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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, March 12, 1:30-3:30pm
  • Monday, March 16, 6:30-7:30pm


Peek in the Stacks

Book jacket illustration, Native Son by Richard Wright

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, African-American poetry and fiction began to develop in two distinctly different ways. As educational opportunities improved in selected areas of the United States, some black writers sought to emulate the traditional forms and themes of classical white authors. Still others began to...

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Cropped cover, Sex Errors of the Body: Dilemmas, Education, Counseling by John Money (1968). RC882 .M6

The Jan Dailey and John Money Correspondence Collection documents the shifting understanding of sex and gender identity in psychology and psychiatry in the late 20th century. The collection contains letters and articles from 1974 to 1996 that focuses on topics such as gender identity...

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