SJSU Special Collections & Archives acquires, preserves, arranges, describes, and provides access to its rich, diverse holdings of rare and unique books, manuscript collections, institutional records, and other primary sources to support the diverse teaching and research needs of students, faculty, staff, and the larger SJSU community. The Department is the central repository for the history of San José State University and has a large collection of university, faculty, and student publications, administrative records, photographs, and ephemera. Of particular interest are materials of archival value pertaining to California State Politics, Social Activism, Chicano History and Culture, Women’s Studies, LGBTQ Studies, California and U.S. History, and other holdings of local, regional, and national significance.
Special Collections & Archives is dedicated to acquiring books and collections that enhance our department’s strengths as well as increase the diversification of our holdings, in formats as well as subjects, e.g., original correspondence; manuscripts; photographs; financial and legal records; pamphlets; journals; artwork; and artifacts. The Department is also active in digital initiatives and welcomes physical materials that may be digitized, as well as born-digital or electronic records.
Questions about donations of books, collections, or other archival materials may be sent to Craig Simpson, Director, Special Collections & Archives, 808-408-2061, email@example.com.
Each area listed below supports the mission of San José State University, and aligns with the curriculum requirements in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.