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.
Formerly titled “The Queens’ Vernacular,” this book is almost like a proto-Urban dictionary, and provides lists of words and definitions used within the Gay community in the 20th Century (it was published in the early 70’s). It doesn’t shy away from the graphic, recording hundreds of vivid synonyms for different body parts. The tone of example sentences and of the book overall tends to the entertaining and irreverent, but it also doesn’t shy away from homophobic terms. This lexicographical look at LGBT culture is both fascinating, and applicable to modern linguistic trends, as many slang terms from the LGBT community (as well as others) gain popularity and usage through internet trends and dissemination. Documenting the history of minority language is an important work, and one which this book does in a way that’s never boring. My favorite definition: “missiletoes – attractive astronauts”.
—Caitlin Brady, English Studies Spring 2023
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