The University Archives & Special Collections

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About the University Archives and Special Collections

Created in 1967, the University Archives and Special Collections (UA&SC) section preserves and provides access to eighty-eight special collections, including the institutional history of California State University, Fullerton. These special materials form a very important augmentation to the general holdings of books, serials, documents, audio-visual, and electronic resources in the Pollak Library.

This section operates as a closed stacks, controlled rare book reading room.

Accessing and Using these Collections

Many of the section's materials are fully cataloged in the library's catalog. Other materials are listed in the special collections card catalog, descriptive inventories, computer print-outs, and other finding aids. 

The University Archives and Special Collections materials do not circulate, and must be used in the reading room. A photocopier and scanner are available on site. And informed staff is also available to answer questions and to assist with research problems.

Key Special Collections

  • American Trade Bindings: Consists of over 5,000 volumes of decorated American cloth publishers' bindings circa 1850-1930.
  • Archives of Popular Culture: Includes comic books, Big/Little books, television and motion picture scripts, including the Fred Guiol Screen Script Collection and Star Trek television scripts; lobby cards, movie posters, and related film ephemera; and pulp magazines representing several genres.
  • Roy V. Boswell Collection for the History of Cartography (Pre- 1901): Includes 1525 pre-1901 rare maps of the world as well as bound atlases, books, pamphlets, and serials relating to the history of the art and science of cartography and early exploration and voyaging. Access the Map Collection Online.
  • Science Fiction Collection: Includes original science fiction manuscripts and related materials of several American authors including Philip K. Dick and Frank Herbert . An extensive collection of science fiction periodicals is also owned.
  • Freedom Center Collection: This is a collection of books, pamphlets, periodicals, and ephemera related to political, social, and religious issues of the United States in the 20th century from all perspectives.
  • Kerridge Angling Collection: Includes approximately 4,000 volumes as well as pamphlets, periodicals, and ephemera related to fresh-water angling. Includes many rare volumes of Izaak Walton's Compleat Angler.
  • Local History Collection: Contains books, periodicals, and ephemera, including high school yearbooks, relating to California, southern California, Orange County, and the cities within Orange County. Also contains extensive materials on the citrus industry in north Orange County and the water districts in southern California. There is a small record group of materials pertaining to former educators Max Rafferty and Dorman L. Commons from 1962-1970.
  • Fine Press Printing Collection: Press books and press ephemera reflecting 20th-century fine press printing in Great Britain and the United States with a particular focus on California presses, including the Grabhorn Press of San Francisco and the Fine Arts Press of Santa Ana, California.
  • The Dwight Strong, George Bernard Shaw, and Dylan Thomas Collections: Contains first editions and holographic manuscripts by these authors including GBS's letters to Miss Alice Lockett.
  • James Boyer May/Amsberry Poetry Collection: This collection focuses on American small-press poetry publishing from the middle to late 20th century, including Los Angeles poet and publisher James Boyer May's business archives and correspondence files.
  • Dr. Fairfax Proudfit Walkup Theater Collection: Includes books, pamphlets, periodicals, scrapbooks, fashion illustrated plates, dolls, manuscripts, and ephemera pertaining to theater costumes and set design and the professional career of educator, designer, and playwright Fairfax Proudfit Walkup. Includes some materials relating to her work at the Pasadena Playhouse.
  • California State University, Fullerton's University Archives: Permanent university records and publications of historical importance which document the mission and activities of the university's personnel and agencies from its founding in 1959 to current date. Includes the Donal Michalsky Music Compositions Collection and a sample collection of faculty, staff, and alumni publications.

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Location & Floor Map

California State University, Fullerton's University Archives and Special Collections Section is located on the third floor of Pollak Library-South in Room PLS-352.

Floor Map, 3rd floor Library South