Reference services

Special Collections and Archives welcomes the use of its collections.

Some collections are searchable through the Online Archive of California and the library catalog OneSearch. For collections that are not yet on the Online Archive of California, researchers can contact Special Collections staff to request more information.

Requesting a research appointment

Learn more about visiting the archives, scheduling an appointment, and parking.

Learn more about class instructional sessions with the archives.

For your research visit

Plan for your visit by reviewing our Reading Room Guidelines. You might also want to read about copyright guidelines in advance of your visit.

Remote Researchers

Special Collections and Archives staff can provide access and expertise on the holdings we steward. We will respond to reference inquiries to the best of our ability and resources. In most cases, we can provide thirty minutes of research assistance. 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 reproductions or set up an appointment to meet with archives staff on Zoom.

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