Special Collections

Feuchtwanger Memorial Library
Horton Rare Book Room

Library Hours

  • Special Collections
  • Sun Sep 25
    Closed
  • Mon Sep 26
    1pm to 5pm
  • Tue Sep 27
    1pm to 5pm
  • Wed Sep 28
    1pm to 5pm
  • Thu Sep 29
    1pm to 5pm
  • Fri Sep 30
    1pm to 5pm
  • Sat Oct 01
    Closed
  • Sun Oct 02
    Closed
  • Mon Oct 03
    1pm to 5pm
  • Tue Oct 04
    1pm to 5pm
  • Wed Oct 05
    1pm to 5pm
  • Thu Oct 06
    1pm to 5pm
  • Fri Oct 07
    1pm to 5pm
  • Sat Oct 08
    Closed
  • Sun Oct 09
    Closed
  • Mon Oct 10
    1pm to 5pm
  • Tue Oct 11
    1pm to 5pm
  • Wed Oct 12
    1pm to 5pm
  • Thu Oct 13
    1pm to 5pm
  • Fri Oct 14
    1pm to 5pm
  • Sat Oct 15
    Closed
  • Sun Oct 16
    Closed
  • Mon Oct 17
    1pm to 5pm
  • Tue Oct 18
    1pm to 5pm
  • Wed Oct 19
    1pm to 5pm
  • Thu Oct 20
    1pm to 5pm
  • Fri Oct 21
    1pm to 5pm
  • Sat Oct 22
    Closed
  • Sun Oct 23
    Closed
  • Mon Oct 24
    1pm to 5pm
  • Tue Oct 25
    1pm to 5pm
  • Wed Oct 26
    1pm to 5pm
  • Thu Oct 27
    1pm to 5pm
  • Fri Oct 28
    1pm to 5pm
  • Sat Oct 29
    Closed
  • Sun Oct 30
    Closed
  • Mon Oct 31
    1pm to 5pm
  • Tue Nov 01
    1pm to 5pm
  • Wed Nov 02
    1pm to 5pm
  • Thu Nov 03
    1pm to 5pm
  • Fri Nov 04
    1pm to 5pm
  • Sat Nov 05
    Closed
  • Sun Nov 06
    Closed
  • Mon Nov 07
    1pm to 5pm
  • Tue Nov 08
    1pm to 5pm
  • Wed Nov 09
    1pm to 5pm
  • Thu Nov 10
    1pm to 5pm
  • Fri Nov 11
    1pm to 5pm
  • Sat Nov 12
    Closed
  • Sun Nov 13
    Closed
  • Mon Nov 14
    1pm to 5pm
  • Tue Nov 15
    1pm to 5pm
  • Wed Nov 16
    1pm to 5pm
  • Thu Nov 17
    1pm to 5pm
  • Fri Nov 18
    1pm to 5pm
  • Sat Nov 19
    Closed
  • Sun Nov 20
    Closed
  • Mon Nov 21
    1pm to 5pm
  • Tue Nov 22
    1pm to 5pm
  • Wed Nov 23
    1pm to 5pm
  • Thu Nov 24
    Closed
  • Fri Nov 25
    Closed
  • Sat Nov 26
    Closed
  • Sun Nov 27
    Closed
  • Mon Nov 28
    1pm to 5pm
  • Tue Nov 29
    1pm to 5pm
  • Wed Nov 30
    1pm to 5pm
  • Thu Dec 01
    1pm to 5pm
  • Fri Dec 02
    1pm to 5pm
  • Sat Dec 03
    Closed
  • Sun Dec 04
    Closed

Special Collections is open for research to both USC faculty, students and staff, and non-USC researchers, by appointment.  Please visit our reservations page for information on how to access collections and campus.

Below please find information on library services & resources available online, as well as helpful information about electronically available primary sources.

Research Guide with Information on Electronically available Primary Sources

Research Guide with General Information on working with Primary Sources

Are you an instructor and want to work with us on integrating primary sources and primary source literacy into your (online) teaching? Contact us at specol@usc.edu. Check out our teaching platform for primary source literacy which offers modules on various topics which students can explore synchronously or asynchronously.

 

General contact:
Reference desk: DML Rm 209
Phone: 213 740 5900
specol@usc.edu

Head: Sue Luftschein

 

Overview

Special Collections at the University of Southern California oversees the university's primary source collections including archives, manuscripts, historic photographs, and rare books. The department holds more than 200,000 volumes, more than 1000 archival collections, and more than 2 million photographs. 

Our mission is to lend intellectual excitement and vitality to the campus and community through access to our collections of archives, rare books, and other unique materials. We accomplish this by offering public programming, exhibits and instructional support, and preserving, promoting and fostering access to primary source material in our main areas of strength:  Holocaust and Genocide Studies; Iberian and Latin American Studies; Lewis Carroll and Alice in Wonderland; Lion Feuchtwanger and the European exiles of the 20th century in Southern California; Natural History; Southern California Regional History; and USC history. This provides USC faculty, students and staff  and others outside the university community the opportunity to explore our unique primary source collections for their research and creative projects. 

An account is required to consult our materials. Go to our Specialized Research Collections Request page and register for a free account in our online request service. This online system 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 and our online finding aids.

The USC Libraries are temporarily pausing acceptance of unsolicited books and other collections. We expect to resume reviewing donation offers in December 2022.

We appreciate your thinking of us. However, please keep in mind that when the pause ends, in most cases we are rarely able to accept unsolicited items. You might also consider organizations like Better World Books or Pick Up Please, or your local public library may accept donations of used books.

 

Location:

Doheny Memorial Library
3550 Trousdale Parkway, Room 209
University Park Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0189

MAP: DML (second floor)

 

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