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The educational resources of the university include art, galleries, collections, and exhibits of cultural and scientific materials. Research, teaching, and extension functions are combined in these collections, which serve both the institution and the general public.

Over the years, various departments and schools of the university have become repositories for extensive holdings of manuscripts; rare books; prints, paintings, and other art objects; costumes; textiles; historic artifacts; archaeological material; fossils; preserved plants and animals; wood products; and marine material. These collections serve many of the same functions as a library or make possible the identification of materials whose age, name, or significance is unknown.

Most university collections serve primarily research and teaching functions and may be viewed by prior appointment with their curators. Permanent collections and museums include:


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Archaeological Collection

David R. Brauner, Curator

The Archaeological Collection consists of artifacts, field notes, maps, drawings, sketches, and photographs accumulated in archaeological investigations. Several thousand items of primary archaeological documentation comprise this collection. Location: Waldo Hall.


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Art About Agriculture

S.J. Curtis, Curator

The College of Agricultural Sciences has sponsored Art About Agriculture since 1983, as a source for education, inspiration, and research enabling people to understand and value agriculture and natural resources through the universal language of visual arts. The program, in part, recognizes regional artists for investigating agriculture and natural resources themes as content and subjects for creating their works of art. It also enables the college to acquire art for a permanent collection of contemporary fine art now representing more than 150 artists with their more than 250 works of art. The Art About Agriculture permanent collection, selected through peer review, comprises fiber arts, mixed media assemblages, paintings, sculptures, watercolors, and works on paper including drawings, photographs, and prints. Many distinguished artists are represented in the Art About Agriculture permanent collection, including Harrison Branch, Sally Cleveland, Betty Feves (1918–1985), Sally Finch, Sally Haley (1908–2007), Carl Hall (1921–1996), (Manuel Izquierdo (1925–2009), Mary Josephson, Betty LaDuke, Marjorie McDonald (1898–1995), John Henry Rock (1919–1993), Laura Ross-Paul, Nelson Sandgren (1917–2006), Robert Schlegel, Robert Weller, and Renée Zangara.

Since the program began the college has collaborated with more than 50 galleries, primarily in Oregon, and also Washington, and British Columbia, Canada, for presenting the permanent collection, invitational art exhibitions, and regional art competitions. In 2006 the college cosponsored in partnership with the Oregon Historical Society a retrospective exhibition of the entire juried Art About Agriculture permanent collection. The late Brenda Hood, in memory of her husband, the late Gordon Hood, sponsored This Bountiful Place: Art About Agriculture, the Permanent Collection, an exhibition catalog published in association with the Oregon Historical Press, 2006.

Accessions to the Art About Agriculture permanent collection are made possible from patron-donor partnerships. The College of Agricultural Sciences is grateful for support from the deans of OSU Extension Service, College of Agricultural Sciences, and College of Liberal Arts; Dan and Wanda Arp; Todd and Sarah Bastian; Betty Brose; Gene and Cande Buccola; Capital Press; James and Stella Coakley; Marybeth Collins; William Cook and Gwil Evans; The Ford Family Foundation; the Carl Hall Family Collection through Bill Rhoades; the late Margaret Hogg; the late Brenda and Gordon Hood; E. R. Jackman; Larry and Sherry Kaseberg; Betty LaDuke; the Lamb Foundation; Beth and Edward Ray; and the late Gayle Strome. All gifts made to the OSU Foundation-Art About Agriculture qualify as contributions under current state and federal tax codes, including the Oregon Cultural Trust, and may be made at any time.


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Department of Fisheries and Wildlife’s Birds, Mammals, and Fishes Collections

Bruce Dugger, Curator of Birds
Brian Sidlauskas, Curator of Fishes
Clinton W. Epps, Curator of Mammals

The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife’s Birds and Mammals Collections include more than 9,000 specimens of birds and 10,000 specimens of mammals, as well as the Braly Ornithological Collection; Overton Dowell, Jr., Bird Collection; Alex Walker Ornithological Collection; and Oregon Game Commission Collection. The Ichthyological Collection contains more than 19,000 cataloged lots of fish representing approximately 200,000 specimens and 45 nominal type specimens. In addition, there are about 100,000 uncataloged specimens available for study. More than 13,000 frozen tissue specimens are available for genetic analysis. The collection emphasizes fishes of the Pacific Northwest, but also holds specimens from many parts of the world including Japan, Iran, Peru, Trinidad, Thailand and India. It recently added many fishes from Guyana. Use of the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife collections is restricted to qualified students and investigators. Location: Nash Hall.


