Guide to Special Collections

Guide to Special Collections

Special Collections - Introduction
Reference Service
Hours && Restrictions

General Special Collections
Rare Periodicals
Selected Archives of CSULA & CSU
Public Officials' Papers
Richard Alatorre
Ernest E. Debs
Mervyn M. Dymally
John C. Holland
Julian C. Nava
Edward R. Roybal
Distinctive Collections within Special Collections
Newberry & Caldecott Award Collections
John K. Pollard Collection of Children's Books
Perry R. Long Collection of Books on Printing & Graphic Design
Joseph Wambaugh Collection of Manuscripts
Performing Arts Collection
Arthur M. Applebaum Collection of Theater Plays
California Arts Commission Collection of Orchestral Scores & Parts
Roy Harris Collection of Musical Scores & Personal Papers
Jeffrey Jones Collection of Sheet Music & Music Anthologies
Glenn Jordan Collection of Light Opera Scripts & Scores
Stan Kenton Collection of Musical Recordings & Personal Papers
Otto Klemperer Collection of Musical Scores
Jimmy McHugh Collection of Sheet Music
Anthony Quinn Collection of Film Scripts
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 Atlanticus.

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 and CSU

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 Special Collections

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 1966.

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 Eduction papers.

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 collection.

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 Personal Papers
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 Music Anthologies
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 Music.

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 and Scores
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 27, 1979.

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, Sch&oumlnberg, 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.