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
Pasolini Requiem img Barth David Schwartz presents his new edition of "Pasolini Requiem" de Bellis

The Italian Program is sponsoring Barth David Schwartz’s presentation of his new edition of Pasolini Requiem in the Frank V. de Bellis Collection in Library 460, J. Paul Leonard Library, 4th floor on Wednesday, October 18 at 1 pm

Victor Arnautoff img Victor Arnautoff and The Politics of Art LARC

Victor Arnautoff (1896-1979) was a leading artist in San Francisco in the 1930s, whose best known work is the mural "City Life" located at Coit Tower.

Gator Vibe img THE GATOR VIBE & all that JAZZ… Special Collections

This exhibit chronicles the emergence of San Francisco State’s Music Federation during the 1930s.

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.