University Archives & Special Collections

 UA&SC will be open by appointment only May 21 through August 20, 2018. Please contact us  to schedule an appointment and request materials in advance of your visit. T hank you for your patience and cooperation while we continue to make improvements to our facility!

University Archives

Our University Archives holdings include course catalogs, class schedules, oral history interviews, photographs, yearbooks, commencement materials, Master’s Theses,  The Daily Titan Opens in new window and other campus publications, annual reports, media, and meeting minutes which document the University's history.


Course CatalogsOpens in new window (1959 - 2007) and  Yearbooks Opens in new window (1961 - 2000) are available online courtesy of the Internet Archive.


Inventories are available only through the Reading Room. Contact Patricia Prestinary with questions.

Special Collections

Within Special Collections are rare books, literary manuscripts, fine press books, local history materials, antiquarian maps, and much more. Some key collections are:

  • Roy V. Boswell Collection for the History of Cartography
  • Rare books, fine press books, trade bindings
  • Science Fiction books, manuscripts, and periodicals
  • Local history books, periodicals, and subject files
  • Dr. Fairfax Proudfit-Walkup Theater Collection
  • James Boyer May (Amsberry/May) Papers

To access our Finding Aids, visit the Online Archive of CaliforniaOpens in new window .

Books, periodicals, and pamphlets can be found on OneSearchOpens in new window .

The Freedom Center

The Freedom Center contains materials for the study of 20th Century alternative political, social, and religious movements. Topics include literature on labor, anti-communist, anti-war, alternative lifestyle, ecology, gay liberation, women's liberation, animal rights, and revisionist history movements. These movements are represented through political campaign materials, newsletters, newspapers, journals, books, pamphlets, videos, flyers, and posters.

Freedom Center materials can be found on OneSearchOpens in new window  and our LibGuide.Opens in new window

Explore the Benedict Collection on ArchivesSpaceOpens in new window .

UA&SC Online

Campus lectures, Chicano Resource Center media, and interviews are now available on the Internet ArchiveOpens in new window thanks to the California Audio Visual Preservation ProjectOpens in new window .

California Light and Sound and the Smart Studio Photographs are available on CalisphereOpens in new window .

Check out our UA&SC LibGuideOpens in new window  for links out to dozens of free primary source digital collections, guidelines for citing archival sources, and detailed information on our collections.

Reading Room

The Reading Room is located in Pollak Library South, Room 352. We are open Monday - Tuesday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Wednesday - Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, and Saturdays by appointment.

The University Archives and Special Collections materials are non-circulating and may be viewed in the Reading Room. You may use a pencil and notebook, laptop, or smartphone while viewing collections. A photocopier and scanner are available on site, scans can be saved using a USB drive. Please take a few moments to review our Reading Room Guidelines and ProceduresOpens in new window . Materials can be paged in advance using OneSearchOpens in new window or by contacting the Special Collections Librarian.

Directions to the University and Campus Maps are available on CSU, Fullerton's Visiting our Campus Opens in new window page.

Upon your arrival, please fill out the UASC Sign-In Form.



Sessions are available to instruct your students on how to find and evaluate primary resources for class assignments and research papers. Lessons are tailored to meet the needs of each class. Classes typically range from 50 to 90 minutes. Please fill out the Library Instruction Request FormOpens in new window to book your session.

Check out these video tutorialsOpens in new window to learn all about Archives and Special Collections.


Internships for graduate and undergraduate students are available during the Fall and Spring semesters. To see a job description and apply for an internship, visit the Center for Internships and Community EngagementOpens in new window and search for Job Id 113413.