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Special Collections

Special Collections

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Location

 

Head:
Marje Schuetze-Coburn
Library Manager:
Rachelle Smith
Location: DML Rm 209
Phone: 213 740 5900
specol@usc.edu

 

Overview

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. 

Special Collections serves as the access point for the Libraries' holdings of rare books and manuscripts and many of the University's archival collections. 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.

The USC Libraries provide a wealth of primary source materials. We invite all USC undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and staff to explore our unique primary source collections for your research and creative projects.  In addition, we lend intellectual excitement and vitality to the campus and community through our public programming, exhibits, and work with classes and students.

A research account is required to consult our materials. Go to our Specialized Research Collections Request page and register for a research account. This online request service allows you to make requests for materials, track the progress of your requests and plan your visits to our reading rooms anywhere anytime. After registering for an account, you will be able to request items online directly from USC's online catalog HOMER and our online finding aids.

If you are interested in donating rare books, manuscripts, or archives to USC Libraries, please contact Amy Ciccone, Director of Collection Development, aciccone@usc.edu.

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