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
red ribbon img Exhibit: Teaching HIV/AIDS Awareness: SF State’s Pioneering Curriculum Special Collections

Explore how SF State exemplified its social justice mission during the early AIDS crisis with pioneering curriculum, workshops, and peer education developed by the SFSU AIDS Coordinating Committee.

fist img Relevant Education! SF State’s struggle for Ethnic Studies Special Collections
Examine iconic images and texts from the SF State Strike Collection housed in the University Archives.
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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.