Special Collections & Archives

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Research Assistance

The Special Collections & Archives Reading Room is now open by appointment only. Appointments are available Monday-Friday, 1pm-5pm. Please schedule an appointment here.

You are welcome to submit questions or requests via email. Please allow up to five days to respond to your email.

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 faculty of Special Collections also offer instruction.  Utilizing primary source materials, Library faculty can create course-specific assignments and lead customized classes to support primary source literacy.  Faculty can request instruction through our Primary Source Instruction Request form.


News, Exhibits & Events

Item Collection Description
AC Transit Strike img Labor Archives and Research Center 35th Anniversary Program LARC

This Virtual Program is Free and Open to Public.

February 26th | 6:00pm - 7:15pm

rail wrokers img Labor Archives and Research Center Annual Program LARC

Gordon Chang will discuss the Chinese workers who built the Transcontinental Railroad. Musical performance by Francis Wong.

5B: AIDS Ward img 5B: AIDS Ward Film Screening LARC

Inspirational story of the nurses in the first HIV/AIDS ward unit in the United States at San Francisco General Hospital.

Beer Brewers img San Francisco Archives Crawl 2019 Special Collections, LARC

Join San Francisco archival repositories for San Francisco’s third Archives Crawl in celebration of American Archives Month in October.

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.