University Archives in the CSUSM Library

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Our Mission

To collect, preserve, and provide access to artifacts and information about the University, its founding, growth, and impact on our local community.

What We Have

The CSUSM Archives contain materials relevant to California State University San Marcos from its beginnings in the 1980s as San Diego State North County through today. The collections include, but are not limited to papers, colloquia, maps, photographs, audiovisual recordings, realia, and legal documentation regarding the founding and growth of the 20th CSU.  Secondary records include documentation in any form that is produced by outside sources, such as newspaper clippings, deemed of value regarding University activities or members of the University community. We encourage consultation on needed materials prior to your visit.

Digital Collections

CSUSM Student Newspaper: The First 25 Years (1990-2015) is the first digital project for the Archives and one of many projects we have planned to make our holdings more accessible.


Access to materials in Library Archive is by appointment only and are available Monday-Friday, 8 AM to 3 PM with the Archives closing at 4 PM. The Archives observes all campus holiday closures as noted in the Library Calendar. 

Please complete the appropriate form below to schedule an appointment. 

Do not bring liquids or foods into the archives reading room. We have appropriate gloves or ask that your hands are clean and dry before handling materials removed from their protective containers. You will be provided a locker for storing all possessions other than a laptop computer, paper and pencil. If you expect to scan or copy materials, consult with staff before your visit for download and print options.

The Archives Research Room and collections are found in Kellogg 1006, around the corner from the CSUSM Writing Center.

Useful links:

Map of campus with visitor parking 

Parking fee information 


Student Appointment Form

Non-Student Appointment Form

More Information

Office Contact:

Dannis Mitchell
Library Services Specialist

Judith A. Downie
Archives and History Librarian & Government Documents Coordinator 

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