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University Archives

University Archives

About the Archives
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Days of Cal: A Virtual History Tour
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Gay Bears: The Hidden History of the Berkeley Campus
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About the Archives

The University Archives documents the history of the University, particularly the Office of the President and the Berkeley campus, through the collecting of University publications and of records of enduring historical interest. The collection is strong in student protest literature, particularly in the form of leaflets, and in student publications generally. In addition to printed materials and administrative records, University Archives includes holdings in other formats: pictorial, maps, audio-visual, and memorabilia. The collection largely dates from the founding of the University in 1868, although it contains some materials pertaining to the College of California (1855-1868). The collection began as a repository of University of California printed documents in the mid 1870s; it was finally designated as repository of University administrative records of historical importance in 1964. The collection consists, with very few exceptions, of English language material.

While there are some printed materials from other campuses of the University in the collection, this has largely been de-emphasized since circa 1985. University Archives does not attempt to collect state documents pertaining to the University, nor does it collect general materials on higher education in California. In years past, it collected faculty monographs and the output of the University of California Press, but these were curtailed many years ago, although faculty reprint files are maintained.

The collection is used by a wide range of scholars, both from within the university and outside. It is also used heavily by UC administrators and functions as a corporate archives in supplying historical information, particularly to the Office of the President. The pictorial collections are often used in campus publications. In addition to acting as a resource for historical research, it has an ongoing exhibit program of its own (in the Rowell case) and contributes to other exhibits whose subject falls within the scope of the archives. The collection does not relate particularly to any specific teaching departments, but its resources are used by students from a wide range of disciplines.

For further information, consult the Associate University Archivist Kathryn Neal.


Current holdings

  • 24,000 volumes
  • 3,500 linear feet of records
  • 25,000 photographs
  • 180 maps
  • 700 tape recordings
  • 100 motion picture films
  • 110 memorabilia


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