Digital Scholarship Center

The Digital Scholarship Center is responsible for the digitization, preservation and access to digital collections in the Library, including items from Library Special Collections and SF State Masters Theses and Dissertations.

About the Digital Scholarship Center

After the completion of the Library Building Project in 2012, the electronic course reserves component of the Reserve Book Room separated from traditional course reserves and became the Digital Scholarship Center (DSC). Shortly after opening, the DSC, while still maintaining electronic course reserves until 2018, began managing SF State's institutional repository (ScholarWorks) and the digital asset management system (CONTENTdm). 

Work began on populating the IR with the backlog of close to 2,000 theses and dissertations placed in storage during the library closure (2008-2012). Since then, over 4,000 items have been housed in ScholarWorks, many of them electronic theses and dissertations that were individually scanned and optimized by DSC staff. In addition to electronic theses and dissertations, the DSC also began creating digital surrogates of primary sources from the Library’s Special Collections & Archives, housing and displaying many rare books, student strike ephemera, and photographs in CONTENTdm. 

The DSC moved to LIB 360 in early 2020. With the new space's much larger footprint, we are able to find more creative and more permanent solutions for our equipment. The space also expands capacity for training sessions revolving around digital scholarship and open knowledge.


Matthew Martin, Digital Collections Specialist, (415) 405-0994

Frank V. de Bellis Collection

The Frank V. de Bellis Collection is a library-museum of Italian authors and subjects representing the civilization of ancient to modern Italy, particularly in the areas of history, literature, the fine and applied graphic arts, and music.


Labor Archives and Research Center

The Labor Archives and Research Center preserves the rich, lively labor history of the San Francisco Bay Area. The Center collects union records, personal papers, scrapbooks, photographs, posters, oral histories, film, video, and artifacts documenting local working people and labor organizations. Founded in 1985 by trade union leaders, historians, and university administrators, the Labor Archives is a unit of the J. Paul Leonard Library at San Francisco State University.


Special Collection and Rare Books

The Special Collections for the J. Paul Leonard Library contain a variety of materials deemed by subject selectors to need special housing, which support University curriculum, including rare books and manuscripts, collections of artist books and small press books that spotlight local poets as well as the Marguerite Archer Collection of Historic Children’s Materials.


The 1968-1969 San Francisco State College Strike Collection

University Archives

The University Archives serves as the collective memory of San Francisco State University containing unique and original source material of our University's colorful history.