials


Official 1940 census website now available

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

The 1940 census will become available to the public on April 2, 2012. Check out NARA’s blog post about the opening as well as the official webpage for the 1940 census.

This is the first time census will be available digitally upon release. Check out the great introductory video on the official webpage.

Newly available collection: Roy K. Smith and Lura McLane Smith letters from Korea

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Roy K. Smith was a Presbyterian medical missionary in Korea, in Seoul and Mason. The letters are to friends and to his wife, Lura McLane Smith.

Call number: A 206

.1 linear feet (1 folder)

Guide to the Guide to the Roy K. Smith and Lura McLane Smith Letters from Korea, 1914-1920



Defining new arrivals/newly available collections

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

We will shortly be starting to post announcements for new arrivals and newly available collections. We will include some brief comments about the collections as well as links to the NWDA finding aids available online.

New arrivals = New collections for the department. These announcements may include summary information about new collections. When available a link to an NWDA finding aid will be included.

Newly available collections = Collections that have a new NWDA finding aid. Many times these collections have been in SCUA for years with little known about them by users. These collections have been available for research, but access was limited as there was little to no online information about the collections. Often, there are detailed paper finding aids available in SCUA that may contain additional information.


Update on February 16, 2012:

We will also post announcements for:

Updated finding aid = for when collections already have NWDA finding aids, but we have added additional materials to the collection and updated the finding aid to reflect these additions. We won’t be posting announcement if we update a spelling error in a finding aid, but we want to be able to alert people who have already looked at a finding aid or collection that it might warrant a second look with the addition of new materials.

Finding aids available in ArchiveGrid

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

All our finding aids that go into NWDA will also now be available in ArchiveGrid! This has multiple benefits including:

  • expanding the user base of who will discover our finding aids and fabulous collections
  • allowing users who typically search NWDA to search with ArchiveGrid to discover additional materials of interest outside of the region

ArchiveGrid, once a fee based program, will be free and open for all for all now run by OCLC Research. ArchiveGrid connects you with primary source material held in archives around the world. You will find historical documents, personal papers, family histories, and more. ArchiveGrid also helps researchers contact archives to request information, arrange a visit, and order copies.

ArchiveGrid includes archival collection descriptions from WorldCat bibliographic records and from finding aids harvested from contributors’ websites.

Check out the beta version for new enhancements and features. This prototype system from OCLC Research is in its early stages of development, and we’re interested in your comments and suggestions. We’ll be updating the site regularly with more archival descriptions and more features, so check back with us to see what’s new.


Update on February 16, 2012: See the following two announcements regarding NWDA finding aids in ArchiveGrid