Welcome to Archives & Special Collections

Archives & Special Collections houses the University Library's rare books and manuscript collections, the University Archives, and the California Jesuit Archives. Materials may be viewed in the Norman F. Martin, S.J. Reading Room by University students, faculty, staff and other researchers. For more information, feel free to contact us.

Included Collections

Mission Santa Clara Manuscript Collection
     Mission Santa Clara's valuable Manuscript Collection consists of hundreds of manuscripts primarily written and collected by the Franciscan missionaries from the founding of the Mission in 1777 until the arrival of the Jesuits in 1851.  The manuscripts deal not only with the missionaries' spiritual endeavors, but with various aspects of daily life at Mission Santa Clara.  The Manuscript Collection includes sacramental records, account books, annual reports, governmental and ecclesiastical correspondence, choirbooks, and instructions on wool-processing, health care and cuisine, among others.   

Guide to the Mission Santa Clara Manuscript Collection
Rare Book Collection
With strengths in pre-1800 theology, California history and travel, and Jesuitica.
University Photograph Collection
Images documenting the visual history of SCU from its founding in 1851 to the present.
Digital Collections
     Explore Santa Clara University's rich past online through our digital collections.  Photographs and documents help explore the transformation of Santa Clara from Mission to College to University.
Scholar Commons
     Open Access to faculty, students and staff intellectual works: includes SCU publications, student projects, theses, dissertations, pre-print and post-print articles and university archives materials.
University Archives
SCU records, graduate theses, faculty and student publications, and many other SCU-related collections in a variety of formats.


The next exhibit starts Spring Quarter 2015


"Paper, Wood, and Copper: Early Printed Arts in Special Collections"
Open Everyday, 9 AM to 7 PM 3rd Floor Gallery 

Paper, Wood, and Copper is an exhibit of illustrated books from the original Mission Library and the teaching collection of the first years of Santa Clara College.


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