SJSU Special Collections and Archives

SJSU Special Collections & Archives exist to acquire, preserve, arrange, describe, and make accessible its rich holdings of secondary and primary materials to support the diverse teaching and research needs of undergraduates, graduates, faculty, staff, and the larger community. These collections document local, regional, and California history, with a specific focus on history, politics, literature, and art. In addition, the Department is responsible for documenting the history of the university, and has a large collection of university and faculty publications, administrative records, photographs, and ephemera.

Judging Books

SJSU Special Collections & Archives is home to nearly 10,000 books, with a collection focus of rare & first edition books. The Judging Books by Their Covers exhibit is a sampling of some of our most visually intriguing books. On display until August 2019.

California Flora







SJSU Special Collections & Archives' new exhibit, California Flora, showcases images of native plants and features the history of the study & preservation of native plants in San José. On display until August 14th.