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Lifting the Veil: Abolishing Censorship at the Vatican

The Vatican kept a list of forbidden books?!  Yes, they did!  However, this past week in history on June 14th, 1966, the Catholic Church lifted the final restriction on banned books from the Index Librorum Prohibitorum or the “List of Prohibited Books.”

San Diego State's Doolittle Raiders

Friday, April 18 marks the 72nd anniversary of the 1942 “Doolittle Raid,” arguably one of the most important events on the Pacific front during World War II. Led by Lt. Col.

Si Se Puede!

March 31st is Cesar Chavez Day!  Want to learn more about Chavez and the United Farm Workers?  Or impress a professor with an A+ paper that uses primary sources to discuss migrant labor?  Come to Special Collections!

Martin Gerlach, Publisher Extraordinaire

This month Special Collections is highlighting various works by Martin Gerlach, a prominent Austrian-German engraver, photographer, and publisher.

Celebrating Black History Month

In celebration of Black History Month, Special Collections is pleased to showcase some of our African-American treasures!

Odd Scraps of Magical Wisdom

Special Collections is pleased to announce the opening of our new exhibit, Odd Scraps of Magical Wisdom: Secrets of the Occult in Special Collections, located in the Louis A. Kenney Reading Room of Special Collections on the fourth floor of the Library Addition.

What is Open Access?

what is open access on checkered path sunlit corridor

Celebrate Open Access Week by learning more about the movement.

Open Access Week

Hints on How to Use a Spreadsheet to Organize Your Sources

Journal Articles

When you’re tasked with finding articles for a research paper, one of the most important things you can do before even getting started on the writing process is to figure out how you’re going to organize your reading notes.  Read on for a simple trick to help you stay organized.

Freedom to Read

Special Collections is pleased to support Banned Books Week and the freedom to read!   Banned Books Week is an annual event that condemns censorship and supports intellectual freedom.

LGBTQ Pride!

In celebration of San Diego LGBTQ Pride, Special Collections is proud to wave our queer flag and showcase some of our awesome rainbow-related collections!