Special Collections & Archives is comprised of five areas within the Oviatt Library which were independently established between 1973 and 1996. In 1993 the Urban Archives Center, University Archives, and Special Collections areas were combined, and became Special Collections & Archives. The Old China Hands Archives was added in 1996, and the International Guitar Research Archives in 2000. While each group of collections has a unique history, patrons can access all materials in the Special Collections & Archives Reading Room (Oviatt Library, Second Floor, West Wing, room 265.) See also our list of former directors, curators, and archivists.
Materials in all of Special Collections & Archives' five areas have been used in several grant-funded projects on campus. These include a Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Grant Project, a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grant, and others.
Special Collections was established in 1973 to house the Library’s manuscripts, rare books, periodicals, maps, prints, and art. Processed and cataloged collections are open for research.
The International Guitar Research Archives (IGRA) was founded in 1980 by Professor Ronald C. Purcell upon the donation of the Vahdah Olcott-Bickford Collection to California State University, Northridge.
The Old China Hands Archives was established in the fall of 1996 by Professor Robert Gohstand to preserve and publicize the heritage of the many people from other countries who have lived in China.
The University Archives is the repository for the historical papers of California State University, Northridge's administration, Faculty Senate, schools and departments, and student activities on campus.
The Urban Archives was established in 1979 to collect historically significant records of the organizations and citizens who have contributed to the growth of Los Angeles County.