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Fairbanks Art Gallery

Douglas Russell, Director
Website: http://oregonstate.edu/fairbanksgallery/Current_Exhibit_.html

Fairbanks Gallery features exhibitions focusing on contemporary Northwest regional, national, and international artists. This program provides the public, campus, and student communities diverse creative experiences and interactions with the inspired, inventive world of visual art. In many cases exhibitions are accompanied by gallery talks, and sometimes also by classroom workshops, critiques and public lectures. Past one-person exhibits have featured notable artists such as Ruth Bernhard, Sue Coe, Wolf Kahn, Jacob Lawrence, Robert Motherwell, Philip Pearlstein, Wayne Thiebauld, Jerry N. Uelsmann, Edward Weston, Jenny Schmid, and Bill Viola. Group shows have included artists Robert Colescott, Christo, Jim Dine, Eric Fischl, Roy de Forest, Helen Frankenthaler, Ann Hamilton, David Hockney, Jenny Holzer, Roy Lichtenstein, Henri Matisse, Peter Milton, Robert Motherwell, James Rosenquist, Frank Stella, Andy Warhol, and William Wegman.

Fairbanks Gallery hosts many engaging and informative events. Pondering the Muse is a series of talks that examine the aesthetic and symbolic aspects of the artwork on display. These informal discussions also explore the artist’s intent, historical references, design theories, and technical processes. All of the talks in this series are free and open to the public. In addition, we arrange talks for visitors ranging from elementary school students to art museum docents in specially scheduled presentations.

Email list

If you would like to be added to the email list to be notified of Fairbanks Gallery events and the Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture program, please visit our Web page at http://oregonstate.edu/fairbanksgallery/Join_Email_List.html.

Location

Fairbanks Gallery is located in Fairbanks Hall, at the corner of S.W. 26th Street and S.W. Jefferson Way on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis, Oregon. See our Web page for more directions.

Hours

Hours are 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Thursday, and 8 a.m.–noon, Friday. Occasionally the gallery will be closed during holidays and term breaks. To confirm gallery hours call 541-737-4745.

Facebook

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Fine Arts Print Collection

Douglas Russell, Curator
Website: http://oregondigital.org/digcol/fairbanks/

The School of Arts and Communication’s Fine Art Print Collection contains nearly 600 prints representing numerous countries and spanning several centuries. The collection’s holdings includes work of various styles, including Japanese Ukiyo-e, modern Japanese woodblock, 20th century Latin American, German Expressionism, and 20th century American prints. Artists include Max Beckmann, Francisco Goya, Hideo Hagiwara, Hiroshige Utagawa, William Hogarth, Kathe Kollwitz, Kunisada, Mauricio Lasansky, Otto Mueller, Max Pechstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Jun’Ichiro Sekino, Edward Weston, Yeizan and others.

Prints in the collection have been largely donated over the last seventy years from various sources, including patrons, faculty members, international donors, professional artists, and former students. The collection began in earnest under the direction of Gordon Gilkey. Formerly the chair of OSU's former Department of Art, Gilkey became the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, and later became the curator of the Vivian and Gordon Gilkey Center for Graphic Arts at the Portland Art Museum. While chairman of the Department of Art at OSU, he hired numerous faculty who were talented printmakers. Berk Chappell, John Rock, Paul Gunn, Shepard Levine, Nelson Sandgren, and Demetrios Jameson not only made prints, but helped collect and find donations to add to the collection.

A World Print Competition portfolio of twenty prints was added in 1973. Portfolios of Latin American artists were organized as Actualidad Gráfica Panorama Artístico, and OSU was a recipient in 1975 and 1976. Photographs are included in this collection. In 1974 photography students petitioned the OSU Foundation to fund the purchase of an edition of The Edward Weston Fiftieth Anniversary Portfolio.

A six-year rejuvenation project of preservation, cataloguing, and digital photography has culminated in a new collection website. The collection now serves as an educational resource for the students and faculty at OSU, and the prints are now also accessible via the Web for the general public and other educational institutions. The website also acts as a research center for art students, who can research prints and submit research papers to be Web published. The collection is housed in Valley Library, which offers important temperature and climate controls.


