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What is an archive?

Archives are the documentary by-product of human activity retained for their lon-term value.

An archive collects, preserves and provides access to historical materials.

What is in an Archive?

Images: photographs, negatives, slides
Documents: yearbooks, correspondence, reports, maps, drawings
Material Culture: pennants, hats, artists' brushes
Born Digital Documents: email, pdfs, text documents
Audio/Visual Recordings: oral histories, event recordings

In the Willamette Archives: University Records

The University Records contain publications, images, administrative records, research materials, and scrapbooks dating from Willamette’s beginnings. Also available are materials relating to Freshman Glee, one of Willamette’s longest running – and most beloved – traditions.

In the Willamette Archives: Political Papers

The Political Papers collections include papers, photographs, memorabilia and audiovisual materials of elected individuals representing Oregon at the state and national level with topics of local and regional interest such as: conservation and environmental issues; women’s rights; and trade issues.

In the Willamette Archives: Pacific Northwest Artists Archive

The Pacific Northwest Artists Archive (PNAA) is a collaborative project of the Willamette University Archives and the Hallie Ford Museum of Art. It is a collection of materials related to the careers of artists who are or were active in Oregon and Washington for the major portion of their careers.

In the Willamette Archives: Personal Papers

The Personal Papers collections are manuscript collections, diaries, and the correspondence with a focus on individuals involved in regional missionary work, settling Salem, and developing Willamette University.

Archives Hours and Location

Archives & Special Collections
Mark O. Hatfield Library
2nd Floor

Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm

Walk-in Hours
Mondays: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. 
Tuesdays: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
Wednesdays: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
Thursdays: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. 


University Archivist

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Susan Irwin

Processing Archivist

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Abigail Chavez
(503) 370-6147

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Mark O. Hatfield Library
900 State Street.
Salem Oregon 97301
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511 NW Broadway.
Portland Oregon 97209