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Chris Petersen

Senior Faculty Research Assistant 2

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

Brief CV

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


  • Visions of Linus Pauling, World Scientific Publishing Co. (under contract, 2022)


  • Oregon Digital 2 Development - OSU Services Manager, 2018-present
  • Voices of the Forests, Voices of the Mills (2019-2021)
  • Voices of Oregon Burlesque (2020-2022; with Laurie Kurutz)


  • 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:
Selected Presentations:
  • "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.
  • "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-present