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Special Collections & Archives in the Oviatt Library is the home of CSUN's rare book and periodical collections, as well as its archival and manuscript collections. Archival and manuscript collections can consist of many different kinds of materials, including correspondence, diaries, maps, university records, organizational records, photographs, and audio or video recordings.

In Special Collections & Archives users can perform research, engage in classes using primary sources, or view exhibitions. Our collections are made available to researchers in a supervised reading room. We welcome users, and ask for understanding concerning our special procedures, which are designed to ensure these collections are available in the future.



Peek in the Stacks

Jesse James’ Race for Life or Trailed by the Vigilantes. PS3545.A718 J48 1908

Jesse James is one of the most infamous American outlaws of the nineteenth century Wild West. Beginning in 1866 and based in Missouri, James and his James-Younger Gang robbed and murdered dozens of people in Missouri, Kentucky, Iowa, Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, and West Virginia. After being killed by Robert Ford in 1882, James’s fame grew among the American public. In 1907, The Arthur Westbrook Company...

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Cropped image from Gilbert and Sullivan opera, "The Mikado," advertising a manufacturing company. HF5851.G44

This month's blog post is authored by Sarah Jones, visual resources intern at CSUN. Sarah is a graduate student in the Information Studies department at UCLA, with a focus on archival studies and rare books.

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