Special Collections in the University Library are materials that have significant historical or cultural value and are considered important enough to be preserved. They include rare books, photographs, personal letters, periodicals, media, and artifacts. Our emphasis is on the history, people, and culture of the North Bay region of California, but some collections include content on many other subjects. Some materials go as far back as the 17th century.
Although Special Collections and the SSU Archives are carefully protected, they are made available to anyone wishing to incorporate primary sources into research projects or instruction. Our collections offer a rich environment for intellectual discovery and can greatly enhance your research experience. We make it easy for you to explore our collections online or in person. If you'd like to check out our unique materials, make an appointment and come see us.