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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. I am the editor of The Pauling Blog as well as a book, Visions of Linus Pauling (World Scientific, 2023), that draws upon material originally published on the blog.

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 of Linus Pauling and the Pauling legacy
Works In Progress:



  • HC 407: The Hidden History of Women at OSU (annually with Tiah Edmunson-Morton; 2020 Honors Course of the Year)
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
  • 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:
  • "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.
  • "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.


Professional Associations and Committees:
  • H-OralHist - Network Editor, 2017-present