Add your thesis to the electronic archive


Help build the digital thesis tower! As an alum you’ll be able to access your theses online anytime, anywhere. But you have to upload it first!

  • As soon as you’ve completed your first thesis check and are ready for printing, you can upload your thesis to the archive.
  • Save final version of your thesis as a PDF.
  • Visit the electronic theses website and click on the submission button to start the process.

Participation is voluntary and you have control over who can access your thesis. Consult with your advisor about your interest in submitting to the electronic archive, especially if your thesis contains ongoing research.

Please direct any questions

Photo Credit:A Reed College Library grotesque in laurels. Photo courtesy of Special Collections and Archives, design by Jason Parker.

Reed Student Publications

April 6 – June 1, 2018
Flat cases and wall case by the Reference Desk

In many ways, the types of publications Reed students choose to produce are indicative of much larger social trends at the college and beyond. The newest exhibit from the Archives and Special Collections, “Student Publications at Reed” takes a look at the ways students have used pamphlets, comic books, journals, fliers and more as a media by which to process their world. Take a look through a few, and you might just get a glimpse of Reed of yesteryear…

An Identity Crises: Images of Dissent at Reed, 1966-1972

Like any institution, Reed College has always been shaped by the individuals who care about it most. Founded out of Progressive Era ideals, Reed’s early years were fueled by a desire to reject the status quo of other institutions. This Reedie way of life, however, was not always interpreted in the same way. In the 1960s Reed was beginning to undergo an ideological schism between the Old Guard, Reed’s established faculty and administrators, and the Young Turks, the younger, often un-tenured faculty. This exhibit and corresponding website uses items from the college archives to give an overview of Reed’s identity crisis and the global issues which pitted the young thinkers against the status quo.

The exhibit runs from December 8th 2017- February 1st, 2018. Curated by Emily Jane Clark, Social Justice Exhibits and Research Intern.

See the online exhibit here (

Small Gems: Small Books from Reed’s Collection

August 2 – November 1, 2017
Library flat cases

Often good things come in small packages, and the many small books in the library’s special collections testify to the great variety and beauty possible in tiny books. From a facsimile of a 1320’s Book of Hours (at 10cm high) to a foldout artist’s book showing the audio waveforms of ‘noisy words’ (at 43mm tall), these books both inform and entertain.

Great Ideas: The Inventivity of Books

April 4 – June 23, 2017
Flat cases and wall case by the Reference Desk

Surprisingly, the book format has long experienced creative developments. Though outliers to the normal codex format, the items shown in this exhibit confirm that bookmakers are ingenious in their invention. From the physical—like The Invisible Book made out of clear tape–to the shaped, such as Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror, and from the food box of Eat and Die to the Viewmaster of Mushrooms in Their Natural Habitats, there will be something to impress and surprise the viewer.

Reed College Book Collecting Contest



$1000 – top prize
$500 – second prize
$250 — third prize

Reception in April with refreshments for winners and participants!
Exhibition of winners’ books.
Open to all full-time Reed students.
Winner may participate in The National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest.

**DEADLINE**: March 21, 2017, 5pm.

Download the Book Collecting Contest Application

Unleash your bibliophilic passions, write an essay about your favorite books, enter this contest not only for the pleasure of working with your own collection and the serious monetary awards for the three prizes but an opportunity to enter the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest held annually at the Library of Congress.
Details at:

Co-sponsored by Reed College and the Himes & Duniway Society, a Portland book collecting group.
For on-campus questions contact Gay Walker, Special Collections Librarian, L014, at 7782 or

To Apply

Download the Book Collecting Contest Application

The Application Form on this page or by emailing Gay Walker at Please submit your application by one of the following methods:

  1. Email: Submit your application package to: with the subject line Entry: Book Collecting Contest 2015, or
  2. In Person: Print and fill out the Book Collecting Contest pdf form and bring it with your application package to L014, special collections & archives, Gay Walker.

The Library at Paideia


Illuminated manuscripts and early printed books, antiquarian maps and Simeon Reed’s dinnerware. Come see treasures from behind locked doors and between the most rare and intriguing covers. Calligraphy and scrounger trading cards, fore-edge paintings and the Beat Poets. View highlights from the library’s special collections!

Meet in the archives, L014 on lower level 2 (under the IMC).
Tuesday, Jan. 17th (canceled due to weather)

Thursday, Jan. 19th


What is an artist’s book? See the amazing variety of artists’ books in the library’s special collections. We will look at a wide range of book creations made by artists, and some by Reed students, from the 1960s to the present. Presented in the Pierce Room behind the locked door on lower level one.

Meet in library lobby.
Wednesday, Jan. 18th

(Gay, Linda, Laura)

Description: Have you ever wondered where all those locked doors go in the library? Why there are grotesques but not gargoyles? What are those strange collections up the spiral staircase in the Pollock Room? Let us take you on a tour of discovery. You can amaze your friends with your esoteric knowledge and learn more about your library home-away-from-home.

Meet in library lobby.

Tuesday, Jan. 17th (canceled due to weather)

Wednesday, Jan. 18th



Beth Platte (Instructional Technology) and Angie Beiriger (Digital Assets Librarian)

This course will introduce participants to the theory and methodology of Digital Humanities. The class will address the question of what data in the humanities looks like for a variety of research projects, considering, for instance, what’s appropriate for a semester paper, versus a thesis or a longer professional research project. We’ll look at a variety of Digital Humanities projects as examples, and, given time, we’ll explore a few simple tools.

Wednesday, January 18 at 9:00am to 10:30am. ETC 205


Using Open Tools to Remix Images and More
(David, Angie, Amy, Laura, Jim)

The Internet is full of images, audio, or video just waiting for your tweaks and personality. Learn how to find existing open resources and re-mix them without worrying about copyright. This session will demo resources for finding open images, audio, video, and the software you will need to edit them. There will be time for hands-on participation as we re-use, re-make, and re-define digital objects.

Library L17
Wednesday, Jan. 18


Project Pericles – Debating for Democracy Letter Writing Competition
(Joe, Sonia Sabnis, Meredith Dickinson and Carla Mann)

Still in progress; guiding students on how to research issues they might want to write to a legislator about

Eliot 116
Thursday, Jan 19



Description: Lloyd Reynolds was the “Father of Calligraphy” at Reed College and literally brought calligraphy to the Pacific Northwest. Self-taught in the 1930s, his calligraphy classes were wildly popular and his impact long-lasting and now alive and well in the weekly Scriptorium on campus. Come see his library, papers, artwork, and evidence of his impact on campus.

Meet in the Library Lobby
Thursday, Jan. 19th



Beth Platte (Instructional Technology) and Angie Beiriger (Digital Assets Librarian)

This course covers the various kinds of textual, literary, and linguistic analysis that are possible using digital methods. We will look at Digital Humanities projects to understand the sorts of research questions that computer-assisted text analysis can help to answer. This hands-on course will also introduce basic text encoding using the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) schema and present various ways of digitizing texts.

Thursday, January 19 at 3:00pm to 4:30pm ETC 205

Illustrated Books: Interior Pictures – Exterior Views

December 1, 2016 to February 22, 2017
Flat and wall cases in the library

A selection of illustrated volumes from the library’s special collections is on display ranging from the early Book of Kells through contemporary artists’ books and from hand-colored pochoir to comics. Come see the beauty of book illustrations and enjoy their many forms from the Reed collections.