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Special Collections & Archives at UCSC

Welcome to UCSC's Special Collections & Archives

Looking for primary sources?

Remote Access to Primary Sources can help, with plenty of options for finding archives, early printed books, and other primary sources remotely through the UCSC Library.

Remote services during the closure of the Special Collections & Archives Reading Room:

The Special Collections and Archives Reading Room is currently closed until further notice. All Special Collections staff are working remotely and in-person services are closed. All other services will be limited and delayed. 

  • Minimal reference services will be managed remotely by staff. Reference inquiries that require materials investigation will be held in order of when they were received and responded to once the campus is opened
  • Class instruction support continues remotely, whenever possible, using digitized materials. Instructors whose original course goals included introducing students to materials, topics, and study in Special Collections & Archives are invited to be in touch to discuss possibilities.
  • We encourage researchers to browse our digital collections as well as online digital repositories such as Calisphere.
  • Digitization services are not available at this time.
  • Please submit all questions and requests to

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. 

Want to learn more?

Teaching & Learning

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. Please fill out a Teaching Support Request Form to request a meeting to discuss how we can collaborate with you on your upcoming class. 

Our Staff

Please consult the campus directory for email and phone numbers of staff noted below.

Teresa Mora, Head of Special Collections and Archives and Acting University Archivist

Kate Dundon, Supervisory Archivist

Frank Gravier, Reference Librarian

Luisa Haddad, Public Services Coordinator

Rachel Jaffe, Digital Content & Metadata Librarian

Alix Norton, Center for Archival Research and Training (CART) Archivist

Jessica Pigza, Outreach & Exhibits Librarian

Irene Reti, Director, Regional History Project