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Special Collections Department

   Dace Taube
Library Manager:
   Rachelle Smith
Location: DML Rm 209
Phone: 213 740 5900
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The Special Collections department provides access to and preserves archival, historic, and primary source materials in its main areas of strength: Los Angeles regional history; American literature; Lion Feuchtwanger and the German émigré experience; natural history; Iberian, Latin American, and U.S. Hispanics studies, and USC history and the university’s intellectual life. Our quarters provide an area where students, faculty, and their classes may pursue intellectual exchange and quiet discovery of the library’s rare and other non-circulating materials.

A research account is required to consult our materials. Go to our Specialized Research Collections Request page and register for a research account. This online request service allows you to make requests for materials, track the progress of your requests and plan your visits to our reading rooms anywhere anytime. After registering for an account, you will be able to request items online directly from HOMER and our online finding aids.

» Guide to USC Libraries Special Collections

Finding Collections

» Search/Browse Archival Collections and Finding Aids

» USC Digital Library

» LA as Subject (Directory of Los Angeles-based archives)


Research Guides