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Overview of Special Collections

The mission of Special Collections is to collect, preserve, and provide access to manuscript collections made up of primary sources that focus primarily on California and American history, as well as a specialized book collection on the American West, and the university archives. The Special Collections department especially welcomes Pacific students to use its unique resources in their research, and is also open to the general public.

Digital Collections

Browse and search digitized primary sources online

Browse Pacific Finding Aids

Search Pacific Finding Aids






John Muir Papers

The world’s largest collection of Muir documents

Brubeck Collection

The archives of jazz legend Dave Brubeck

Japanese-American Internment Collections

A variety of documents from the internment camps

Western Americana

More than 400 collections of unique primary sources and a specialized book collection

University Archives

Historic records generated by administration, faculty, staff and students of Pacific