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Chris Petersen

Archivist for Oral History and Digital Projects

Phone: (541) 737-2810
Primary Duties:

I administer the SCARC Oral History Program and help facilitate digital projects activities in our department. I am also SCARC's lead for electronic records accessioning and web archiving. I curate many of our film and video collections, and have worked extensively with the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers.

Brief CV

  • B.S. History. Oregon State University. 1999.
  • B.S. Sociology. Oregon State University. 1999.
Research and Professional Interests:
  • Using oral history to document institutional memory at OSU
  • Embedding oral history in the curriculum
  • Improving access to unique resources through digitization
  • Exploring the life and legacy of Linus Pauling
Works In Progress:



  • HC 407: The Hidden History of Women at OSU (annually with Tiah Edmunson-Morton, 2018-present; 2020 Honors Course of the Year)
  • Doing Oral History on a Shoestring, Oregon Heritage Conference workshop, Forest Grove, Oregon, April 17, 2024 (with Kate Thornhill)
Outstanding Faculty Research Assistant, 2 016, Oregon State University
Full CV:


Selected Publications:
  • Petersen, Chris, ed. Visions of Linus Pauling, Singapore; Hackensack, NJ : World Scientific, 2023. (Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 2023.)
  • Petersen, Chris and Clifford Mead, eds. The Pauling Catalogue: Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers at Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon: Oregon State University Libraries, 2006. (Six volumes)
Selected Presentations:
  • "Anti-Racist Description Activities in the OSU Special Collections and Archives Research Center," Northwest Archivists annual meeting, Spokane, Washington, May 9, 2024. (with Natalia Fernández and Karl McCreary)
  • "Visions of Linus Pauling: Reflections on the Man and His Institute," Linus Pauling Institute webinar series, April 11, 2023. (Online)
  • "Using Oregon Digital to Improve Access to Moving Images Materials," Northwest Archivists annual meeting, May 4, 2022. (Online; contribution to the panel "Visioning a Northwest Digital Video and Moving Image Repository")
  • "A New and Improved Oregon Digital," Northwest Archivists annual meeting, May 13, 2021. (Online; with Kate Thornhill)
  • "The Role of Service Managers in Redeveloping Oregon Digital," Upper Midwest Digital Collections Conference, November 6, 2020. (Online; with Kate Thornhill)
  • "Strategies for Building a Robust Oral History Program at an Academic Library," Oral History Association annual meeting, Montreal, Quebec, October 12, 2018.
  • "The Voices Initiative at Oregon State University: Using OHMS and Omeka to Describe and Provide Access to Oral History Content," Northwest Archivists annual meeting, Warm Springs, Oregon, April 27, 2018.
  • "Creating a System for the Online Delivery of Oral History Content," Online Northwest, Portland State University, March 31, 2017.


Professional Associations and Committees:
  • H-OralHist - Network Editor, 2017-present (in rotation)
  • OSU Zoom, Kaltura and Lecture Capture Steering Committee, 2023-present
  • OSULP Digital Preservation Group, 2023-present (chair)