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Special Collections & Archives

While in-person reference and research services have been suspended:

  • Librarians and archivists in Special Collections & Archives are available to consult with students, faculty, and other researchers interested in using collection materials via email, phone, or zoom. If you are interested in accessing collection materials email us at or submit an inquiry online.
  • Students, faculty, and other researchers can request access to materials in Special Collections and Archives by requesting duplications


Special Collections & Archives 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.

Take a Peek in the Stacks

collection highlights

Unidentified woman in front of forty-eight star American flag, ca. 1912.

Spain established its first permanent settlement in the Philippines in 1565. Spanish colonial control of the Philippines continued until 1898, when the United States took possession of the islands as a territory after winning the Spanish-American War. The Philippine Revolution, a struggle for independence from...

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Tujunga fire dept, 1920s

While much of the western United States is besieged by raging forest fires and the noxious smoke they spew into the atmosphere, fires have long been a staple of life in Los Angeles. Forest fires in past decades were typically smaller, burned less intensely, and were more easily and rapidly....

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