Special Collections & Archives

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The J. Paul Leonard Library's Special Collections contains a wealth of primary source material on a wide variety of topics. The collections include manuscripts, organizational records, photographs, rare books, periodicals, audio-visual media, artwork, artifacts and ephemera. These collections support academic and personal scholarship on campus, in the wider community, and internationally. University Archives and Historic Collections holds materials which document the history of San Francisco State University since its founding.

The Special Collections reading room is open Monday through Friday from 1pm to 5pm and by appointment.



News, Exhibits & Events

Item Collection Description
labor_hero_65 img Labor Heroes LARC

Drawings and biographies about the US labor movement by Jos Sances and Bill Morgan.

Clementi img Concert Event: Muzio Clementi Compositions played on Historic Clementi Instrument de Bellis

Victoria Neve and Inara Morgenstern perform a program of music by Muzio Clementi on the historic Clementi fortepiano.


The Labor Archives annual program on February 24th will feature guest speaker Fred Glass, author of From Mission to Microchip: A History of the California Labor Movement, an organizing update from Jobs with Justice, and a musical performance by Oakland’s own Missin’ Cousins.

Oscars icon img J. Paul Leonard Library at the Oscars BATV

Film footage from the Bay Area Television Archive is featured in 3 of the 5 films nominated for the Oscar award of Best Documentary Feature this year.

Extra-Illustration icon img Extra-Illustration: From Marginalia to Scrapbooks Special Collections

This exhibition highlights alternative uses for books by individuals interested in the interactive practice of extra-illustration.