Guide to Special Collections
- Special Collections -- Introduction
- Special Collections Contains:
- Rare, expensive, and/or unusual Library materials,
- Selected CSULA and CSU systemwide archives, and
- Distinctive, topical collections that enhance educational resources.
- Reference Service
- Reference Service for Special Collections is provided by the Reference
Desk, 1st Floor Library North.
- Hours and Restrictions
- Special Collections material is available by appointment only. Appointments
for providing access to Special Collections material are made during
regular business hours, typically Mondays through Fridays, 8:00 a.m.
to 4:00 p.m. For appointments, call David Sigler, Special Collections
Assistant, at (323) 343-4435.
All Special Collections material is available for room-use only; items
do not circulate from the Library. In some cases, it may be necessary
for the researcher to obtain approval from the donor before permission
to use a specific collection can be granted.
Coin-operated duplicating machines are available for copying materials;
however, permission to photoduplicate fragile materials may be denied
by Special Collections personnel.
- Donations of New Collections
- New collections of rare and unusual materials are considered for
addition to Special Collections when it can be demonstrated that these
collections will significantly enhance educational resources in the
Los Angeles area. If you have a significant collection which you would
like to donate to our Library, please contact our University Librarian,
Doug Davis at (323) 343-3954.
- General Special Collections
- Included here are examples of fine printing; works produced by outstanding
presses; signed and/or limited editions of outstanding authors; fine
arts books or portfolios with plates; works published before 1800;
works of historical value; works with unusual format, physical condition,
or content; and works with qualities which distinguish them as rare,
scarce, susceptible to damage, irreplaceable, or expensive. Also found
here are broadsides, brochures, keepsakes, announcements, and ephemerae.
Approximately 8,000 books, or 750 linear feet, have been assigned
to General Special Collections.
Some notable items within General Special Collections include: a rare
copy of The Klemscott Chaucer (printed in 1896, this is considered
one of the great printed books of our time); three bound books of
letters by Brigham Young's secretary, James G. Bleak (these letters
cover the period 1874-1907); two handwritten letters c.1880 containing
art work by the famous Southwest painter C. M. Russell; a collection
of Upton Sinclair pamphlets, brochures and memorabilia, primarily
concerning his unsuccessful bid for Governor of California in 1934;
a 1783 edition of Reales ordenanzas para la direccion régimen
y gobierno del importante Cuerpo de la Mineraría de Nueva-España;
and a ten volume facsimile set of Leonardo da Vinci's Codex
- Rare Periodicals
- Currently, the collection consist of full or partial runs of fifty
titles, or approximately 360 linear feet. These are discontinued,
rare periodicals (e.g., Beiträge zur Geschichte der Deutschen
Sprache und Literature, Blackwood's Magazine Dial, Fortnightly, Niles'
Register, Outlook, and Overland Monthly.
- Selected Archives of CSULA
- The California State University, Los Angeles and the California
State University archive collections of approximately 240 linear feet
consist of selected documents which record the history and activities
of the Library, the University, and, to a lesser extent, the Chancellor's
Office of the California State University.
- Distinctive Collections Within
- Newberry and Caldecott Award Collections
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- John K. Pollard Collection of Children's Books
- The Pollard collection of Children's Books is comprised of works
by American and English authors of the late 19th and early 20th centuries,
including Horatio Alger, Victor Appleton, William Baker, Gerarld Breckenridge,
Thorton Burgess, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Allen Chapman, Elmer Dawson,
Fremont Deering, J. W. Duffield, Leo Edwards, Edward Ellis, Percy
Fitzhugh, Howard Garis, Lillian Garis, Zane Grey, H. Irving Hancock,
William Heyliger, Laura Lee Hope, Howard Payson and Harold Sherman.
All are first or limited editions. John K. Pollard is a retired biochemist
who currently resides in Del Mar, Caliofrnia. The collection totals
approximately 2,650 titles, or 91 linear feet.
- Perry R. Long Collection of Books on Printing
and Graphic Design
- Perry Robert Long was a printer with a distinguished national reputation.
