Special Collections

Feuchtwanger Memorial Library
Horton Rare Book Room

Library Hours

  • Special Collections
Thu Jun 20
1pm to 5pm
Fri Jun 21
1pm to 5pm
Sat Jun 22
Closed
Sun Jun 23
Closed
Mon Jun 24
1pm to 5pm
Tue Jun 25
1pm to 5pm
Wed Jun 26
1pm to 5pm
Thu Jun 27
1pm to 5pm
Fri Jun 28
1pm to 5pm
Sat Jun 29
Closed
Sun Jun 30
Closed
Mon Jul 01
1pm to 5pm
Tue Jul 02
1pm to 5pm
Wed Jul 03
1pm to 5pm
Thu Jul 04
Closed
Fri Jul 05
Closed
Sat Jul 06
Closed
Sun Jul 07
Closed
Mon Jul 08
1pm to 5pm
Tue Jul 09
1pm to 5pm
Wed Jul 10
1pm to 5pm
Thu Jul 11
1pm to 5pm
Fri Jul 12
1pm to 5pm
Sat Jul 13
Closed
Sun Jul 14
Closed
Mon Jul 15
1pm to 5pm
Tue Jul 16
1pm to 5pm
Wed Jul 17
1pm to 5pm
Thu Jul 18
1pm to 5pm
Fri Jul 19
1pm to 5pm
Sat Jul 20
Closed
Sun Jul 21
Closed
Mon Jul 22
1pm to 5pm
Tue Jul 23
1pm to 5pm
Wed Jul 24
1pm to 5pm
Thu Jul 25
1pm to 5pm
Fri Jul 26
1pm to 5pm
Sat Jul 27
Closed
Sun Jul 28
Closed
Mon Jul 29
1pm to 5pm
Tue Jul 30
1pm to 5pm
Wed Jul 31
1pm to 5pm
Thu Aug 01
1pm to 5pm
Fri Aug 02
1pm to 5pm
Sat Aug 03
Closed
Sun Aug 04
Closed
Mon Aug 05
1pm to 5pm
Tue Aug 06
1pm to 5pm
Wed Aug 07
1pm to 5pm
Thu Aug 08
1pm to 5pm
Fri Aug 09
1pm to 5pm
Sat Aug 10
Closed
Sun Aug 11
Closed
Mon Aug 12
1pm to 5pm
Tue Aug 13
1pm to 5pm
Wed Aug 14
1pm to 5pm
Thu Aug 15
1pm to 5pm
Fri Aug 16
1pm to 5pm
Sat Aug 17
Closed
Sun Aug 18
Closed
Mon Aug 19
1pm to 5pm
Tue Aug 20
1pm to 5pm
Wed Aug 21
1pm to 5pm
Thu Aug 22
1pm to 5pm
Fri Aug 23
1pm to 5pm
Sat Aug 24
Closed
Sun Aug 25
Closed
Mon Aug 26
1pm to 5pm
Tue Aug 27
1pm to 5pm
Wed Aug 28
1pm to 5pm
Thu Aug 29
1pm to 5pm

Special Collections is open for research to both USC faculty, students and staff, and non-USC researchers, by appointment.  Please visit our reservations page for information on how to access collections and campus.

Below please find information on library services & resources available online, as well as helpful information about electronically available primary sources.

Research Guide with Information on Electronically available Primary Sources

Research Guide with General Information on working with Primary Sources

Are you an instructor and want to work with us on integrating primary sources and primary source literacy into your (online) teaching? Contact us at specol@usc.edu. Check out our teaching platform for primary source literacy which offers modules on various topics which students can explore synchronously or asynchronously.

 

General contact:
Reference desk: DML Rm 209
Phone: 213 740 5900
specol@usc.edu

Head: Sue Luftschein

 

Overview

Special Collections at the University of Southern California oversees the university's primary source collections including archives, manuscripts, historic photographs, and rare books. The department holds more than 200,000 volumes, more than 1000 archival collections, and more than 2 million photographs. 

Our mission is to lend intellectual excitement and vitality to the campus and community through access to our collections of archives, rare books, and other unique materials. We accomplish this by offering public programming, exhibits and instructional support, and preserving, promoting and fostering access to primary source material in our main areas of strength:  Holocaust and Genocide Studies; Iberian and Latin American Studies; Lewis Carroll and Alice in Wonderland; Lion Feuchtwanger and the European exiles of the 20th century in Southern California; Natural History; Southern California Regional History; and USC history. This provides USC faculty, students and staff  and others outside the university community the opportunity to explore our unique primary source collections for their research and creative projects. 

An account is required to consult our materials. Go to our Specialized Research Collections Request page and register for a free account in our online request service. This online system allows you to make requests for materials, track the progress of your requests and plan your visits to our reading rooms anywhere anytime. After registering for an account, you will be able to request items online directly from USC's online catalog and our online finding aids.

The USC Libraries are temporarily pausing acceptance of unsolicited books and other collections. We expect to resume reviewing donation offers in December 2022.

We appreciate your thinking of us. However, please keep in mind that when the pause ends, in most cases we are rarely able to accept unsolicited items. You might also consider organizations like Better World Books or Pick Up Please, or your local public library may accept donations of used books.

 

Location:

Doheny Memorial Library
3550 Trousdale Parkway, Room 209
University Park Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0189

MAP: DML (second floor)

 

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