Special Collections and College Archives

A photo from the Occidental College archives of the campus under construction

The Special Collections and College Archives department houses Oxy’s collection of rare books, visual media, sound recordings and other primary source and rare materials that support the College’s teaching mission.

The Reading Room is running limited hours. Please visit our Research Services page for more information.
See also the Covid 19 Services Update for Library services during the pandemic.

Located on the third floor of the Library, Special Collections and College Archives is home to the historical records of the College including faculty and alumni files, student publications, campus photos, and administrative files. We also have strong collections in Northeast Los Angeles History, Visual/Book Arts, and much more. Search our Online Resources and explore our Digitial Exhibits, Research Projects, and Digital Repositories.

We welcome the Oxy community and the public to use our collections. For research inquiries, please visit Research Services.

Faculty interested in bringing your classes to the reading room or incorporating primary sources into your assignments to enhance your students' learning, please contact us. We're here to help.

"Belonging at Oxy"

Special Collections and College Archives invites you to see the amazing work of more than 100 students, alumni, parents, faculty and staff who contributed their stories from the pandemic to “Belonging at Oxy.” The original pieces of art have been bound into an accordion-fold book, which, when stretched out, extends over 40 yards. You can see digital images of all submissions online, or we welcome you to come see the originals in the Special Collections and College Archives reading room on the 3rd floor of the Academic Commons.

Contact Us

Special Collections and College Archives 
(323) 259-2852


Julie K. Tanaka, Director, Special Collections and College Archives

Helena de Lemos, Special Collections Instruction and Research Librarian

Jocelyn Webb Pedersen, Coordinator, Book Arts and Historical Bibliography Program

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