Special Collections & University Archives
Using the Archives
Information about our collections can be found in two places: SearchWorks and the Online Archive of California (OAC). We recommend starting with SearchWorks, the Libraries' online catalog. It contains high level information (e.g. creator, title, dates, summary, subjects) about all of our collections. It also contains links to finding aids (detailed collection guides) and, in some instances, links to online content. For recommended search strategies check out our Guide to Finding Archives Material.
The OAC is where we publish our finding aids, which list the full contents of our collections. Use the OAC to search across or within finding aids to determine the boxes you need to examine. Check out the OAC Help page for more information.
Some boxes may be requested online via SearchWorks (look for the request link next each item), while others must be paged at the Special Collections and University Archives reference desk in Green Library. For more information on requesting materials, see How to request materials. Please note that since most of our materials are stored offsite requests must be paged at least two days before you intend to use them. For additional information see Using collections.