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
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.

game of thrones img POP-UP EXHIBIT: Winter is Here… de Bellis

See real historic resources reminiscent to the fantasy created in the Game of Thrones before the final season begins.





Dolores Huerta img Film Screening: The Long Ride LARC

The Long Ride is a timely documentary film about the historic 2003 Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride that sparked the birth of the new Civil Rights Movement for immigrant workers in the US.

voices img EVENT: VOICES FROM THE CROWD: SF State Student Strikers share stories University Archives & Historic Collections

Hear student activists’ stories from 50 years ago of the strike that won the nation’s first College of Ethnic Studies at SF State.


dockworker power img Dockworker Power: Race and Activism in South Africa and the Bay Area LARC

Learn about the fight for social justice by workers in the ports of South Africa and the Bay Area.