We preserve, share, and promote the Library's unique and most rare holdings for use by UCSC's academic community, visiting scholars, and the general public. 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.
Our materials support a variety of research projects and include a broad variety of collections, including local history, book arts, photography, UCSC history, rare books, music, literary archives, history of science, oral histories, artworks and artifacts, and pop culture.
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Special Collections & Archives offers subject-specific instruction sessions that introduce students to manuscripts and archives, early printed books, fine press editions, and artists' books. Sessions aim at exposing students to unique and rare materials in our collections that relate to your course, and every class visit is created in collaboration with the teacher to meet course goals. We are happy to meet with you to discuss how you and your students can make optimal use of these materials within the context of your course and assignments. Please fill out a to request a meeting to discuss how we can collaborate with you on your upcoming class.
Donations may be made to Special Collections & Archives to support ongoing collection development, processing, preservation, and outreach. Please support Special Collections & Archives with your donation. Donate here.
In addition to donations made to Special Collections & Archives as a whole, you can also designate that your donation be applied to the following targeted fundraising opportunities:
We appreciate your ongoing support. Thank you!