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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.

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 first floor of the CORE Building, Special Collections is currently open for supervised use and study by appointment only, Monday through Friday. 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.

To make an appointment to view materials in the Special Collections, please contact Diana Wakimoto ( or Anna Graves (