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Guide to the Special Collections and Archives Research Center

So you're working on a story...

There are a few things you can do to ensure your visit to SCARC is a successful one.

Providing notice for planned articles
Not sure if SCARC has the material you need for your latest story? Consult with us to see what research we can support! Every archive is different – not all archives collect the same types of materials, and not all archives focus their collections on the same subjects. We collect in six main areas: the History of OSU, the History of Science, Natural Resources, Multiculturalism in Oregon, Hops and Brewing History and Rare Books. If you have any questions about whether we have materials that will help you write your story, please use the search box in the upper right corner of our website, or email us at

Providing notice for interviews
If you have questions for us, we’d prefer them in writing, and with at least a week's notice. SCARC’s staff is a relatively small one, and we have many on-going projects, both as individuals and as teams. If we have your questions in writing, in advance, we can ensure they are answered in a thorough, timely manner by the staff best able to do so. Please also review the Frequently Asked Questions section of this guide – we may have already answered your question(s)!

Providing notice for visits
If you’d like to see any of our collections in person, please try to let us know in advance the day and time that you’d like to visit. Though appointments are by no means required, we do appreciate when researchers contact us in advance, as it provides the opportunity to answer any questions they might have, let them know of any Reading Room closures that may affect their visit, and assist them as efficiently and effectively as possible. We know your time, as both a student and a journalist, is limited - if you let us know you're coming, and what you'd like to look at, we can get it pulled before your visit so when you arrive you can dive right in!

Come prepared
Prior to your visit to SCARC, please visit our website and use the search box in the upper right corner to search our holdings for collections relevant to your topic or story. For more information on how to find and request rare books and archival materials, what happens when you visit SCARC, and how to read a collection guide, take a look at our guide, Guide to the Special Collections and Archives Research Center.

Cite your sources
Whether it’s a photograph, digital download, or quote, we’d love for you to use our materials in your article! We only ask that you complete our Notification of Use form (this can be completed after the article is published), and cite the specific collections you used (e.g. if you use a photograph of a document or other archival item, or quote from an primary source). See the Frequently Asked Questions section of this guide for more information!

We’d love to see your finished work! Feel free to email it directly to the staff member you worked with, or to our main email account at If you have any last minute questions prior to publication (e.g. spelling of last names, how to cite a specific item in a collection, or general fact checking), please don't hesitate to contact us!