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.



Bay Area Pride

Bay Area Pride: 50 Years of LGBTQ History, Politics, and Culture, includes original photos from the Ted Sahl Archives, Billy DeFrank LGBT Silicon Valley Community Center Papers, and much more! On display during Special Collections hours until December 20th. 


Treasures of the Vault

Treasures from the Vault: Medieval Manuscripts and Beyond explores materials produced between the 14th and 16th centuries. These special items on display span subjects like medieval music, religious scholarship and incunabula. On display during regular library hours until December 9th. 


Personal to Professional

Personal to Professional: Spotlight on SJSU Faculty explores the diverse body of work, research, and contributions made by former SJSU faculty in a variety of disciplines, from art to mathematics. The exhibit features both published and unpublished works and includes both professional and personal materials, such as books, research notes, photographs, journals, correspondence, and ephemera. On display during Special Collections hours until December 9th.