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Geological Collections

Andrew Meigs, Geology Program Director

The Geological Collections include minerals, rocks, and fossils. The Edward Taylor Mineral Collections (F. Tepley, Curator) contain several thousand rare and fine specimens. Over 5,000 fossil specimens of Paleozoic, Mesozoic, and Cenozoic marine invertebrates comprise the outstanding John H. Howard and Earl L. Packard Collections in Paleontology (A.G Grunder, Curator). Location: Wilkinson Hall.


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The Herbarium

Aaron I. Liston, Director

The Herbarium contains more than 405,000 named specimens of seed plants, ferns, mosses, algae, fungi, and lichens. Emphasis is on collections from western North America. The herbarium is the repository for the Morton E. Peck Herbarium of Willamette University, a research collection of Oregon flora consisting of more than 30,000 sheets, and the former University of Oregon herbarium. The mycological collections (J. Spatafora, Curator) consist of approximately 75,000 dried specimens of fungi and lichens, supplemented by microscope slides and a culture collection. These collections include the H.C. Gilbert Myxomycete Collection and the Forest Service Pathology Herbarium. Location: Cordley Hall. Website: http://www.oregonstate.edu/dept/botany/herbarium/.


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Herpetological Collection

Stevan J. Arnold, Curator

The herpetological research collection consists of more than 60,000 ethanol-preserved amphibians and reptiles, and approximately 24,000 frozen tissue samples. The collection has excellent representation for sites in the Pacific Northwest and includes the largest collection of garter snakes (Thamnophis) in the world. These and other aspects of the collection are described at the collection website http://oregonstate.edu/~arnoldst/herp%20collection.htm. Location: Cordley Hall.


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The J.C. Braly Natural History Collection

Robert T. Mason, Curator

The Natural History Collection includes 550 mounts of birds and mammals in the J.C. Braly Collection. A collection of specimen skins on the first floor is used mainly for teaching. In addition, over 1,000 preserved specimens of amphibians and reptiles from the Pacific Northwest constitute a considerable part of the teaching collection. Location: Cordley Hall.


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The LaSells Stewart Center Galleries

Tina Green-Price, Curator and Assistant Director of The LaSells Stewart Center
The LaSells Stewart Center
875 SW 26th Street (located directly across from Reser Stadium)
Corvallis, OR 97331
Oregon State University

The LaSells Stewart Center was constructed from patron-donor funds in 1981 and is the first performing arts venue and conference center on the campus of Oregon State University. The galleries at The LaSells Stewart Center offer visitors the opportunity to experience three distinct art galleries: Giustina Gallery, Murdock Gallery, and South Hall Display Case.

Giustina Gallery is located in the heart of The LaSells Stewart Center and is the largest art gallery in Willamette Valley. It proudly hosts 10 to 12 exhibits each year, featuring fine art of all mediums with over 450 local, regional and international artists represented. Giustina Gallery is recognized for cultivating creativity and building connections among the community and artists. Murdock Gallery provides art enthusiasts a more intimate art work experience—with nearly 64 linear feet of display area. South Hall Display Case features local artists in a two- and three-dimensional presentation case.

Collectively, the galleries provide the local and campus community diverse opportunities to view and display art work. Annual exhibits include: Vista and Vineyards, Art about Agriculture, Cultural Connections Exhibit, Community Art Exhibit, plus many more. Each exhibition is accompanied with a public art reception.

View upcoming exhibits, http://oregonstate.edu/lasells/gallery.

Sign-up to receive email notifications about upcoming art exhibits and receptions, performances and public sessions, http://oregonstate.edu/lasells/Weekly-Happenings.

Standard Hours of Operation: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and evenings and weekends during events. To learn more about The LaSells Stewart Center or its galleries, visit, http://oregonstate.edu/lasells/.


