A Message from the Director
Dear Students and Faculty, On-site and Off-site Researchers, Friends of the Library and the general SJSU Community,
I hope that you are all safe and well. I wanted to reach out and let you know that Special Collections & Archives (SC&A) is now providing remote services like the rest of King Library. What can we do remotely? A lot, we are discovering. From students with reference questions to offsite researchers with requests for permissions, from donors with potential acquisitions to faculty in need of revising class projects or assignments, we remain available to assist you.
There is one thing we cannot do for a while: Provide access to our physical holdings. We miss our books and collections terribly, as well as our on-site researchers and tour groups and visiting classes. I miss seeing my staff and students every day. (Like everyone else, we are doing the next best thing: phone calls, emails, and Zoom meetings.) But our holdings are safe and secure in our vaults, and we eagerly look forward to sharing them with you again.
In the meantime, we plan to connect more via social media, as well as expand and update our webpages and digital content. Our LibGuides already offer links to a wide range of subjects collected by SC&A. Finding Aids providing content for and context about our collections are accessible on the OAC (Online Archive of California), and information about our books may be found on OneSearch. Be sure to peruse our digital materials on our new online platform as well.
You may contact us at email@example.com, or me personally at firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions or concerns, including requests for help to navigate our online resources. Special Collections and Archives are wonderful things, but they wouldn’t be so special without the inquisitive, devoted, enthusiastic individuals who use them. Please continue staying safe and well, and thank you for your indefatigable support.
Craig S. Simpson
Director, SJSU Special Collections & 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.