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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 asksca@csun.edu or submit an inquiry online.
  • Duplication requests in Special Collections are currently suspended. Interested researchers may continue to submit requests, but we will be unable to fill them for the foreseeable future. 

 

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

Rose Parade Queen, Brenda English, 1963. Charles Williams Collection

Beauty pageants are common throughout the world. Historically, these contests have focused on cisgender women, but there have been exceptions. Judging criteria for pageants is largely based on a combination of intelligence, talent, and poise, yet the core point of comparison is physical attractiveness. Young women participating in beauty pageants often look to the previous year’s winners for images of how...

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Pacoima Farmers' Market banner, 1978-1981

In 1978, Los Angeles Councilmember Bob Ronka founded the Pacoima Revitalization, Inc. (PRI), funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development through the Community Development Department of the City of Los Angeles. PRI's Board of Directors was made up of community members appointed by Councilman Ronka. The primary purpose of the organization was to revitalize the Pacoima, Arleta, and Lakeview Terrace areas...

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