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Memorial Union Art Collection

Susan Bourque, Curator
541-737-6371
Website: http://mu.oregonstate.edu/about/history

To see and interact with OSU Memorial Union Art Collection go to: http://www.facebook.com/pages/OSU-Memorial-Union-Art-Collection/17460794118

Throughout the Memorial Union are selections from its permanent art collection. The collection began in 1928 with a gift from the Board of Regents, but the foundation of the collection came in 1943 with a donation of fifty-three William Henry Price paintings. Currently among the 125 artists included in the collection are paintings and sculptures by J. Leo Fairbanks, works from the early nineteen hundreds by Carrie Gilbert depicting Native Americans, prints collected and donated by Gordon and Vivian Gilkey, and historic photographs of OSU (a number of which are on display in the mezzanine hall). Art work commissioned under the Oregon’s Percentage for the Arts Programs includes murals by Hector Hernandez, Henk Pender and Sherrie Wolf.  The collection has over 300 works of art, half of which are on display at any one time throughout the building.


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Memorial Union Concourse Gallery

Susan Bourque, Exhibits Coordinator
541-737-6371
Website: http://mu.oregonstate.edu/art-gallery/

The Memorial Union Concourse Gallery is one of the largest exhibition spaces on the OSU Campus. Several contemporary art exhibits reflecting a diversity of styles, media and cultural perspectives are scheduled throughout the year. These exhibits feature the artwork of international, regional, local recognized artists, and the art of talented OSU students. This program provides the public, campus, and student communities an opportunity to experience and engage their visual senses as they walk the long concourse or take a break in one of the many seating options available. Some exhibits have related gallery talks, lectures, and/or receptions, when offered, detailed information will be available from our website. The gallery is located at the heart of campus in the historic and beautiful Memorial Union, on 26th and Jefferson Streets.

Gallery hours during the academic year: Monday–Saturday, 8 a.m.–11 p.m.; Sunday, 10:30 a.m.–11 p.m. Term breaks and summer: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.


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Oregon State Arthropod Collection

David R. Maddison, Director
Christopher J. Marshall, Curator and Collection Manager

The Oregon State Arthropod Collection is a valuable research collection of nearly three million insect and mite specimens, chiefly from the Pacific Northwest. Collection strengths include Coleoptera, Hemiptera, Lepidoptera, and Hymenoptera. Areas of specialization include the Melville Hatch Beetle Collection, mites associated with insects and marine habitats, sphecoid wasps and bees of the world, leaf hoppers and plant bugs of North America, aquatic insects, litter arthropods, butterflies, and moths of the Pacific Northwest. Specimens of historic importance include the Hopkins Collection of western forest insects and voucher material of the H.J. Andrews (LTER). Location: 4082 Cordley Hall. Visit the website at http://osac.science.oregonstate.edu.


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School of Arts and Communication Slide Collection

The School of Arts and Communication Slide Collection contains 90,000 slides of paintings, sculpture, architecture, crafts, graphic design, and general design from prehistoric times to the present. The collection is primarily for use by faculty in their classes. Location: Fairbanks Hall. Contact School of Arts and Communications, 541-737-4745.


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School of Design and Human Environment

Elaine L. Pedersen, Collection Manager

The School of Design and Human Environment (E. Pedersen, Collection Manager) houses a collection of approximately 2,800 historic and ethnic textiles and costumes. Among the earliest textiles in the collection are those from Coptic Egypt and pre-Columbian Peru. A collection of more than 300 historic American and European costumes dates from 1805 to the present. Location: Milam Hall. Additional information is available on the World Wide Web at: http://business.oregonstate.edu/sdhe/historic-collection.


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Special Collections & Archives Research Center

Lawrence A. Landis, Director

The University Libraries’ Special Collections & Archives Research Center maintains and makes available the university’s unique collections of manuscripts, archives, photographs, and books. Its holdings include collections pertaining to the history of science and technology; the historical records of OSU and papers of its prominent faculty members; collections documenting cultural and ethnic groups in Oregon; and collections documenting natural resources in the Pacific Northwest, especially agriculture and forestry.

The Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers is the center’s cornerstone history of science and technology collection. It is an archival research collection of more than 500,000 items which chronicles the life and work of OSU alumnus Dr. Linus Pauling, the only person in history to have received two unshared Nobel Prizes (Chemistry, 1954; Peace, 1962). The collection, donated by Dr. Pauling in 1986, includes the original manuscript for Pauling’s seminal 1931 paper, The Nature of the Chemical Bond; the research notebooks and working manuscripts for a number of Pauling’s over 1,100 journal publications and 13 books; and the original petition for nuclear disarmament presented to the United Nations in 1958, which contains the signatures of more than 9,000 scientists worldwide, including Nobel laureates Albert Schweitzer and Bertrand Russell. The archive also includes Dr. Pauling’s numerous awards, over 100 hours of audiovisual material, his mammoth correspondence with many of the most prominent figures of the twentieth century, and a significant trove of molecular models constructed by Pauling. The collection serves the research interests of scholars from around the world. See http://scarc.library.oregonstate.edu/coll/pauling/index.html.

