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Special Collections

SJSU Special Collections & Archives

Includes primary sources that document SJSU, local, and national history; rare and fine press artist books. Formats include books, manuscripts, photographs, art, maps, oral histories, and ephemera.


Africana, Asian American, Chicano, & Native American Studies Center

The Africana, Asian American, Chicano, & Native American Studies Center (AAACNA) is made up of four collections that share a service commitment and a designated space on the 5th floor of the King Library.


SJSU Digital Collections

SJSU Digital Collections represent rare and unique materials held by San Jose State University Special Collections & Archives, the Beethoven Center, and the Steinbeck Center.


Beethoven Center

The Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies is the only institution in North America devoted solely to the life, works, and accomplishments of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827).


California Room

The California Room houses a collection of materials on California history with an emphasis on the history of San José and Santa Clara County.


Steinbeck Center

Founded in 1973 as the Steinbeck Research Center and renamed the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies in 1997 in honor of its founder, an English professor at San Jose State, it is now the largest Steinbeck archive in the world.


Sourisseau Academy

The mission of the Sourisseau Academy is to promote local history through research, educational programs, and publications. The Academy maintains an extensive photograph and ephemera collection relating primarily to the history of Santa Clara County and Valley, and the central coast region of California.