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Chris Petersen

Senior Faculty Research Assistant 2

Phone: (541) 737-2810
Fax: (541) 737-8674
Primary Duties:
  • Pauling-Related Outreach and Initiatives 
  • Oral History 
  • Digital Projects
  • Electronic Records
  • Remote Reference
  • Resident Scholar Program
  • Student Hiring and Supervision

Brief CV

B.S. History. Oregon State University. 1999. B.S. Sociology. Oregon State University. 1999.
Works In Progress:


  • The Oregon State University Libraries and Press Community Interviewing Project (2018-2019)


  • "The Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers at Oregon State University: A Short History," Archivoz (forthcoming 2019)


  • "Weaving Narratives: Using Oral History to Explore Familial Dynamics in Contemporary Cambodian Communities." (Undergraduate honors thesis, 2018-2021)
Outstanding Faculty Research Assistant, 2 016, Oregon State University


Selected Publications:
  • Petersen, Chris and Ryan Wick. "Transforming Oral History Content for the Web Using XML and XSL," Journal of Digital Media Management, 7, 1: 76-95 (Fall 2018).
  • Petersen, Chris and Tiah Edmunson-Morton. "Fostering Historical Empathy in Unusual Times: A Case Study of the Course 'OSU, Women and Oral History: An Exploration of 150 Years,'"┬áCase 3. Case Studies on Teaching with Primary Sources. Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2018.
  • Petersen, Chris. "CH2M Hill," The Oregon Encyclopedia, published July 2019.
  • Petersen, Chris. "Reser's Fine Foods," The Oregon Encyclopedia, published May 2018.
  • Petersen, Chris and Cliff 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:
  • "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.
  • "Boswellizing OSU: On the Attempt to Create an Oral History of a Large Place," Library Faculty Association Seminar Series, Oregon State University Libraries, June 9, 2017.
  • Session Chair: "Voices of the Northwest: Novel Approaches to Oral History Across the Region," joint meeting of the Northwest Archivists and the Conference of Intermountain Archivists, Boise, Idaho, May 19, 2017
  • "Creating a System for the Online Delivery of Oral History Content," Online Northwest, Portland State University, March 31, 2017.
  • "Honors College Students in the OSU Libraries Special Collections and Archives: A Long History of Experiential Learning," Honors Education at Research Universities Conference, Oregon State University, May 18, 2015.
  • "The Science of Nutrition: The Pauling Legacy and Current Research," Science Pub Corvallis, May 13, 2013.


Professional Associations and Committees:
  • H-OralHist - Network Editor, 2017-18
  • Northwest Archivists - Program Committee, 2016-17
University Service:
  • Special Collections and Archives Research Center - Digital Projects Workgroup
  • Special Collections and Archives Research Center - Resident Scholar Program administrator
  • Special Collections and Archives Research Center - Student Coordinator
  • Special Collections and Archives Research Center - Remote Reference Coordinator