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University Archives and Special Collections

Describes collections of the University Archives and Special Collections and how to use them.

Collection Policy

Archives History

The University Archives, established in 1971 with the opening of the University Library building on the Hayward Hills Campus, collects material dealing with the institutional history and memory of California State University, East Bay (formerly known as Alameda State College and California State University, Hayward).

The University Archives collects materials in the following areas

  • California State University, East Bay History (Comprehensive)
  • California State University, East Bay Institutional Records (Comprehensive)
  • California State University, East Bay Student Organizational Records (Comprehensive)
  • Alameda and Contra Costa History (limited)

Geographical Restrictions

  • Alameda and Contra Costa counties with specific emphasis on California State University, East Bay

Formats Collected

  • Manuscripts
  • Annual Reports
  • Committee Minutes
  • Committee Meeting Agendas
  • Newsletters
  • Pamphlets
  • Photographs, Negatives, & Slides
  • Correspondence
  • Ephemera
  • Digital files

Unique Regional Collections

  • Alameda County Voter Registration Records, 1875-1925
  • Jenson Family Records
  • Ellen O. Tauscher Records (parts of the collection are closed due to donor restrictions)

Donation Information

The University Archives welcomes inquiries about donating materials. If you have materials you would like to donate, please contact the archivist or University Librarian before sending the materials to the archives.

All donations are subject to approval by the archivist. If proposed donations are out-of-scope for the collection, the archivist will suggest an alternate archives where the collection fits more appropriately.

The University Archives acquires materials mainly through donations or transfers. The University Archives generally does not accept materials on deposit or loan.

Transferring Materials to the University Archives

If you have material to transfer from your department on campus, please contact the archivist before sending any materials to the University Archives.

Processing and Preserving the Collections

University Archives staff, interns, and volunteers process the collections in the archives as resources become available. Processing consists of physically arranging the documents and preserving the documents in archival, acid-free containers. Access is provided to the collections via the finding aids and University Libraries’ online catalog.

It is expensive to process collections. The University Archives staff would be happy to discuss the cost of processing your collection and the University Archives staff encourages you to consider a monetary donation that will allow for the processing of your collection.