Special Collections & Archives

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The J. Paul Leonard Library's Special Collections & Archives contain a wealth of primary source material on a wide variety of topics. The collections include manuscripts, organizational records, personal papers, photographs, rare books, periodicals, audio-visual media, artwork, artifacts and ephemera. These collections support academic and personal scholarship on campus, in the wider community, and internationally.  Adjacent to the Reading Room of Special Collections & Archives is the Special Collections Gallery.

The Special Collections & Archives Reading Room and Gallery are open Monday through Friday from 1pm to 5pm and by appointment.



News, Exhibits & Events

Item Collection Description
los siete img Women Out in Front: How the Community Freed Los Siete de la Raza Special Collections, BATV

In May 1969, seven young Latinos from the Mission district were charged with murdering a San Francisco police officer. They became known as Los Siete de la Raza. Hear from the activists who led the fight to free them.

game of thrones img POP-UP EXHIBIT: Winter is Here… de Bellis

See real historic resources reminiscent to the fantasy created in the Game of Thrones before the final season begins.





Dolores Huerta img Film Screening: The Long Ride LARC

The Long Ride is a timely documentary film about the historic 2003 Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride that sparked the birth of the new Civil Rights Movement for immigrant workers in the US.

voices img EVENT: VOICES FROM THE CROWD: SF State Student Strikers share stories University Archives & Historic Collections

Hear student activists’ stories from 50 years ago of the strike that won the nation’s first College of Ethnic Studies at SF State.


dockworker power img Dockworker Power: Race and Activism in South Africa and the Bay Area LARC

Learn about the fight for social justice by workers in the ports of South Africa and the Bay Area.