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Special Collections and Archives

collection highlightsSpecial Collections and 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 and 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.


Special Hours

Special Collections and Archives will be closed for library instruction sessions at the times listed below:

  • Monday, February 9, 5:00-7:30pm
  • Monday, March 12, 1:30-3:30pm
  • Wednesday, March 16, 6:30-7:30pm


Peek in the Stacks

Cover, Dalziel's illustrated Arabian Nights' Entertainments. PJ7715 .D8 1880z

Scheherazade and the Arabian Nights have enchanted readers for centuries. The history of the book is as fascinating as the stories themselves. Scholars have concluded that the Arabian Nights are a composite of stories written by numerous individuals over several hundred years, likely dating to...

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Flor y Canto del Arte Prehispánico de México.

Mexico has had a tremendously rich cultural history. Pre-Columbian Mexico had a fascinating blend of native cultures. There were many different native groups that inhabited the land throughout those early years. Post-Columbian Mexico was an interesting and exciting time full of discovery for the...

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