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Guide to Special Collections & Archives  

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About Special Collections & Archives

Special Collections & Archives Contain:

 Rare and/or unique Library materials

 Select Cal State LA Archives

 Distinctive, topical, collections that enhance educational resources

The mission of Special Collections & Archives, California State University, Los Angeles is to support 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                        

Lorenzo Rams                  Student Assistant

Amalia Castaneda            Student Assistant

Allina Nunley                    Student Assistant

M. Thomas Castor            Student Assistant

Christina Cartney              Student Assistant

Virgina Castaneda             Volunteer

Nell Gram                          Volunteer


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Reception Desk Phone

(323) 343-3960

University Library Archivist Email


Special Collections & Archivies

Univeristy Library

5151 State University Drive

Los Angeles, CA 90032-8300

Hours & Location

Monday - Friday            

9:00 am  -  4:00 pm

Saturday - Sunday         


Reading Room is located on the 2nd floor, Library Palmer wing, room 2079.



Exhibits are on display in the Special Collections Reading Room and on the 1st floor Library North throughout the year.

Please stop by the Special Collections Reading Room to see our rotating displays.

View Past Exhibits


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