Special Collections & Archives

Special Collections and Archives houses the UC Irvine Libraries' collections of rare books, manuscripts, archives, photographs, and other rare and special materials.  We welcome students, researchers, and the community members to visit and use our collections and services within our reading room. 

Online Archive of California
(search descriptions of our manuscript and archival collections)

(select "Special Collections & Archives" in the dropdown menu to search all of our collections)

About Us


UCI Libraries Special Collections & Archives serves the campus and community by fostering curiosity in and discovery of our collections through preservation, access, and instruction. We create an open atmosphere that nurtures the production of knowledge. We welcome everyone to participate and engage with our unique and rare materials.


UCI Libraries Special Collections & Archives strives to strengthen our distinctive collections, cultivate partnerships, and enrich the UCI, Orange County, and global scholarly community. We aspire to curate and disseminate a cohesive mosaic of information, filling gaps in the historical record for future generations. We seek to be at the heart of the scholarly endeavor through long-term community partnerships, robust research and learning resources, and world-class collections.


  • Care. We value accountability, commitment to professional standards and ethics, a holistic approach to teaching and learning, responsible and efficient stewardship of collections, and quality service to our users.
  • Curiosity. We are open to new ideas and experimental in our endeavors, providing creative and innovative leadership in digital initiatives, collection management and descriptive practice, outreach, and open access to our collections.
  • Community. As a highly collaborative team, we value accessibility, inclusivity, and consistency in the application of our expertise to partnerships on campus, in the community, and around the world.