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Special Collections & Archives at UCSC

Welcome to UCSC's Special Collections & Archives

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. As of March 17th, 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.
  • 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


Support Our Work


Juan Pablo (J.P.) Perez, 2007. Photo by Gerry Mcintyre.

Please support Special Collections & Archives in ongoing collection development, processing, preservation, and outreach. Donate here or by mail (make checks out to UCSC Foundation and mail to: Special Collections & Archives, UC Santa Cruz, McHenry Library, 1156 High St., Santa Cruz, CA 95064).

You may designate that your donation be applied to the following targeted fundraising opportunities:

  • Support photography collections by donating in memory of Karen Sinsheimer
  • Support the continuing work of processing and promoting our Grateful Dead Archive at the Grateful Dead Archive's donation page

We appreciate your ongoing support. Thank you!