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Special Collections Research Center

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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 Fresno State 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.

Featured Item

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 Information

Fresno State Library
5200 N. Barton Ave., M/S UL34
Fresno, CA 93740-8014
P: 559.278.2595
F: 559.278.8093

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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