Please enjoy these exhibitions:
- The Silenced and Silences: Representations in Ethnic Studies: displays the deep histories of racism and discrimination as well as the responses of activism and education from marginalized Ethnic Studies communities.
- Remembering Executive Order 9066: 80 Years Later: documenting the removal of all Japanese Americans from the West Coast, through photographs.
The Special Collections Research Center is comprised of several specialized book collections, manuscript collections, and the University Archives. Anyone is welcome to use our collections, but all materials must be viewed in the Woodward Family Reading Room.
- Visit the Information for Researchers and Donors page for more details and suggestions.
- View past exhibitions and gift/donor information.
NOTE: A picture I.D. is required while you are doing research and photocopying is done by our staff.
We have a broad spectrum of materials which document the history of our region.
As water is critical to our region's past, present and future, our water-related collections form a very important subset of our local history manuscript collections.
We offer access to a very special collection of memorabilia for World"s Fairs.
We house several specialized book collections. Not everything in Special Collections is listed in the online system.
Many different types of magazines, newspapers, and materials showing the history of our campus.
Manuscript collections documenting the political history of Central California, featuring the records of congresspeople, state legislators, a mayor and political organizations.
Established in 1968, when materials were purchased from the personal collection of a well-known wine journalist, Roy Brady.
A lot of our photographs and slides are available online; while others must be seen physically.
A large number of other unique and interesting collections exist within our library walls. We want you to explore them.
The first time I saw an LGBTQ+ person on screen, they were used more as a comedic device than as a character. The Lavender Screen. The Gay, and Lesbian Films: Their Stars, Makers, Characters and Critics by Boze Hadleigh (New York: Carol Publishing Group, 1993) talks about a large handful of movies that included LGBTQ+ characters that, even when comedic, were people and characters, not plot devices. As an avid movie and television watcher, it is nice to see ways in which LGBTQ+ people have been present throughout Hollywood cinema history.
Ben Nehring (he/him/his)
B.A. in History, 2020 (Fresno State)
candidate for M.A. in History (expected Spring 2024)
Contact InformationFresno State Library
5200 N. Barton Ave., M/S UL34
Fresno, CA 93740-8014
Research Center Staff
- Tammy Lau
- Head of Special Collections Research Center & University Archivist
- Julie Moore
- Catalog Librarian for Special Collections
- Adam Wallace
- Lead Special Collections & Digital Archives Specialist
- Madeline McKeever
- Special Collections and Archives Assistant
- Caitlin Brady
- Student Assistant - B.A. English Studies, 2023
- Ben Nehring
- Student Assistant - M.A. History, 2024
- Sara Pineda
- Student Assistant - B.A. English Studies, 2024