The Cal State LA Special Collections & Archives Department serves the educational and research needs of the Cal State LA academic community, scholars, and the research community at large. Researchers interested in visiting Special Collections & Archives Materials to conduct research are encouraged to make an appointment, allowing at least 24 hours advance notice to give staff time to prepare materials for use. Please contact Azalea Camacho, University Library archivist for appointments.
Using Special Collections & Archives
Materials in Special Collections & Archives are available for research needs of students, faculty, and staff of the University, and available to the general public. Special Collections operates as a closed stacks area and material is retrieved for researchers. The opportunity to browse the shelves is not available. Researchers are asked to provide some form of photo identification. Please review the Guidelines for Use of Special Collections before your
Guidelines for Use in Special Collections & Archives
Pencil Only-no ink or pens.
Special Collections and archival materials may only be consulted in the Special Collections reading room. Laptops may be used, but portable copiers and scanners are prohibited.
Handle material with care; be sure to maintain the original order of items within each folder. View items flat in their folders on the table, one folder at a time. Do not remove items from the folders and do not make marks or tracings of any kind on the materials.
All bags and oversized items are to be placed in the designated area. Only paper and pencil needed to take notes are permitted for use while reviewing Special Collections & Archival materials.
Food and/or beverages are prohibited in Special Collections
Use of digital cameras is permitted with approval from the Special Collections Staff. Cameras may not be brought into the department until necessary permission has been obtained. Digital camera use is subject to the material's condition, copyright laws, donor-imposed restrictions, and specific conditions and arrangements for preservation.
Digital photographic reproductions of materials are for personal research or private study only and are not to be reproduced, placed on a website, sold, or used in any other way without prior written permission from Special Collections.
No part of textual material or photographic images may be quoted or used without permission of the copyright owner. Clearance of copyright is always the responsibility of the person wishing to publish the materials, and is not the responsibility of the staff Special Collections & Archives.
Flash may not be used in photographing archives, manuscripts, or special collections materials.
Bound volumes may not be flattened in order to obtain better images and the usual care in handling all archival and special collections materials must be observed.