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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.

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Special Collections and University Archives

Love Library Room 150
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-8050
(619) 594-6791



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: Love Library 148
Phone: (619) 594-4303
Email: robert DOT ray AT 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 special collections instruction and research assistance, and curates SCUA's speculative fiction and zines & minicomics collections. Her research interests include history of the book and graphic design; feminist science fiction; zines; indie comics; and new religious movements, especially modern witchcraft. 

Location: Love Library 143
Phone: (619) 594-6892
Email: aculbertson AT 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: Love Library 147
Phone: (619) 594-4448
Email: alanthorne AT 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: Love Library 145
Phone: (619) 594-3809
Email: pamela DOT jackson AT sdsu DOT edu

User Services Coordinator
Adam Burkhart is the User Services Coordinator

He assists users with finding and using special collections and archives, instructs patrons in archival rules and procedures and how to search library and archives databases, and processes remote requests for copies. 

Location: Love Library 150
Phone: (619) 594-7047
Email: aburkhart AT sdsu DOT edu

Processing Archivist
Lucas Buresch is the Processing Archivist

He arranges and describes 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: Love Library 150
Phone: (619) 594-2298
Email: lburesch AT sdsu DOT edu

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Special Collections & University Archives Contact

Location: SDSU Library & Information Access, Love Library Room 150
Phone: 619.594.6791
Email: askscua@sdsu.edu

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