Archival materials are stored in secure closed storage and retrieved for researchers, one box or item at a time, to view in a designated area. Every archive will have their own procedures, hours, and guidelines for using archival materials. Conducting research in an archive requires advanced planning and preparation. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic our reading room is closed. However, we are providing remote access to our collections.
Special Collections and Archives staff are providing student scan requests on demand. If you need materials from our collections for your course assignments we can scan them for you and send the files electronically.
If you are having trouble locating primary sources, ask an archivist or librarian by using our LibChat function. We are available to answer your questions from Monday - Friday, 10:00am - 5:00pm.
For in-depth research help, schedule a Research Consultation for one-on-one or small group assistance with a Special Collections Librarian through zoom.
In most cases, Cal State LA only owns the physical item/collection, not literary property or copyright. Therefore, as the researcher, it is your responsibility to seek the copyright status of an item if you wish to use it for publication. Items/collections that are owned by Cal State LA, researchers must make a request for permission and reproduction from SCA. However, if you are simply using the item for your own personal research there is no need to ask for permission.