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In-person research services will resume in Special Collections after June 15 on a limited basis. We will continue providing remote reference and duplication services:

  • 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

San Fernando Mission

The Campo de Cahuenga Historical Memorial Association Collection contains materials related to Campo de Cahuenga. It includes correspondence documenting the San Fernando Valley Historical Society’s failed efforts to have the park recognized as a national park and monument. Rancho Cahuenga, a former....

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Santa Rosa Catholic Church Virgin of Guadalupe festival, December 12, 1987

The San Fernando Valley has many different kinds of religious institutions that help the communities thrive through volunteer work, fundraising, and festivals. Community members will document different kinds of activities that are put on or are sponsored by religious institutions....

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