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Special Collections Research Center

Wonders from the Wondrous Worlds' Fair collection of John R. Reynolds

Current Exhibition

Wonders from the Wondrous Worlds' Fair Collection of John R. Reynolds

The Special Collections Research Center presents selections from the recent donation by John R. Reynolds to the Donald G. Larson Collection on International Expositions and Fairs. Highlighting decorative artifacts such as gemstone glass, hand painted fans, and souvenir pillows and myriad other decorations and ephemera from early 20th Century World's Fairs, the exhibit will be on display through the spring 2019 academic term.

The Donald G. Larson Collection on International Expositions and Fairs is among the largest publicly accessible collections of world's fair artifacts on the globe. The collection consists of approximately 1,600 books and more than 6,500 pamphlets, postcards, photographs, sheet music, and other materials dating as far back as the Great Exhibition in London in 1851. It has been used for research by many scholars from around the world since its inception in 1972.

Open for viewing Monday - Friday, December 2 - Spring 2020.
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Free of Charge.

About Us

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.

NOTE: A picture I.D. is required while you are doing research and photocopying is done by our staff.

Postcard view of Glacier Point, Yosemite, circa 1915. From the Woodward collection.

Local History Collection

We have a broad spectrum of materials which document the history of our region.

Black and white photograph of a dam waterway from collection.

Water-Related Collections

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.

Cover of Souvenir Views of the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition.

World’s Fair Collection

We offer access to a very special collection of memorabilia for World"s Fairs.

Cover of the millionth volume added to the Henry Madden Library. From the Woodward collection.

Book Collections

We house several specialized book collections. Not everything in Special Collections is listed in the online system.

Photograph of President Arnold Joyal walking across the Fresno State campus, circa 1958.

University Archives

Many different types of magazines, newspapers, and materials showing the history of our campus.

Bernie Sisk with Jimmy Carter at Fresno airport press conference. From the B. F. Sisk Papers.

Political Collections

Manuscript collections documenting the political history of Central California, featuring the records of congresspeople, state legislators, a mayor and political organizations.

E. E. Roussel and A. Anvers Cognac label.

Enology Collection

Established in 1968, when materials were purchased from the personal collection of a well-known wine journalist, Roy Brady.

Photograph of Friant Dam under construction, circa 1940. From the Woodward collection.

Photographs and Slides

A lot of our photographs and slides are available online; while others must be seen physically.

Women in day dresses from the bustle period, 1884. From the Little-Bower fashion plate collection.

Other Collections

A large number of other unique and interesting collections exist within our library walls. We want you to explore them.

Contact Information

Henry Madden Library Building
5200 N. Barton Ave., M/S ML34
Fresno, CA 93740-8014
P: 559.278.2595
F: 559.278.8093

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The Center is open for research by appointment only from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; only when the library building is open.

Research Center Staff

Tammy Lau
Head of Special Collections Research Center & University Archivist
Julie Moore
Catalog Librarian for Special Collections
Adam Wallace
Special Collections & Archives Specialist
Karina Cardenas
Special Collections & Archives Assistant