The Paulson Reading Room, which is the reading room serving users of the Special Collections & University Archives collections, was originally the Upper Division Reading Room of the historic portion of Knight Library. The interior of the room was designed by the Ellis Lawrence architectural firm to feature the carved wood panels Oregon Vistas (east wall and west wall) and the companion piece Release of Youth from Depression Conditions (east wall and west wall). In 2006 the room was named for the Paulson Investment Company which gave a gift of $1,000,000 to support Special Collections & University Archives.
Works of art in this room: Oregon Vistas Triptych (east wall); Oregon Vistas Triptych (west wall); Release of Youth from Depression Conditions (east wall); Release of Youth from Depression Conditions (west wall).
The Paulson Reading Room was designed by the Ellis Lawrence architectural firm with the focal points being the carved wood panels Oregon Vistas on the east and west walls.
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Douglass, Matthew Hale. The University of Oregon Library Building. 1937.
Evans, Lew. "Art Work in New Library Product of Delicate Work by Grads and Professors." Oregon Daily Emerald, May 19, 1937. The article mentions the wood carvings by Arthur Clough and the Gypsy Craftsmen in the Upper Division Reading Room.
Emerson, Kim, "University of Oregon Library and Memorial Quadrangle," National Register of Historic Places Registration Form, August 15, 1989.
"The Library," Ellis Lawrence Building Survey. v.2 (Eugene). Compiled by the Historic Preservation Program, School of Architecture and Allied Arts, University of Oregon ; project directors, Michael Shellenbarger, Kimberly Lakin. [Salem, Or.] : State Historic Preservation Office, .
“Paulson Investment Company, Inc. Gives $1 Million to University of Oregon; Library Special Collections Commemorates Gift by Naming the Paulson Reading Room.” Businesswire. May 23, 2006. Web. http://www.businesswire.com/