Another significant area within history of science and technology are the Atomic Energy and Nuclear History Collections. The collections include the first published account of the discovery of radioactivity in 1896, writings on the Manhattan project, the hearings of Robert Oppenheimer, and a formerly secret report of the effects of the atom bomb. It also features cultural aspects of the atomic age. See http://scarc.library.oregonstate.edu/coll/energy/index.html.

The center is the official repository for the historical records created by OSU. The university archives component of the center was established in 1961 to collect, describe, preserve, make accessible to the public, and display historical records created or received in connection with the transaction of university affairs. Closely connected to the university records are the personal papers of several hundred OSU faculty, dating back to the 19th century. More than 300,000 historic photographs document campus buildings, university programs, special events, athletics, faculty, and students. A large collection of memorabilia consists of individual historical items such as programs, posters, brochures, and clippings.  See http://scarc.library.oregonstate.edu/university-history.html for information about collections and other resources pertaining to OSU’s history.

The Oregon Multicultural Archives was established by the OSU Libraries in 2005 to assist in preserving the histories and sharing the stories that document the lives and activities of African American, Asian American, Latino/a, and Native American communities of Oregon. Significant collections and projects include the Urban League of Portland Records, the Braceros in Oregon Photograph Collection, the Japanese American Association of Lane County Oral Histories, and the 2012 Oregon Tribal Archives Institute. See http://scarc.library.oregonstate.edu/oma/index.html.

The center’s holdings include numerous collections pertaining to natural resources in the Pacific Northwest. A core collection in this area is the Gerald W. Williams Collection, which includes the personal papers and collected historic photographs of Williams, former chief historian for the U.S. Forest Service. Other significant natural resources related collections include the papers of wildlife conservationist William L. Finley, the Pacific Northwest Stream Survey Records, and the Alderman Farms Films. See http://scarc.library.oregonstate.edu/natural-resources.html for information about natural resources related collections.

The McDonald Collection is the university’s premier collection of rare books. Fine examples of typography, incunabula, works of famous illustrators, numerous fine bindings, and several first editions are represented in the collection. See http://scarc.library.oregonstate.edu/coll/mcdonald/index.html.

The center’s collections are open to students, faculty, staff, and the public for research from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The center encourages the use of its collections in undergraduate and graduate classes; instruction services range from general orientation sessions to more specialized sessions with hands-on examination of archival materials in a classroom setting. Tours of the center are available upon request. More information about the center’s services and holdings is available at http://scarc.library.oregonstate.edu/. Location: Valley Library.


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Valley Library NW Art Collection

Ruth Vondracek, Humanities Librarian

The Valley Library NW Art Collection of contemporary art by Northwest artists consists of 120 artworks selected in collaboration with the Oregon Arts Commission through the Oregon Percent for Art law. Located throughout the Valley Library, the collection includes paintings, sculptures, photographs, lithographs, prints and other media. A self-guided tour is available at the reference desk. The website http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/libraries_and_collections/art/ has images of all artworks and information about the artists. Location: Valley Library.


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Visitor Center, OSU Marine Science Center

William Hanshumaker, Public Marine Education Specialist
Extension Sea Grant Faculty
Hatfield Marine Science Center
2030 SE Marine Science Dr.
Newport, OR. 97365-5296
541-867-0167
Website: http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu/visitor/

The Visitor Center of the HMSC at Newport features aquariums, interactive exhibits, and hands-on displays that bring to life the marine research conducted by OSU scientists. Special events, educational programs, guided tours and walks are available on request to teach visitors about the ocean and its inhabitants, from undersea volcanoes to the tiniest tide pool creatures.

The Visitor Center serves as a social laboratory for OSU Sea Grant’s "Free-choice Learning" initiative.


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The Xylarium (Wood Collection)

Barbara Lachenbruch, Curator
541-737-4213
Website: http://woodscience.oregonstate.edu/research-community/facilities/xylarium

The Xylarium (Wood Collection) contains approximately 2,500 species of wood, primarily from North and South America, Southeast Asia, and Africa.


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