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Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room is closed to the public until further notice.

We will continue to respond to reference questions remotely via our department email:

We will continue to provide digitization requests via our Reproductions and Permissions portal:

We will continue to accept Notice of Interest Inquiries about unprocessed collection requests via the Notice of Interest in Unprocessed Collections form found in catalog records.

For UO faculty and students, we will be ramping up limited digitization of selected documents in our collections that you plan to use for your spring term courses. For more details, please write

For UO students and faculty, we will ramping up our research assistance services by increasing the time to one hour for each reference inquiry. For more details, please write and see also:

Research Fellowships

Special Collections and University Archives is pleased to offer three research fellowships. These short-term research fellowships are open to undergraduates, master’s and doctoral students, postdoctoral scholars, college and university faculty at every rank, and independent scholars.

Tee A. Corinne Memorial Travel Fellowship (applications due April 30, 2020). The Tee A. Corinne Memorial Travel Fellowship encourages research within the Oregon lesbian intentional communities collections. $3,000 will be awarded to conduct research within these collections.

James Laughton Ken Kesey Fellowship (applications due April 30, 2020). The intention of the James Laughton Kesey Fellowship is to encourage research within the Ken Kesey Papers. The UO Libraries’ Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) houses the Ken Kesey Papers. $3,000 will be awarded to conduct research on the collection.

James Ingebretsen Memorial Travel Fellowship (applications due April 30, 2020). The James Ingebretsen Memorial Travel Fellowship encourages research within the conservative and libertarian manuscript collections at the University of Oregon Libraries. Two awards of $5,000 each will be awarded to conduct research within these collections.

Questions?  Contact Linda Long at

Black History Month Presentation by Dr. Lissa D. Stapleton

RESCHEDULED – FEBRUARY 28TH (details below)

Join us for an upcoming guest presentation:

Underground Tunnels Revealed: Unearthing the History of Black Deaf Education

by Dr. Lissa D. Stapleton

Knight Library, Browsing Room,
Friday, February 28th, 9am-10:30am

Black History Month is usually a time to explore, remember and celebrate the journey and lives of Black Americans. However, during this month, only certain Black Americans and stories are highlighted. This presentation will explore untold stories of Black history – Black Deaf Americans. The Deaf experience is often mistaken as a White experience and the Black experience is often only understood as a hearing experience. However, both are untrue. This interactive presentation will challenge the historical invisibility of Black Deaf communities with a specific focus on education. There is a past of racism and audism particularly within Black Deaf educational systems. However, there has been a complicated relationship of oppression, resistance, and collaboration among Black hearing and Deaf people. The research that guides this presentation looks at the historical relationship between Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and Black Deaf education in the 1860s-1930s. Dr. Stapleton will focus on two HBCU institutions, Southern University A & M in Louisiana and Hampton University in Virginia. Black Deaf educational challenges have yet to be resolved. However, to understand current educational experiences, it is important to consider the historical happenings in which the present is based and what can learn from the past.

Portrait of Dr. Lissa D. StapletonDr. Lissa D. Stapleton is an assistant professor at California State University Northridge in the Department of Deaf Studies and core faculty for the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program. Her research focuses on equity and access, identity development, and the educational history of Deaf students, faculty, and staff with a particular interest in the intersections of race, gender, and disability. Her desire to support Deaf college students of color, led Stapleton to pursue her doctorate at Iowa State University. She graduated in 2014 with her PhD in education with an emphasis in higher education and social justice and a minor in women’s studies. She won the 2015 Melvene D. Hardee NASPA Dissertation of the Year award, and is a 2018 Ford Postdoctoral Fellow and Penn Center for Minority Serving Institution Elevate Fellow. Previously, Stapleton worked in student affairs at various institutions and with Semester at Sea. She is involved with the Association for the Study of Higher Education and the National Black Deaf Advocates. She earned her MSE in college student personnel from the University of Dayton and BS in social work from Wright State University. Stapleton was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, is a proud first generation college student, and loves dancing and having a good meal with lots of laughter with friends and family.

Sponsored by the UO Libraries, the Disability Studies Minor and the ASL Program.

Renovation Update

With the installation of new furniture last week, the Paulson Reading Room has a new look. Putting the finishing touches on renovations completed over the summer, the reading room now features new carpet, a new reference desk, new research tables, and an improved computer access point for researchers. The updates to the reading room create more space for researchers by removing the partition and relocating the reference desk out of the center of the room. Three computers allow researchers easy access to requesting materials, or browsing digital collections. The new design retains the exhibit space on the east side of the reading room. Stop by and take a look at the new space.

Paulson Reading Room
Paulson Reading Room