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Guide to Special Collections & Archives

Our Mission


Cal State LA Special Collections & Archives supports the discovery, learning and engagement goals of

the University by identifying, acquiring, preserving, 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.  


Azalea CamachoMLIS

University Library Archivist

(323) 343-3977

Azalea manages and oversees the Special Collections and Archives unit of the Cal State LA Library. She is involved with donor relations and collection development of manuscript collections, university archives, and rare book and unique collections. She provides Special Collections and Archives class sessions, research assistance, trains student assistants in processing collections, and curates/manages library exhibitions. Her research interests include social movements, LA history, community based collections, and building diversity and inclusion in the archival field/profession. She is into taxidermy, true crime and LA noir. Azalea holds a MLIS with a concentration in Archival Studies from San Jose State University and BS in Communications, Journalism from California Polytechnic University, Pomona. 


Jamie Zeffery, BA

Digitization Project Assistant

(323) 343-3976

As the Digitization Projects Assistant, Jamie manages all digital projects in Special Collections. From overseeing the scanning and long-term preservation of archival collections, to creating high-quality reproductions of requested materials, to holding workshops for the transcription and indexing of born-digital oral histories, she is involved every step of the way. In addition to digital projects, she contributes to the design and installation of exhibits and displays throughout the library. She enjoys color coordination, Art Nouveau, dark humor, and planning elaborate foodie adventures she may or may not ever go on. Jamie holds a BA in art history, a museum studies certificate, and is working on her MLIS at San Jose State University.



Amalia Castañeda, MA

Reference and Public Services Coordinator

(323) 343-3958

Amalia manages the reference desk and public services component of the Special Collections Reading room. She also trains student assistants and volunteers, assists researchers and helps facilitate instruction sessions with the unit's Archivist. She is interested in helping develop primary source information literacy programming for freshman students of color, including high school students of the east and southeast Los Angeles communities. She loves working at a multicultural campus like Cal State LA where she has the opportunity to create culturally relevant library programming and foster diversity in the profession by cultivating promising student assistants. She is passionate about LA history, enjoys reading presidential biographies and is an aspiring chocolate connoisseur. Amalia holds a bachelor’s degree (cum laude) from UCLA, a History MA from Cal State LA, and will complete her MLIS student at UCLA in June 2019.  

Collaborative Projects


Chinese American Oral History Project

Our collaboration with the Cal State LA Asian/Asian American studies program began in the Fall of 2016. When Dr.Juily Phun’s class began recording its oral histories, we worked in the background preparing to collect these stories and preserve them for future generations. As the project has grown, so too has our involvement in it; each class attends a workshop held by Special Collections staff to learn about the transcription and indexing process. By leveraging the power of students perspectives and commitment to the project, we are working together towards the goal of ensuring these stories are accessible to all.

Learn more about the Chinese American Oral History Project.


The Central American Memoria Histórica Archive (CAMHA) 

The Central American Memoria Histórica Archive (CAMHA) at Cal State LA is a multi-year visual ethnic history research project to digitize and archive the visual and material culture of Central American activists, leaders, community groups, artists, and collectives in Los Angeles. The project supports the visual preservation of Central American community history and civic participation in Los Angeles and documents the transnational social, cultural and the political life of Central American communities from the 1950s to the present.

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Los Angeles, CA 90032-8300