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Archives & Special Collections

Archives & Special Collections is your portal to the University's archives, rare books, manuscripts, historic photos, artifacts, and much more.


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Digital Collections

We have scanned nearly 50,000 images and documents from our collections for you to access online. Search across all collections, or target your search to some of the popular collections listed below.


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We're Open for Research

During the summer sessions Archives & Special collections is open for research to both affiliates of Santa Clara University and external researchers. Due to staffing shortages, we are offering appointments Monday through Friday from the hours of 10 am to 3 pm, contingent upon staff schedules and availability. Please call or email us no later than two business days before your anticipated date of arrival to set up your appointment. Call (408) 554-5530 or email SpecialCollections@scu.edu with your inquiry.

We may require researchers to take a 15 minute break at minimum every two hours in order to provide necessary breaks to our reading room attendants.

Affiliation with Santa Clara University is defined as being a current student, staff, or faculty member or a recent graduate conducting research with a faculty member.

As always, virtual assistance is available: we provide Zoom appointments, material duplication, and email research consultations. Call (408) 554-5530 or email SpecialCollections@scu.edu with your inquiry.

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Arthur's Attic

Arthur's Attic is the blog of Archives & Special Collections, where we share interesting items and discuss topics related to our collections. The blog is named after Arthur Spearman, University Archivist from 1957-1977, who we attribute to assembling many of our bedrock collections.


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Locating Materials

Conduct a keyword search in OSCAR, the library's catalog, for Archives & Special Collections holdings:


To search by title, author, or other field, do an advanced search and limit to Location: University Library Archives & Special Collections.

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