University Archives in the CSUSM Library

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.

Special 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.

The CSUSM Collection at California Light and Sound offers a selection of events held during our early existence as San Diego State University-North County as well as the CSUSM Arts & Lectures program. The events range from Native American storytelling to lectures and musical performances. A notable supplement to this group is a videorecording of a day-long hearing on Border Issues held in San Diego February 5, 1993 with California Senator William Craven, Chair.

The Paul Ecke Ranch Collection consists primarily of the business and administrative records of The Paul Ecke Ranch, Inc., from its origin in the early 1900s to its eventual sale to the Dutch-based Agribio Group in 2012. The Ecke Ranch was a privately-owned horticulture company that specialized in the development of new varieties of floral products and the production of floral cuttings for sale to growers of finished products. At one point, the Ranch was the world's largest supplier of poinsettia genetics. Spanning over 650 cubic ft., the bulk of the records in the collection document the operations, sales, strategic planning, correspondence and marketing efforts of the business from 1923 (when the business moved from Los Angeles to Encinitas, CA) to 2012 and cover business operations across the United States, as well as in Europe, Asia and South America. In addition, the collection includes family papers, photographs, various media formats and artifacts. As of August 2017, the Ecke collection is being processed, arranged and described. A detailed finding aid and select digital files will be made accessible to the public once processing has been completed. Researchers can get in touch with the Processing Archivist for more information. 


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
Special Collections & History Librarian

Aditi Worcester
Processing Archivist

Contact Info