Access and Management
Cal State Fullerton’s University Archives and Special Collections was established in 1967 to care for and provide access to dozens of collections and the institutional history of CSUF. Our collections were acquired to preserve the library’s rarest and most valuable original materials, support curriculum, and to preserve the University’s history. Our collection descriptions and finding aids can be accessed directly on ArchivesSpace. Some key collections are:
- Founded by CSUF American Studies faculty in the 1970s, the Archives of Popular culture contains an assortment of Marvel and DC comic books, underground comic books, Manga, Big Little Books, graphic novels, screenplays and popular magazines from the 1900s to 1980s for the study of popular music, film, sports, sub-cultures, and American life in the 20th century.
- The Freedom Center contains materials for the study of 20th Century alternative political, social, and religious movements such as labor, anti-communist, anti-war, anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic, civil rights, counter-cultural lifestyles, ecology, gay liberation, women's liberation, animal rights, conspiracy theories, and revisionist history movements. These movements are represented through political campaign materials, newsletters, newspapers, journals, books, pamphlets, videos, flyers, and posters.
- The Local History Collection includes materials about Orange County, California and other California cities and counties from 1776-to date. It includes 3860 cataloged books and pamphlets, correspondence, ephemera, manuscripts, maps, memorabilia, papers, periodicals, posters and photographs.
- Special Collections was established preserve unique collections of rare books, literary manuscripts, artist's books, and antiquarian maps. Collection highlights include the Roy V. Boswell Collection for the History of Cartography, The Dwight Strong Collection on George Bernard Shaw, and the Willis E. McNelly Science Fiction Collection.
- Our University Archives holdings include course catalogs, class schedules, oral history interviews, photographs, yearbooks, commencement materials, Master’s Theses, The Daily Titan, and other campus publications, annual reports, media, and meeting minutes which document the University's history.