Materials in Special Collections & Archives are available for the research needs of students, faculty, and staff of the University, and are open to the general public.
Collections and materials requests should be made at least a week in advance. To schedule an appointment, please fill out the Research Appointment Application.
Note: After submitting your request, please allow 1-2 business days for confirmation. Not all requests are guaranteed. Research visit confirmation is subject to status of collection/s and staff or reading room availability.
Special Collections operates as a closed stacks area. All materials are retrieved for researchers by staff.
Walk-ins are welcome for theses, course catalogs, yearbooks and rare books. However, we encourage you to make an appointment as request confirmations are subject to staff availability.
Parking Lot 5 and the first level of Structure C are in closest proximity to the University Library. View the Interactive Campus Map.
Please keep in mind that Tuesdays and Thursdays are extremely busy and parking can be especially challenging between 8am and 12pm. For your convenience, please consider scheduling research appointments after 12:30 pm during the academic year.
Daily Permit Rates
1 hour (Lot 4A located by Administration and Student Union only ) - $2
4 hours - $4
All Day - $8
2-Wheel - $2
Ask Questions! Special Collections & Archives staff members are here to help!
Need help getting started? New to research and have not identified sources for your project? For in-depth research help, schedule a Research Consultation for one-on-one or small group assistance with a Special Collections Specialist.
To schedule a consultation, please fill out the Research Consultation Form.
To browse Cal State LA collections and archival materials, get started with these search tools:
One Search contains the Rare books an Journals housed in Special Collections & Archives. Click on Advanced Search, type in your Subject/Keyword and click on search. On the left hand select the location Filter Special Collections.
Online Archive of California (OAC) provides free public access to detailed descriptions of primary resource collections maintained by more than 200 contributing institutions including libraries, special collections, archives, historical societies, and museums throughout California.
Dspace is an open source digital repository, preserves and provides access to digital collections created by the CSULA community. Three ways to search: type your subject/keyword in search box (top right hand corner), by subject, by date, or you can browse through collections on the main page by clicking on collection title.
Finding Aids provide a detailed description of archival collections. The most commonly used collection guide is a Finding Aid; indexes and inventories are less common. Collection guides provide researchers with biographical/historical information and provide container lists of materials within the collection.
Finding Aids are available for collections that are highlighted in blue. Click on the link in the list below:
Alatorre (Richard) Public Official Papers
California Arts Commission Collection of Orchestral Scores
Debs (Ernest E.) Public Official Papers
Dixon (Julian C.) Public Official Papers
Dymally (Mervyn M.) Public Official Papers
Harris, Roy and Johana Collection of Musical Scores & Personal Papers
Holland (John C.) Public Official Papers
Kenton (Stan) Collection of Musical Scores & Papers
Nava (Julian) Public Official Papers
Political Newspaper Comic Collection
Wambaugh (Joseph) Collections of Manuscripts