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University Archives

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About the Archives

Uses of the Archives

Contact for Assistance

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About the Archives

The University Archives documents the history of the University of California, particularly the Office of the President and the Berkeley campus.

Collections include official records, reports, publications, correspondence, digital files, maps, photographs, audiovisual materials, oral histories, memorabilia, and the papers of Berkeley faculty.

The earliest material relates to the College of California (1855-1868), the founding of the University in 1868, and early plans and activities of the president and the Board of Regents. The University Archives began as a repository of University of California printed documents in the mid-1870s. It was designated as the official repository of University administrative records of enduring historical importance in 1964.

Archival materials illuminate campus life, academic and administrative activity, faculty governance, research and teaching, student activities, sports, and community relations. Special strengths include political and activist literature, especially in the form of leaflets, and student publications.

Uses of the Archives

The archival collections are used heavily by students, faculty, staff, and administrators throughout the University of California system. They are also used by a wide range of researchers beyond UC, including scholars and genealogists. The pictorial collections are often featured in campus publications.

The University Archives has its own ongoing exhibition program (in the Rowell display cases on the 2nd floor corridor between the Bancroft and Doe Libraries) and contributes to other exhibitions when their subjects fall within its scope.

Contact for Assistance

For records-transfer guidance, reference assistance, or further information, consult Associate University Archivist Kathryn Neal at kneal@library.berkeley.edu.

Explore the Archives

Online Finding Aids

Transferring Records to the Archives 

Days of Cal: A Virtual History Tour

The University Loyalty Oath Symposium

Center for Studies in Higher Education

UC History Digital Archives

Gay Bears: The Hidden History of the Berkeley Campus

Trees of Berkeley