University Library

San Diego State University

Special Collections at the San Diego State University Library house approximately 60,000 volumes, 500 manuscript collections, and 500,000 other items such as photographs, art prints, postcards, memorabilia, scrapbooks, etchings, and oral histories. Subject strengths include early astronomy and other sciences, orchids, surfing, popular sheet music, John F. Kennedy, Edward Gorey, postcards, science fiction, zines, comics, and San Diego history. Early printed works include 13 books before 1501, over 200 16th-century imprints, and 1,000 17th-century imprints.