Because many of the items in our Special Collections are unique and irreplacable, temperature and humidity control are maintained
by an independent central processing unit. The closed stacks area is kept at a temperature of 67° F and a relative humidity
Closed StacksView looking westward along the south wall, with the Locked Room collection to the left along the wall.
Closed StacksView looking westward along the north wall, with the electronic compact shelving to the left.
Closed StacksA display of Linus Pauling's molecular models, with examples from the 1920s through the 1980s.
Closed StacksAn aisle devoted to Linus Pauling's correspondence: 100,000 items stored in acid-free boxes.
The Wilson Room
The Norman W. and Glenville Starr Wilson Room, located separately from the Special Collections area in The Valley Library,
is the result of a gift of books, art, and furnishings provided by Norman W. Wilson, retired Professor of English at the University.
More information available in The Wilson Room collection.
The Wilson RoomWilson and his late wife, Glenville, spent many years traveling in England and in the Pacific Northwest. During their travels,
they capitalized on their ever-increasing interest in 18th and 19th century British history, collecting antiques, artifacts,
and volumes reminiscent of the period.
The Wilson RoomIn 1993, Wilson asked the Oregon State University Libraries if it might be interested in receiving a portion of his collection
for use by students and scholars who would study the period reflected by his holdings.
The Wilson RoomFollowing conversations with the University Librarian and others on campus, Mr. Wilson decided to provide the collection along
with funds to furnish a room dedicated to its presentation. The Norman W. and Glenville Starr Wilson Room is the result.
The Wilson RoomAn eighteenth-century engraving by W. Bond from a print by George Moreland. Among the more than 70 original prints exhibited
in The Wilson Room, are notable pieces by William Hogarth and Thomas Rowlandson.