Special Collections & Archives

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The J. Paul Leonard Library's Special Collections contains a wealth of primary source material on a wide variety of topics. The collections include manuscripts, organizational records, 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. University Archives and Historic Collections holds materials which document the history of San Francisco State University since its founding.

The Special Collections reading room is open Monday through Friday from 1pm to 5pm and by appointment.

 

 

News, Exhibits & Events

Item Collection Description
Silva img WORKING HANDS: FRANK SILVA WATERFRONT PHOTOGRAPHS LARC

Frank Silva's photography of the Oakland waterfront from 1978 through 1988.

magic img Magic, Dragons, and Unicorns in the J. Paul Leonard Library Special Collections

Magically themed books about dragons, unicorns, mystical beings, and wizards selected from the Historic Collections and the Children’s Book Collections.

ellsworth 65 img Read All About It: A Century of Publishing at San Francisco State Special Collections

Come see a small sampling of publications produced at San Francisco State from 1910 to 2016.

labor img LABOR ARCHIVES AND RESEARCH CENTER ANNUAL PROGRAM LARC

Professor Janiewski will explore the spy networks used by the US government in repeated attempts to deport ILWU leader Harry Bridges as a purported communist from the 1930s to the 1950s.

Blax img Documentary Screening: Blaxploitalian: 100 Years of Blackness in Italian Cinema Special Collections

The activist-producer-director-speaker Fred Kuwornu presents his 2016 documentary "Blaxploitalian: 100 Years of Blackness in Italian Cinema”.