In 1959 the University Library at CSULA was selected by a committee
to receive Mr. Long's collection of books on printing and graphic
design consisting of approximately 3,000 titles, or 360 linear feet,
of rare and beautiful books of, and about, fine printing. It is one
of the largest collections of typographica on the West Coast. In includes
works on the art and science of typography, paper making and color
printing, graphic design, book binding, printer's manuals, and histories,
as well as ephemerae, keepsakes, announcements, broadsides, and other
examples of fine printing.
The collection also includes a rare Washington handpress, manufactured
in the United States between 1821 and 1910, by Paul Shniedewend. It
was presented to the University in memory of Gordon J. Holmquist in
- Joseph Wambaugh Collection of Manuscripts
- Joseph Wambaugh, author, was born January 22, 1937, in East Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania. He received his B.A. (1960) and M.A. (1968) from California
State University, Los Angeles. To date, the Joseph Wambaugh Collection
of Manuscripts includes The New Centurions (1971), The Blue
Knight (1972), The Onion Field (1973), Choir Boys
(1975), The Black Marble (1978), The Secrets of Harry Bright
(1986), and The Blooding (1988). The Collection totals four
linear feet. All manuscripts are typescipts; some have handwritten
changes, notations and corrections.
- Public Officials Papers
- The collection of Public Officials' Papers had its beginnings when
the University Librarian, Morris Polan, established a depository for
the papers of distinguished California public officials. To date,
the collection includes the papers of Richard Alatorre, Ernest Debs,
Mervyn Dymally, John Holland, Julian Nava, and Edward Roybal.
- Richard Alatorre (1943 -
CA State Assemblyman (1973 -1986)
LA City Councilman (1986 - )
- Richard Alatorre was born in Los Angeles, May 15, 1943. He earned
his B.A. from California State University, Los Angeles (1965) and
his M.P.A. from USC (1970). In process, the Library has 38 linear
feet of his State Assemblyman (55th District) papers.
- Ernest E. Debs (1904 -
CA State Assemblyman (1942 -1947)
LA City Councilman (1947 - 1958)
LA County Supervisor (1958 - 1974)
- Ernest E. Debs was born in Ohio in 1904, and moved to Los Angeles
while in his teens. He represented the 56th District as State Assemblyman,
the 13th District as City Councilman, and the 3rd District on the
County Board of Supervisors. While in the State Assembly, he authored
the bill establishing California State University, Los Angeles. As
County Supervisor, he chaired thirteen major departments, and served
on numerous other committees. The Library has clippings beginning
with 1947, and 182 linear feet of his County Supervisor papers.
- Mervyn M. Dymally (1926 - )
CA State Assemblyman (1962 -1966)
CA State Senator (1966 - 1974)
CA Lieutenant Governor (1974 - 1978)
United States Congressman (1980 -
- Mervyn Dymally was born in Trinidad, British West Indies, May 12,
1926. He earned is B.A. from California State University, Los Angeles
(1954) and his M.A. from CSU Sacramenta (1970). In addition to honorary
doctorates, he has a Ph.D. from the United States International University.
From the 53rd District, Dymally served as California State Assemblyman,
and as State Senator from the 29th District. He served as Lieutenant
Governor under Jerry Brown and was elected to the 97th United States
Congress representing the 31st District. The Library has 79 processed
linear feet of Mr. Dymally's Assembly/State Senator papers, and approximately
360 linear feet of his Lieutenant Governorship papers.
- John C. Holland (1897? -
LA City Councilman (1943 - 1966)
- John C. Holland was born in the late 1890's in Bartlett, Texas.
He received a B. A. from Stanford University in 1917. In 1919, he
established an electric appliance business in Highland Park which
he operated until December 1951. In the primary election of April
1943, he was elected to the Los Angeles City Council, representing
the 14th District. He was reelected 1945 - 1955, 1959, and 1963. He
acted as chair of both the Finance committee and the Police, Fire
and Traffic Committee, and was a member of many other important committees.
The Library has 30 linear feet of his papers; all are processed.
