What makes our Special Research Collections so special is the diversity of our materials within it and their accessibility to researchers, scholars and collectors around the world. From our notable collection of early historical sound recordings to our world comics collection, and even a rare glimpse into photographs of New York’s early punk scene, Special Research Collections is a treasure trove of our collective history. It is a repository of the stories, ephemera and images that bind us together in our humanity.
At the Library, our mission is to preserve and protect this history so that we may gain insight into our past, present and future. We hope that you enjoy learning more about the UCSB Library’s Special Research Collections and about the people who cultivate them with care and passion.