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What is Special Collections?

The Department of Special Collections & University Archives houses rare, fine, unique, and valuable books, periodicals, manuscripts, and documents which require preservation, security and care in handling. Other valuable historical items such as photographs, prints, postcards, memorabilia, scrapbooks, and oral histories are also held in Special Collections. University Archives holds materials which document the history of San Diego State since its founding as a Normal School in 1897.

Location & Hours

Special Collections and University Archives

Library Addition Room 4410
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-8050
(619) 594-6791

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Head of Special Collections & University Archives and a librarian specializing in rare books, primary sources and other original materials in their original formats. 

Donor relations, collection development, University oral history program. Interests: New and alternative religious movements, performing arts, Edward Gorey, children's literature.

Location: Library Addition 4410G
Phone: (619) 594-4303
Email: robert DOT ray AT mail DOT sdsu DOT edu

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SCUA Assistant Head
Anna Culbertson, MA, MSLIS, is a librarian specializing in rare books and special collections.

She provides primary source instruction and research assistance, and curates the library's speculative fiction collections. Her research interests include: history of the book, printing, and graphic design; feminist science fiction, zines and comics; and ideas of utopia in speculative fiction and radical social movements. #critlib 

Location: Library Addition 4410A
Phone: (619) 594-6892
Email: aculbertson AT mail DOT sdsu DOT edu

SCUA Archivist
Amanda Lanthorne, MA, MLIS, is the university archivist.

She manages the department's archival collections, provides instruction and reference services, curates exhibits, and really enjoys eating nachos. Her research interests include social history, identity politics, and memory of political violence.

Location: Library Addition 4410C
Phone: (619) 594-4448
Email: alanthorne AT mail DOT sdsu DOT edu

Popular Culture Librarian
Pamela Jackson, MA, MLIS, is a librarian specializing in popular culture.

She is the subject librarian for Television, Film, Theatre, New Media and the Comic Arts, and co-curator of the Comic Arts Collection in Special Collections. Her job is no fun at all. Her research interests include: comics, critical visual literacy, and the impact of popular culture collections on teaching and learning.

Location: Library Addition 1101C
Phone: (619) 594-3809
Email: pamela DOT jackson AT mail DOT sdsu DOT edu

SCUA Specialist
Adam Burkhart is a Library Services Specialist

He handles the day-to-day operations of the department, introduces patrons to the archives and archival procedures and processes duplication orders. Some say he is excessively fond of cats, but that is a subjective judgment open to interpretation by reasonable persons. 

Location: Library Addition 4410
Phone: (619) 594-7047
Email: aburkhart AT mail DOT sdsu DOT edu

SCUA Specialist
Lucas Buresch is a Library Services Specialist

He processes archival collections, answers patron inquiries, and introduces patrons to SCUA's policies and procedures. His research interests include the history of photography, media archaeology, information science, and local history.

Location: Library Addition 4410
Phone: (619) 594-2298
Email: lburesch AT sdsu DOT edu

Contact Us

Special Collections & University Archives Contact

Location: SDSU Library & Information Access, Library Addition Room 4410
Phone: 619.594.6791
Email: askscua@mail.sdsu.edu

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