Special Collections is the principal repository for the UCSC University Archives, preserving non-current records and historical information documenting the campus, its people, its administration and its culture.
Holdings include University publications such as campus directories and general catalogs, the schedule of classes, City on a Hill newspaper, long-range development plans, and gallery exhibit catalogs.
UCSC Masters’ theses and Ph.D. dissertations are made available through Special Collections, as are the papers of some of its most important faculty members and administrators. Notable among these are the papers of Dean McHenry, the first UCSC Chancellor, the papers of scientist and biology professor Kenneth Thimann, the papers of molecular biology professor Harry Noller, the papers of classics and comparative literature professor Norman O. Brown, and the papers, films, and recordings of anthropologist and naturalist Gregory Bateson.
The importance of the campus as a historic and cultural center for the city of Santa Cruz is revealed in the founding papers of Shakespeare Santa Cruz, the professional repertory company formerly in residence at UCSC. The Alan Chadwick Papers and UCSC Farm and Garden photographs document the work of Chadwick as a master gardener, and a leading innovator in the organic farming techniques now inspiring a worldwide movement.
The University Archives is built, one by one, from transfers of records from administrative offices and academic departments, as well as from donations by student groups, alumni and other individuals. Click here for information on the types of materials collected by the Archives and information on how to transfer or donate materials to the Archives.
Image: UC Santa Cruz grounds aerial photograph, oblique view, date unknown (ca. 1963). Maps and Aerial Photographs. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.
Many campus history materials have been digitized and are available online in the UCSC Library Digital Collections.
UCSC Photographs and Maps: This collection includes photographs, maps, and architectural drawings documenting the historical development, culture and social environment of one of the UC system's most beautiful campuses, the University of California, Santa Cruz.
UCSC Publications: This collection includes publications from the early years of the University produced by UC Santa Cruz students, staff members and departments, as well as local press publications such as the Santa Cruz Sentinel that focus on the University.
Image: University of California, Santa Cruz planning: UC Regents tour the site for UC Santa Cruz: Chancellor McHenry, with Gerald Hagar, president of the regents board; Elinor Heller, a regent; John Carl Warnecke, head of the campus architectural team; and Donald McLaughlin, a regent. Gordon R. Sinclair papers, 1957-1979. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.
University Archives is the official repository for selected inactive campus records that have enduring administrative, legal, or research value. The records contained in University Archives document the history, policies, and procedures of the Campus and the decision making process of its administrators. The Archives include the following:
Vital records as determined by the UC and UCSC Disposition Schedules as they are identified and deemed inactive by their Office or Record. Administrative Records include:
Records Documenting UCSC History, Campus Life, and Culture
Theses and Dissertations
For information on finding UCSC theses and dissertations, see our Electronic Theses and Dissertations guide.
Faculty papers are resources of university history in addition to documenting the careers of individuals. The personal and professional papers of faculty affiliated with UCSC are selectively collected and primarily administered as manuscript collections within Special Collections. Please consult with the Head of Special Collections for more information
In most cases University Archives are public documents. The material does not circulate but may be viewed within Special Collections during regular posted open hours.
In general, UCSC University Archives do not acquire records that have permanent restrictions on access; such records are usually retained by their Office of Record. We are in compliance with the California Public Records Act and the Information Practices Art.
Copyright for UCSC administrative records and campus publications are held by the Regents of the University of California, and comply with policies stated in the “University of California Policy on Copyright Ownership.” Copyright for theses, dissertations and some faculty papers are owned by their authors.
In order to preserve records which document the University of California, a University Archivist at each campus has been designated as the official custodian of all University records at that campus adjudged worthy of archiving. The University Archivist serves as a records consultant for all campus offices.
Campus administrative records and the UCSC Disposition Schedule are managed through the Office of the Campus Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor. Contact Diane Lallemand, Principal Analyst, Records & Information Management at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
UCSC adheres to the "policies for administration of University of California Archives" as prepared by the UC Archives Council.
Collection finding aids include a detailed description of the collection and outline its contents
UCSC administrative departments and academic units may transfer material to the Archives when the records are appropriate for permanent retention. For information on the Transfer process please click here.
Records of student organizations are also collected by the Archives. For information on donating records of your organization please click here.
Non-record material documenting the history of Campus’s social and cultural life (such as faculty papers and student memoirs) is also of interest to the University Archives. Please contact the University Archivist regarding donating historically valuable material.