Stories of Southern OregonStories of Southern Oregon
Videos, photos and texts of families whose histories recount heritage agriculture, the timber industry, mills, and mining. The project was established through grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities Common Heritage, the Oregon Heritage Commission, the Rogue Valley Winegrowers Association, and the Erath Family Foundation. New!
Chinese Material Culture CollectionChinese Material Culture Collection
Images of archaeologically recovered and comparative specimens of material culture that document the Chinese presence in the American West from the late 19th Century through the early 20th Century. New!
Texts of field work from government agencies and scientists predominate in this IMLS-funded Southern Oregon Digital Archives collection about the Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion (Southern Oregon and Northern California).
Bumblebee CollectionBumblebee Collection (SOU Insect Museum)
Images and collection data for bumblebee specimens (Bombus sp.) collected within the Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion of Southern Oregon and Northern California and other sites in North America.
Butterfly CollectionButterfly Collection (SOU Insect Museum)
Images and collection data for butterfly specimens (Lepidoptera sp.) collected mostly in Oregon's Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument and the surrounding Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion of Southern Oregon and Northern California.
Dean and Mary Collins CollectionDean and Mary Collins Collection
Images of material culture, art and craft objects collected by Dean and Mary Collins from travels in the American Southwest from their larger collection donated to SOU.
First NationsFirst Nations
Ethnographic and government document texts predominate in this IMLS-funded Southern Oregon Digital Archives collection about the indigenous peoples, cultures and languages of Southwest Oregon and Northern California.
Geometry in Our WorldGeometry in our World
Images of symmetry in nature and in human-made objects from what was originally a teaching slide collection by SOU Mathematics Professor Emeritus John Englehart.
Jim Rock Historic Can CollectionJim Rock Historic Can Collection
Images of historic "tin" cans assembled by U.S. Forest Service archaeologist Jim Rock (1942-2010) with documentation for using them to type and date cans in historical archaeology.
Kalmiopsis WildernessKalmiopsis Wilderness
Images of natural areas and their use by people from retired United States Forest Service ranger Rene Casteran’s pictorial book Kalmiopsis Wilderness—: Taking Away Only Memories (2010).
Oregon Shakespeare FestivalOregon Shakespeare Festival
Images of theaters, production stills, sets, and backstage teams for Shakespearean and other plays from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s 1935 origin through 2009 from their Archives (LSTA-funded).
Pear PackingPear Packing - A Season of Women's Work
Images and poetry about Southern Oregon women who provided the seasonal labor for pear packing, from Susan J. Reid’s 1988 SOU graduate thesis of the same title.
Peter Britt PhotographsPeter Britt Photographs
Images of photos by the famous historic Jacksonville (Oregon) photographer and his son Emil, including portraits, landscapes, homes, and socio-cultural life of Southern Oregon spanning the 1880’s-1930’s.
Rogue River National Forest Historic ImagesRogue River National Forest Historic Images
Images selected from the Historical Records Collection of Rogue River National Forest trace 100 years of forestry, landscapes, and recreation since its origins as Crater National Forest in 1908.
Schuman Musical InstrumentsSchuman Musical Instruments
Images of wind, string, and percussion instruments from many countries collected and donated to SOU by Jack and Dorinda Schuman.
Southern Oregon Historical SocietySouthern Oregon Historical Society
Images from the Southern Oregon Historical Society’s Research Library document towns, farms, forests, travel, commerce and family life in the Rogue Valley, since the late 1800’s (LSTA funded).
Southern Oregon History CollectionSouthern Oregon History Collection
Texts including oral histories, booster brochures, correspondence, government documents and maps from Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, and Josephine Counties. (LSTA funded). 
Wine of Southern OregonWine of Southern Oregon
A variety of materials documenting the  Southern Oregon AVA wine industry including photos, interviews, labels, video, historic local wine industry documents, miscellanea. Funded by the Erath Family Foundation and the Rogue Valley Winegrowers Association.
About the Collections

We have two platforms for digital collections. Our original platform is Knowvation (formerly ArchivalWare) and includes the Bioregion, First Nations, Southern Oregon History collections as well as our Institutional Repository with SOU scholarship from faculty and students. These are primarily collections of texts.

Most of our other collections are image collections and are on our ContentDM platform.

Many collections have been created with grant funding from IMLS and LSTA.