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Meet the UO’s History Subject Librarian

Written by April Winz • November 16, 2022

Headshot of Kevin McDowell

The University of Oregon Knight Library’s History subject librarian, Kevin McDowell, is here to help. As a librarian, he meets with students to assist them in their research projects by helping them find resources. These include books and articles for primary and secondary sources and citation management. In addition to this, he supports the teaching and research needs of history professors through collection development. 

He is also currently working with a group to digitize a unique collection of more than 90 albums of Japanese woodblock prints that are held in the Library’s Special Collection and University Archives. 40 of the albums have been digitized and are available through the Oregon Digital database as the Gertrude Bass Warner Collection of Japanese Votive Slips.

To meet with him, you can schedule an appointment here: or email him at

McDowell graduated from the University of Oregon with a BA in History and holds two MA degrees. One in Japanese History from the University of British Columbia, and the other in Information and Library Science from the University of Arizona. He started working at the Knight library as the Japanese Studies Librarian in 2012, later becoming the subject specialist for History in 2019.

April Winz is a communications specialist for the History Department at the University of Oregon.