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Special Collections & Archives

About Special Collections & Archives

Everyone is welcome to research and explore our distinctive collections. 

We are here to preserve, share, and promote the Library's unique primary sources for the use of UCSC's academic community as well as the general public.

Our collections include the University Archives, photographs, maps, rare books, and the archives of many individuals and organizations. These materials support a variety of research projects in the arts, humanities, and history of science.

We support the University's academic program and its instructional and research interests, document the cultural heritage of the Santa Cruz region, and maintain the historical record of UCSC.

Digital Collections

Remote Services & Activities

Although the Library is currently closed and in-person services are not available, Special Collections & Archives staff continue to provide the following support for research, learning, and teaching: 

  • Guide to Remote Access to Primary Sources, UCSC Digital Collections, and Calisphere all provide remote access to research materials.
  • Limited reference services are available; reference inquiries that require materials investigation will be held in order of when they were received and responded to once McHenry Library reopens.
  • Class instruction support continues remotely for instructors whose course goals include introducing students to materials, topics, and study in Special Collections & Archives. Please complete a Teaching Support Request Form to ask about how we can help.
  • Digitization services are not available at this time.