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OSU Queer Archives: OSQA

Archival collections and materials that document LGBTQ+ histories at Oregon State University, Corvallis, and Benton County

Location Information

OSQA is a part of the Oregon State University Libraries - Special Collections & Archives Research Center, located on the 5th floor of The Valley Library.

Due to COVID-19, we are closed to the public. Please see the SCARC COVID-19 information website for more information.

For general questions or support, see the contact information below.

Contact Information

Natalia Fernández, Associate Professor, Curator of the Oregon Multicultural Archives and OSU Queer Archives Oregon State University

Pronouns (she/her/hers)

OSU Libraries and Press: Special Collections and Archives Research Center


Bradley Boovy, Associate Professor of German and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Co-Founder of the OSU Queer Archives


Contact Professor Boovy with questions about curriculum development or research related to history of sexuality at OSU

Welcome to the Queer Archives!

The mission of the OSU Queer Archives is to preserve and share the stories, histories, and experiences of LGBTQ+ people within the OSU and Corvallis communities. OSQA was established in the Fall of 2014.

This mission is rooted in three central commitments:

  • fostering intersectional community activism
  • resisting erasure of queer and trans narratives
  • positioning the collection as a space to imagine alternative futures for LGBTQ+ communities and people

About OSQA - The Founding and Early Years

How to Use This Guide

This guide is home to a number of materials relating to LGBTQ+ histories in Corvallis and the surrounding area. Use the tabs at the top of the screen to explore our various collections, which include both physical and digital materials. Don't see what you're looking for here? Feel free to contact us for assistance, or with suggestions on how we can grow our collection!

If there are any materials that are only available in the physical archives, you are welcome to come to the Valley Library 5th Floor Reading Room to request to view the materials you need; check out these helpful pages regarding our facilities and FAQs.


The Oregon State University Libraries Special Collections and Archives Research Center (SCARC) maintains and makes available the University's unique collections of manuscripts, archives, photographs, and books. Subject strengths include:

We acknowledge that materials in SCARC collections and the language that describes them may be harmful. We are actively working to address our descriptive practices; for more information please see our SCARC Anti-Racist Actions Statement.

The Special Collections and Archives Research Center public service point is located in the Reading Room on the 5th Floor of the Valley Library at Oregon State University. If you plan to visit us, please check our calendar.

See our Guide to the Special Collections and Archives Research Center for more on how to visit SCARC, find our collections, and research tips.

SCARC Services During COVID-19

To contribute to a safer and healthy community for OSU faculty, staff, and students, as well as the greater Corvallis community, the Special Collections and Archives Research Center will be open by appointment only until further notice.

SCARC staff are committed to mitigating the risks associated with on-site collection consultations through a quarantine period of research materials before and after each appointment, disinfection of surfaces and high-touch points, wearing face coverings, and appropriate physical distancing.

We miss seeing you in our reading room, and while SCARC’s on-site public services are limited at this time, remote reference inquiries are being addressed to the best of our ability. There is a wealth of online content in Oregon Digital, on the SCARC website, in ScholarsArchive@OSU, in SCARC LibGuides, and on OSU MediaSpace, and public services staff are available to assist you in navigating and searching these sites.

See our COVID Services guide for information about our services during the COVID-19 pandemic.