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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.

Research Support

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We're Open for Research

Affiliates of Santa Clara University are able to make research appointments to consult materials held in of Archives & Special Collections Monday through Friday from the hours of 10 am to 5 pm. Email us no later than one business day before your anticipated date of arrival to set up your appointment.

We 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.

Virtual assistance is available to external researchers: we provide Zoom appointments, material duplication, and email research consultations. Call (408) 554-5530 or email with your inquiry.

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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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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.