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SJSU Special Collections & Archives

Historical Research Topics and Collections

Location & Hours

One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192-0028
King Library, 5th Floor
Room 560
Monday - Thursday 11-6 PM
Friday 11-5 PM
Saturday 1-5 PM
Please note the Library and the Reading Room will be closed on Tuesday July 4th. 

About Special Collections

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.

If you are seeking descriptions of a course, please e-mail the year, course name, and number to  We will be able to send you a pdf of course bulletin information on request. 


Using SJSU Special Collections and Archives

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

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.  

Tours and Seminars

SJSU Special Collections & Archives offers specialized workshops on archival research methods and analysis using print and digital primary resources, as well as providing students with hands-on experience using rare books, fine press and artist books, and primary sources for undergraduate and graduate students.

To schedule a specialized seminar please contact us at: