SJSU Special Collections & Archives exist to acquire, preserve, arrange, describe, and make accessible its rich holdings of secondary and primary materials to support the diverse teaching and research needs of undergraduates, graduates, faculty, staff, and the larger community. These collections document local, regional, and California history, with a specific focus on history, politics, literature, and art. In addition, the Department is responsible for documenting the history of the University, and has a large collection of university and faculty publications, administrative records, photographs, and ephemera.
SJSU Special Collections items are non-circulating, and use of fragile or archival materials will be permitted in the Special Collections Reading Room during open hours only. As a service to SJSU alumni, the Department provides photocopies of course descriptions and schedules for a fee, upon request, deliverable by U.S. mail.
Before coming to the Reading Room, maximize your time with these strategies:
1. Consult the Library Catalog and the Online Archive of California to identify relevant materials.
2. If you need research advice, call the Reading Room at 408.808.2062 or e-mail email@example.com.
3. Check the hours the Reading Room is open.
When you arrive, we'll ask you to leave all food and drink outside the Reading Room, place belongings in the storage area, and to register with us.
Special Collections is celebrating National Archives Month in October with two events:
Thursday October 6th from 4-6 p.m. in the Reading Room we will be hosting our first "Thesis Topic Speed Dating" event to see if we can unite underresearched primary sources with researchers looking for original material. This event is ideal for graduate students and upper division undergraduates who want to get up close and personal with manuscripts, photographs, ephemera, and artists books. Don't be shy, come by Special Collections to see if the perfect thesis topic awaits you on the 5th floor.
Saturday October 22nd 1-5 We are collaborating with the California Room and the Sourisseau Academy to be a host site for the Santa Clara Valley Archives Crawl. Come pick up the map of the 11 participating sites and head out to see how many archives you can visit in one day! We will be displaying historic items from the University's past, including handwritten records, letters, and photos.
Search Calisphere for primary sources.