- Julian C. Nava (1927 -
LA City Board of Education (1967 - 1980)
United States Ambassador to Mexico (1980 - )
- Julian C. Nava was born in Los Angeles, June 19, 1927. He earned
his B. A. from Pomona College, Caremont, and his Ph.D. from Harvard
University (1955). He is currently a member of the history department
faculty at CSU Northridge. Before he was appointed as Ambassador to
Mexico in 1980, he served on the Los Angeles City Board of Education
for thirteen years. The Library has 40 linear feet of his Board of
- Edward R. Roybal (1916 -
United States Congressman (1962 - )
- Edward R. Roybal was born in Alburquerque, New Mexico, February
10, 1916. He was first elected to Congress on November 6, 1962. He
has been reelected each succeeding year, representing the cities of
Alhambra, Arcadia, Azusa, Baldwin Park (in part), Bradbury, Covina
(in part), Duarte, Glandora, Monrovia, Pasadena (in part), San Gabriel,
San Marino, Sierra Madre, South Pasadena, and part of Temple City.
The Library has proceessed 410 linear feet of his papers for the years
1963 - 1980. Approximately 20 linear feet of these documents for the
period 1981 to present are yet to be proceessed.
- Performing Arts Collection
- Arthur M. Applebaum Collection of Theater Plays
- The Arthur M. Applebaum Thearter Arts Collection consists of approximately
150 linear feet, or 2,600 individual plays.
To date, Mr. Applebaum, an entertainment and corporate attorney, has
made five contributions to the University of books related to the
theater, many of which have been added to the regular circulating
- California Arts Commission Collection of Orchestral
Scores and Parts
- The California Arts Commission Collection, consisting of 170 orchestral
scores and parts, or approximately 30 linear feet, was received the
by the University Library in 1979 from the California State Library.
This collection originally belonged to the Caliofrnia Arts Commission,
but was transferred to the State library when the Commisssion phased
out a planned program of orchestral performances.
The collection includes works by such composers as Bach, Beethoven,
Berlioz, Borodin, Brahms, Debussy, Dvorák, Elgar, Franck, Haydn,
Mahler, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Musorgsky, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Rinskii-Korsakov,
Rossini, Saint-Ssaëns, Schubert, Schumann, Shostakovich, Sibelius,
Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky,Wagner, and Weber. For each work, there is
a conductor's score and a complete set of orchestral parts. The Orchesdtral
Scores and Parts Collection has been catagloged; a finding list has
also been prepared and was distributed to orchestras throughout the
State of california. These scores and parts may be borrowed by California
orchestras for a period of one quarter.
- Roy Harris Collection of Musical Scores and
- Leroy Ellsworth Harris (1898 - 1979), American composer, was born
in Oklahoma, but moved at an early age to the San Gabriel Valley.
He became world renowned as a composer of American music. In 1973,
while Mr. Harris was a member of the CSULA Music Department faculty,
the University entered into an agreement whereby the Library became
the repository for his musical works and personal papers. These papers
consist of approximately 3,000 leaves of original manuscripts and
sketches, copies of published and unpublished works, 15,000 letters
and other memorabilia, commercial and noncommercial recordings of
the major portions of Roy Harris' works, and the complete holdings
on microfilm of Harris papers owned by the Library of Congress. In
1987, Mrs. Johana Harris added approximately 70 linear feet of documents
bringing the total to approxiately 180 linear feet. A Terms of
Agreement between the University and Harris specifies that Mrs.
Harris' consent is required before the collection may be used.
- Jeffrey Jones Collection of Sheet Music and
- Jeffrey Jones, grandson of composer Harry Warren, died at the age
of nineteen. Jeffrey's mother, Cookie Jones, gave his collection of
sheet music and music anthrologies to the Library in 1989. Included
are over 10,000 popular music scores, or approximately eighteen linear
feet, dating from the middle of the late 20th century. This collection
updates and strongly compliments the Jimmy McHugh Collection of Sheet
Harry Warren, considered to be the most successful composer of song
for American films, was born in Brooklyn in 1893 and, by way of Broadway,
came to Hollywood where he composed for over seventy-five films. In
1933, he wrote the music for Forty-Second Street and Gold
Diggers. He composed We're in the Money and Shadow Waltz.
Three of his songs received Academy awards: Lullaby of Broadway
(1935), You'll Never Know (1943), and On The Atchison, Topeka
and the Santa Fe (1946). From among this approximately 250 songs,
he is also known for such favorites as I Only Have Eyes for You
(1934), Jeepers Creepers (1938), You Must Have Been A Beautiful
Baby (1938), Springtime in the Rockies (1942), and That's
Amore (1953). There is a finding list for this collection.
