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Chris Petersen

Senior Faculty Research Assistant

Phone: (541) 737-2810
Fax: (541) 737-8674
Primary Duties:
  • Pauling-related outreach and initatives 
  • Oral history 
  • Digital initiatives 
  • Ingest, arrangement and description of paper collections and 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 Community Interviewing Project (2018-2019)


  • Voices of OSU Women (forthcoming 2018)


  • "Fostering Historical Empathy in Unusual Times: A Case Study of the Course 'OSU, Women and Oral History: An Exploration of 150 Years,'" Case Studies on Teaching with Primary Sources, Society of American Archivists E-Pub series (with Tiah Edmunson-Morton, forthcoming 2018)
  • "Transforming Oral History Content for the Web Using XML and XSL," Journal of Digital Media Management (with Ryan Wick, forthcoming 2018)
  • "CH2M Hill," The Oregon Encyclopedia (forthcoming 2018)


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


Selected Publications:
  • 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, (Six volumes, 2006).
  • Petersen, Chris. "Linus Pauling and the Nature of the Chemical Bond: A Documentary History," D-Lib, 11, 1 (January 2005).
  • Petersen, Chris. "Pauling's Molecule," letter to the editor of Chemical and Engineering News, (January 15, 2001): 8.
Selected Presentations:
  • "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 Organizer and 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.
  • "Doing Oral History at OSU: A Tale of Three Time Zones," Library Faculty Association Seminar Series, Oregon State University Libraries, February 15, 2013.
  • Session Chair: "The Scientist as Public Citizen," The Scientist as Educator and Public Citizen: Linus Pauling and His Era, Oregon State University, October 29-30, 2007.
  • "A Stroll Through the Pauling Catalogue," Library Faculty Association Seminar Series, Oregon State University Libraries, December 8, 2006.