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
- Materials you would like pulled for your research appointment. Include:
- Book title and Call number
- Collection title and number with Box numbers or Flat File Folder Numbers.
- Your research topic (optional, we will use this information to help identify any other possible materials you may be interested in)
- 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
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.
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