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Special Collections & Archives

Special Collections & 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 & 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

Windup E.T. the Extraterrestrial toy

The year was 1983. Ronald Reagan was president of the United States. The federal minimum wage was $3.35. George Lucas introduced the world to Wicket W. Warrick in Return of the Jedi. The world welcomed the birth of the computer mouse, and lamented the end of M.A.S.H, a television series that lasted 3-1/2 times longer that the war that was its backdrop. All the while Cal State ...

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Campus of San Fernando Valley State

Special Collections and Archives holds several collections and publications that tell the story of the founding of California State University, Northridge. The saga has been documented by emeritus history professor John Broesamle in his 1993 history of the university, Suddenly a Giant, through photographs in the University Archives Photograph Collection, and in the Judge Julian Beck and Homer A. Halverson ...

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