The policy aims to define the scope and contents of the Shaw Historical Library (SHL) collections, and to establish standards to ensure consistency in the material  appraisal, selection, accessioning, and deaccessioning (withdrawal).


I.  Introduction

The Shaw Historical Library is located on the Klamath Falls campus of Oregon Institute of Technology, also known as Oregon Tech (OT), and is a department within the OT Libraries. The SHL collections, and its journal, are owned by the Oregon Tech Foundation, of which the SHL is an affiliate. The Foundation administers an endowment to fund the SHL.

The Library was established as a reading room in 1983 with a donation of historical books, documents and funds from Dorothy and Laurence Shaw of Klamath Falls. Since then, it has grown through donations and purchases of materials in various formats to approximately 3,000 books, 2,000 maps, 700 audio and video materials, and 7,000 photographic prints and negatives. It also includes works of art, manuscripts, and an oral history collection. The Library collection is noncirculating.