The recently uncovered history of Dr. Henry Miller Madden’s deeply-held antisemitic views and Nazi sympathies, as reflected in his own writings and papers housed in our library, has led to an increased interest in the Henry Miller Madden Papers in our Special Collections Research Center.
Our library is committed to transparent access to all of our collections for research by students, faculty, community, and members of the media. If you are interested in viewing this collection, please refer to the process outlined below.
President Saúl Jiminez-Sandoval has formed the “Task Force to Review the Naming of the University Library” in light of these recently discovered documents.
Finding Aid to the Henry Miller Madden Papers:
Access to the Henry Miller Madden Papers - Special Collections Research Center (SCRC)
Researcher Access to the SCRC
- Researchers should make an appointment to visit the SCRC. Hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Make an appointment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 559.278.2595. The SCRC closes from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. daily.
- Appointments will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Researchers will receive a confirmation email regarding their scheduled appointment. When researchers arrive for their appointment, they must show an ID and will be asked to place bags and other personal items in a locker.
Visits by Classes or Groups of More Than Five
- Staff can arrange a private group viewing appointments during open hours for the Task Force, classes, and community stakeholder groups.
- Please speak with Tammy Lau, Head of the SCRC and University Archivist, about plans to bring large groups into the library to address possible logistical concerns.
Special instructions for the Henry Miller Madden Papers during this period:
- Researchers will be asked to place their personal belongings in a secure locker during their visit. Researchers may take notes on their personal laptop or using pencil and paper. No pens are permitted in order to protect the materials.
- The Finding Aid details the scope of the collection and the organization of the 53 boxes of papers. Researchers can request materials by box, box and folder, or ask staff to assist them in locating a particular document.
- To assist researchers, staff have identified items of particular interest and created three folders — photos, postcards, and letters — that any researcher may request. These include letters cited in the book Hitler’s American Friends by Dr. Bradley Hart and other items staff have encountered.
- To protect the materials during this period of heavy use, library staff have protected key items with archival mylar sleeves. Researchers will be asked to wear cotton gloves provided by staff to handle photographs and certain delicate items.