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Guide to the Special Collections and Archives Research Center

Find SCARC Materials

The unique collections in the Special Collections and Archives Research Center can be used to support research in a wide range of topics. 

These collections include almost every possible format, including manuscripts, publications, photographs, films and videos, audio recordings, maps, oral histories, ephemera, born-digital content, and more.


Most frequently, collections are titled for the person or organization that created, produced, or compiled the records.




Collections can also be named to reflect their contents. 

Sometimes single items are considered collections.





Within each collection, you may find a variety of source types that might be relevant to your research.

You can learn about a collection and its contents by examining the collection guide.

The collection guides reside on the Special Collections and Archives Research Center's website. You can also find our materials in 1Search, Oregon Digital, and Scholars Archive. Check out the tutorials below for tips on searching with these tools.