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Special Collections & Archives at UCSC

Welcome to UCSC's Special Collections & Archives

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 in Special Collections & Archives

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

Special Collections & Archives Staff

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

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

Mary deVries, Project Archivist

Kate Dundon, Supervisory Archivist

Luisa Haddad, Public Services Coordinator

Hisako Nakazawa, Conservator

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

Jessica Pigza, Outreach & Exhibits Librarian

Irene Reti, Director, Regional History Project

Debra Roussopoulos, Archives Processor

Support the Work of Special Collections & Archives

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.

Juan Pablo (J.P.) Perez, 2007. Photo by Gerry Mcintyre.Prefer to donate by mail? Please make checks out to UCSC Foundation and mail to: Special Collections & Archives, UC Santa Cruz, McHenry Library, 1156 High St., Santa Cruz, CA 95064.

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:

  • make your donation in memory of Karen Sinsheimer, much beloved by library staff, to directly support our photography collections
  • 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!