Documents related to OSU building and place name evaluation process

Guide to historical sources regarding buildings and place names

The OSU Special Collections & Archives Research Center (SCARC) is home to the university‚Äôs unique collections of manuscripts, archives, photographs, digital records and books. Included within SCARC collections is documentation of the campus buildings as well as biographical information regarding building namesakes. The OSU Buildings History - SCARC Archival Resources Guide is a compilation of the known records within SCARC's collections pertaining to four campus buildings: Arnold Dining Hall, Avery Lodge, Benton Hall and Gill Coliseum.

University messages regarding the building and place names

Building news nationwide

It is important to situate this work within a larger national context. Colleges and universities throughout the country are being asked to confront and reconcile their connections to exclusionary parts of history. Oregon State joins the University of Michigan, Yale University, University of Virginia, the University of Oregon and many other institutions in this important endeavor. We embrace this task as we seek to create a community animated by accountability, integrity and respect. Below are a number of articles pertaining to the conversations occuring across the country.


Brown University

George Mason University

Princeton University

University of Oregon

U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Westfield State University

Yale University