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About Special Collections & Archives

Special Collections & Archives Fall 2017 will opearte by appoinment only from

Monday -Friday 9:00am -4:00pm.

To request an appoinment email

For other inquiries contact the University Library Archivist, Azalea Camacho or call 323-343-3977

Special Collections & Archives Contain:

 Rare and/or unique Library materials

 Select Cal State LA Archives

 Distinctive, topical, collections that enhance educational resources

Special Collections & Archives supports the discovery, learning and engagement goals of the University by identifying, acquiring, perserving, and providing access to primary research materials of enduring value in support of the academic mission of the university, the educational and research needs of the Cal State LA academic community, scholars, and the research community at large.  


Core Mission

  • Appraise, collect, preserve, organize, describe and make available to researchers papers of historical, legal, fiscal, and administrative value.
  • Maintain facilities for the retention and preservation of these papers.
  • Provide information services that will assist in the operation of the University.
  • Serve scholarship by encouraging the use of the collections by members of the University and the research community at large.
  • Promote knowledge and understanding of the history, origins, aims, programs, and goals of the University and the history of the surrounding East Los Angeles Community.

The Staff of Special Collections & Archives appraises, arranges, and describes these materials for the purpose of preserving them and making them accessible to both the Cal State LA community and the research community at large.

The department maintains these research materials separately from the library's general stack collections due to their rare and/or unique qualities, physical condition, and format. Materials in Special Collections do not circulate outside the department.


Special Collections & Archives Staff Directory

Azalea Camacho      University Library Archivist         

(323) 343-3977

Jamie Zeffery            Digitization Projects Assistant   

(323) 343-3976                        

Jourdan Pineda         Student Assistant

Stephany Bravo         Student Assistant

Nancy Escalante        Student Assistant

Carlos Carbajal          Student Assistant

Karina Cardenas        Student Assistant

Jocelyn Acosta           Student Assistant

Rosa Mazon                Volunteer


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(323) 343-3960



Special Collections & Archivies

University Library

5151 State University Drive

Los Angeles, CA 90032-8300

Hours & Location

Special Collections & Archives during Fall 2017 will operate only by appoinment due to the renovation of the Special Collections Reading Room.


Upcoming Exhibit Schedule

Building the Future: 70 Years of Development at Cal State LA

August 30, 2017 - October 22, 2017

Undocumented Lives: Archives of Erasure and Emergence

November 6, 2017 - Januaray 31, 2018


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