Reference services

Special Collections and Archives welcomes the use of its collections. You can confirm our hours for the quarter here.

Some collections are searchable through the Online Archive of California. For collections that are not yet on the Online Archive of California, researchers can request information from Special Collections staff. Staff may also be able to refer researchers to collections and resources at other institutions and/or elsewhere on campus.

Requesting a research appointment

Researchers must call or email in advance of your visit to indicate the materials you would like to research and to make an appointment, which will enable Special Collections and Archives staff to prepare for the appointment and make the best use your time. When you contact us, please include:

  • Your name, email, and phone number
  • Your research topic
  • Materials you would like pulled for your research appointment
  • Preferred day and time of visit

Please note: Some collections are stored off-site, and require at minimum a notice of one business day before the materials can be made available. Advance notice is also required for class or group visits or instructional sessions.

For your research visit

Plan for your visit by reading this page. You might also want to read about copyright guidelines in advance of your visit.

Remote Researchers

The Special Collections and Archives Department is staffed to provide access and expertise on its holdings. The staff will respond to specific reference inquiries to the best of its ability and resources. In most cases, thirty minutes of assistance can be provided. In the event that more time is needed, local freelance researchers may be able to assist you. Those who are unable to visit the department can order duplications.

Reference inquiries are accepted by e-mail and phone. Contact us for more information.

Email: ude.yloplacnull@sevihcra

Voice: 805.756.2305

Reproduction and Permission Requests

Learn more about ordering reproductions or requesting permission to publish materials from the collections here.

See all department policies related to researcher access
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