Special Collections & Archives

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Research Assistance

The Special Collections & Archives Reading Room is now open to the public Monday - Thursday from 1-5 pm, and by appointment. 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
workers img An Eye Towards Justice: The Photographs of Hansel Mieth and Otto Hagel LARC
Gallery, Library 4th floor 
Open Mon-Thur 1-5pm
Opening Event:
Nov. 1, 4:30-6:30 pm


Coming Out Day img Coming Out Day presentation by Marc Stein Special Collections, LARC
Celebrate National Coming Out Day by joining us for a presentation by Marc Stein: “Queer Transformations at San Francisco State, 1969-1972."
piano Faculty Recital Special Collections, de Bellis

Students of Victoria Neve
Monday April 4th, 1 pm to 2 pm PST, Special Collections and Archives, 4th floor 


Clementi Faculty Recital de Bellis
Victoria Neve Fortepiano works
by Clementi and Beethoven, with Inara Morgenstern 
Mon. Mar. 14th: 1pm - 2pm PST
Fist graphic Labor Archives and Research Center's 36th Anniversary Program LARC

Dr. Buelna will examine Mexican American labor activism in southern California through the life of Ralph Cuarón. 

February 25, 2022, 6-7pm, PST