These basic collection lists offer a starting point for research. Please contact us for more information.
Search the LMU library LINUS catalog for rare books.
To begin a rare book search, select "Advanced" under the Library Catalog search box on the library home page.
On the Advanced Search page, limit the search to Special Collections, search by title, author, and/or subject, enter a date range of publication if applicable.
Example of a subject search:
Search the Online Archive of California (OAC) for collection guides.
Center for the Study of Los Angeles (CSLA) Research Collections and most of the Manuscript Collections can be searched via collection guides on the OAC. A collection guide, also known as finding aid, describes the materials in an archival collection. It helps researchers understand and navigate what is in a collection. Entire collection guides are available for view as PDF and HTML.
To view a list of materials in an archival collection, look for the "Box and Folder List."
In the Box and Folder List, detailed descriptions are available. To request archival materials for a research appointment, please note the collection name and number, series number(s), and the box number(s).
Some University Archives collection guides can be searched on the Online Archive of California. In a collection guide, the Collection Overview describes the materials in an archival collection. An entire collection guide is available for view as PDF and HTML. In a PDF or HTML Collection Guide, a link to the collection container list is at the bottom of the last page.
Each container list includes a table of contents for navigation, as well as box and folder numbers with content descriptions. Container lists are text searchable for specific terms, names, or dates. To make a research appointment, please note the collection name and box number(s) that contain the materials you want to see.
Most University Archives collections are described in inventories. These inventories often include a table of contents and a list of collection materials. Inventories are text searchable using specific terms, names, or dates.
Box numbers are listed in brackets above the list of materials.