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For the Fall 2021 semester, in-person research services are available in Special Collections 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 asksca@csun.edu or submit an inquiry online.
  • Students, faculty, and other researchers can \ 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

Neeli Cherry cat illustration

n 1969 American poets Charles Bukowski and Neeli Cherkovski began producing a literary magazine titled Laugh Literary and Man the Humping Guns. Bukowski and Cherkovski published the mimeographed magazine...

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Two story Spanish influenced red brick elementary school in Los Angeles area, ca. 1930s

The Photographs of Los Angeles Schools and Homes is an artificial collection of thirty-five black and white photographs taken in approximately 1930 in the Los Angeles area. Three or more photographers created the images, and an unknown....

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