Collecting Areas

Special Collections serves as the access point for the Libraries' holdings of rare books and manuscripts, most of the University's archival collections, the Regional History Collections, the American Literature Collection, Spanish, Portuguese, Latin American and Latino Studies (Boeckmann Center for Iberian & Latin American Studies), USC's University Archives, and the California Social Welfare Archives.  [Additional archival collections can be found in the Cinematic Arts Library, East Asian Library, Music Library, Architecture and Fine Arts Library, and ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives.]

Our purpose is to collect, preserve, promote and foster access to primary source material in our main areas of strength: regional history; Lion Feuchtwanger and the the émigré experience in Southern California; Shoah Foundation video oral histories; American literature; natural history; and USC history.