- Glenn Jordan Collection of Light Opera Scripts
- Glenn Jordan was associated with light opera musical companies throughout
the United States and was director of the Los Angeles Civic Light
Opera from 1971 until his death in 1976. In 1986, Mrs. Glenn (Lucy)
Jordan presented to the University Mr. Jordan's collection of nineteen
light opera musical scores, eight-nine musical scripts and seventy-four
individual files with photographs and other related documents. The
Collection totals 21 linear feet; there is a finding list.
- Stan Kenton Collection of Musical Recordings
and Personal Papers
- Stanley Newcomb Kenton was born in Wichita, Kansas, February 19,
1911. He moved to Los Angeles at an early age. He was a renowned bandleader,
pianist, arranger, and composer of modern jazz. He made worldwide
concert appearances, billed as artistry in rhythm, progressive jazz,
and innovations in modern music. Kenton died in Los Angeles, August
In 1980, the University received from Mrs. Stanley (Audree Coke) Kenton,
Director of Kentonia, Inc., the Stan Kenton Collection. This collections
includes taped radio concerts and commercial recordings, reel-to-reel
tapes, taped interviews, videotapes, honors and awards, scapbooks,
posters, cards, newspaper reviews, programs, ink sketches, and photographs
of Kenton and his band dating from the early 1940's, but especially
strong in the 1960's and 1970's. There are approximately 40 linear
feet in the Stan Kenton Collection.
- Otto Klemperer Collection of Musical Scores
- Otto Klemperer, German conductor and composer, was born in Breslau,
Germany, May 14, 1885. After studying in Frankfurt and Berlin, he
became, after 1918, one of the leading German conductors of his generation.
From 1933-1939, he was conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.
The Klemperer Collection was presented to the University in the mid-1970's.
It includes 215 orchestral scores,or approximately 12 linear feet
including works by Bach, Bartok, Beethoven, Bloch, Brahms, Britten,
Bruckner, Busoni, Kelius, Gluck, Grieg, Handel, Hindemith, Krenek,
Liszt, Mahler, Malipiero, Mendelssohn, Milhaud, Mozart, Musorgsky,
Pfitzner, Prokofiev, Respighi, Schönberg, Schubert, Richard Strauss,
Stranvinsky, Tchaikovsky, and Wagner. Many include Klemperer's conducting
notations and some are signed by the conductor and the composer.
- Jimmy McHugh Collection of Sheet Music
- Jimmy McHugh, born in Boston, has been hailed as the most successful
Irish-American writer of popular songs since Victor Herbert. He wrote
such tuneful melodies as I Can't Give You anything But Love, Baby,
I'm In The Mood For Love, Don't Blame Me, On The Sunny Side Of The
Street, It's A Most Unusual Day, You're A Sweetheart, and Comin'
In On A Wing And A Prayer. The McHugh Collection, approximately
4 linear feet, consists of over 550 songs from the late 19th Century
to the early 1970's. The Jimmy McHugh Collection of Sheet Music complements
the Jeffrey Jones Collection of more recent music. There is a finding
list for this collection.
- Anthony Quinn Collection of Film Scripts
- Anthony Quinn was born on April 21, 1916, in Chihuahua, Mexico.
He moved with his family to Los angeles when he was four. His father
worked as a camera and property man at the Selig Studio. In 1936,
Quinn appeared in Clean Beds, a play by Mae West. Quinn has
made numerous film and Broadway appearances since 1936,when he first
appeared in a film, Parole. He won two Oscars: for supporting
role in Viva Zapata! (1952) and for the role of Paul Gauguin
in Lust for Life (1956). The Anthony Quinn Collection consists
of approximately 200 film scripts, or 20 linear feet, for which there
is a finding list.
Some of the film scripts in the anthony quinn Collection were made
into films and contain Mr. Quinn's annotations. Many scripts were
rejected by him. Included in the Collection are such titles as La
Strada, which won an Academy Award in 1956 as best foreign language
film, The Song of Rolan, The Great Sebastians, The Leopard's Spots,
Don Quixote, The Plumed Serpent, Ther Other Side of the Mountain,
and Blood Wedding.