Meriam Library Special Collections and University Archives

Welcome to the Meriam Library Special Collections and University Archives, a unique regional resource of written and pictorial materials which document the historical as well as the contemporary issues of the 12-county region known as "northeastern California" as well as the history of California State University, Chico.

Special Collections is composed of several "collections" which are housed together in this non-circulating area of the library because of rarity, source, condition or form. Access to the material is provided primarily through the Meriam Library's online Library Catalog. Use of these items is limited to the Special Collections reading room and are available for research by faculty, students, visiting scholars, and community members.

Explore Our Collections

Manuscripts Collection
Historical Map Collection
University Archives
Photograph Collection
Rare Book Collection
Northeastern California History

Summer 2017 Hours

Special Collections will be open Monday through Thursday from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

The department is closed during the university's scheduled holidays.

We will be closed Tuesday July 4th.

Due to ongoing construction through August the Library main entrance way is closed. Look for signs directing to our temporary entrance.

Due to construction unusual levels of noise may impact users. Please call ahead for more information.

Please call our office or email if you have any questions about scheduling a visit.

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