Library Special Collections
The Special Collections at CSUEB are home to early printed volumes, original letters by great authors, papers documenting the history of our region, and much, much more. Rare photographs, fine press materials, and unique items can all be found within the University Library’s collections.
We are currently celebrating the Treasures of the University Libraries: rare, beautiful, and unique materials found in our collections which are the legacy of decades of careful development by dedicated library faculty and staff.
The University Library’s Special Collections department was established in the early 1970s by the founding director of the University Library, Floyd R. Erickson.
In the formative years of the CSUEB Library, Erickson, an ardent bookman, purchased many private book collections to build the new library’s collection of out of print and older material. Within these collections were found rare, old and unusual materials which formed the nucleus of Special Collections.
Over the years, the collection has grown from donations and library purchases, with current collection development emphasizing the illustrated book, fine press editions, and artists’ books.
Located on the Upper Mall of the Library adjacent to the Library Administrative Office (LI3124), Special Collections is currently open for supervised use and study by appointment only. Due to the unusual nature of the materials, they are non-circulating and users are subject to special restrictions governing the use of these collections.
In the coming months, we will be endeavoring to make many items more generally accessible through our web site and real-time exhibits within the Library walls.
In addition to actually showing many of the Library’s treasures online, we will be adding interactive capabilities that will allow you to comment, share, and use the images in teaching and other venues. We are very excited about this prospect, so stay tuned!
Remember, whether you need to conduct research using primary source materials, or simply want to touch a book published in 1533, your Special Collections await. Come and explore a new world of knowledge.
For an appointment, please call: 510-885-3664.
CSUEB Special Collections Links
Library Special Collections Home | Alameda County Voter Registration Records 1875—1925 | American Popular Culture 1875 – 1975 | Artists’ Books | Earthquake and Vulcanology | Henry H. Hart | Historical Documents on Slavery | History of Print and Fine Press Books | Japanese Relocation Materials from WWII | Pulp Magazines | San Francisco Bay Area Poetry | Jensen Family Manuscripts | Marco Polo