Special Collections

Feuchtwanger Memorial Library
Horton Rare Book Room

Library Hours

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

Beginning Monday, July 19, 2021, Special Collections will be open for research to both USC faculty, students and staff, and non-USC researchers, by appointment.  Please visit https://libraries.usc.edu/reservations-specialarchival-research 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.

COVID-19 USC Libraries Updates on Services & Programs

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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