In response to increased use of historical collections, the Department of Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) is modifying its reference hours this semester. SCUA will be open regular hours Monday – Friday from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. In addition, the research room will be open every Wednesday evening until 8:00 pm and every Saturday from 12:00pm – 4:00pm.
The new hours were proposed in an effort to meet student needs for access to collections. Quite simply a lot of students could not find enough time during the week when their classes were meeting. By extending our hours into the evening and weekends we hope to provide a service to those students, and members of the community, who could not otherwise find time to use the collections in their research.
There are a wide variety of collections housed in SCUA that support research into a variety of subjects and disciplines. In the recent past, students and faculty have conducted research into the origin of the Freedom of Information Act (the John Moss Papers), the politics of the Mexican-American Project at CSU, Sacramento (University Records), the internment of the Florin Community (the Japanese American Archival Collection), racism and the ‘Shockley Incident’ at Sacramento State College (University Records), the development of the Sacramento Army Depot (Sacramento Army Depot Collection), dissent on the Sacramento State College campus during the 1960’s (University Records), the eugenics connections to Charles M. Goethe (the Charles M. Goethe Collection), the history of physical education at CSU, Sacramento (University Records), and others.
Additional information about the Department of Special Collections and University Archives can be found on our website http://library.csus.edu/content2.asp?pageID=139
Also see the article Preserving the History of Progressive Politics in the Sacramento Region ( http://library.csus.edu/pubs/liaison/fall2006/scua.html ) by Sheila O'Neil, SCUA, that also appears in this newsletter.
For additional information please contact the Department at 278-6144.