Donor(s): Multiple donors
The Special Collections and Archives Endowment was established by multiple donors to expand and enhance holdings that are unique to the King Library. Located on the fifth floor of the King Library, the Special Collections and Archives consist of primary sources that document local, regional, and California history, with a focus on San José State University and South Bay history, politics, culture, literature, and art. Formats include books — including rare and fine print artists' books — manuscripts, photographs, art, maps, and oral histories and ephemera. With the many periods represented, the archival collections cover the region's transition from early agricultural production to the emergence of Silicon Valley; regional and national policymaking affected by local political leaders and community changemakers; and social activists involved in the LGBT community, the peace movement, and women's rights. The Special Collections and Archives continue to grow with items donated every year.