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
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”.

Silva img WORKING HANDS: FRANK SILVA WATERFRONT PHOTOGRAPHS LARC

Frank Silva's photographs of the Oakland waterfront from 1978 through 1988 document a significant period of change from break bulk cargo handling to mechanized containerization and the advent of globalization.

Pasolini Requiem img Barth David Schwartz presents his new edition of "Pasolini Requiem" de Bellis

The Italian Program is sponsoring Barth David Schwartz’s presentation of his new edition of Pasolini Requiem in the Frank V. de Bellis Collection in Library 460, J. Paul Leonard Library, 4th floor on Wednesday, October 18 at 1 pm

Victor Arnautoff img Victor Arnautoff and The Politics of Art LARC

Victor Arnautoff (1896-1979) was a leading artist in San Francisco in the 1930s, whose best known work is the mural "City Life" located at Coit Tower.