USC Libraries Special Collections

The Department of Special Collections at the University of Southern California oversees rare books, manuscripts, archives, and historic photographs. It contains more than 200,000 volumes, more than 1000 archival collections, and more than 2 million photographs.

Our purpose is to collect, preserve, promote and foster access to primary source material in our main areas of strength: Southern California regional history; Lion Feuchtwanger and the European exiles of the 20th century in Southern California; Shoah Foundation video oral histories; American literature; natural history; Lewis Carroll and Alice in Wonderland; and USC history.

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