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Director Judith Kantor and a summer institute participant examine documents in the Special Collections reading room; photo by Susan DeBlasio The Department of Special Collections houses the UCLA Library's rare and unique materials. The Department's collection development has evolved to focus its activities in the humanities and social sciences, supported by circulating holdings of the Young Research Library. The department provides access to primary materials for use by students, faculty, and local, regional, national, and international scholars.

The bulk of the department's holdings include rare books and pamphlets, manuscripts, archives, photographs, and rare maps and atlases. Many 19th- and 20th-century collections contain a broader variety of non-book materials, such as artifacts, audio and videotape recordings, numerous types of printed ephemera, oral history transcripts, phonograph records, postcards, and posters.

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