Special Collections & Archives

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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 Special Collections & Archives Reading Room and Gallery are open Monday through Friday from 1pm to 5pm and by appointment.



News, Exhibits & Events

Item Collection Description
associated students img Gator Activism: Social Movements & SF State's Associated Students Special Collections, University Archives & Historic Collections

Discover SF State’s Associated Students’ roles in campus and community social movements.


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.

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.