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Special Collections & Archives at UCSC

Remote Services and Activities

The Special Collections and Archives Reading Room is currently closed and in-person services are not available.

We encourage researchers looking for primary sources to visit our guide to Remote Access to Primary Sources and to browse our digital collections as well as online digital repositories such as Calisphere.

All Special Collections staff are working remotely to provide limited services as follows: 

  • Minimal reference services are 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 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.
  • Please submit all questions and requests to

About Special Collections & Archives

Special Collections & Archives preserves, shares, and promotes the Library's unique and most rare holdings for use by UCSC's students, 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.

Our Staff

See UCSC Campus Directory for individual contact information. 

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